Camp responds to collapse of youth, requests prayers Send a link to a friend
[JULY 26, 2003] The staff of Camp CILCA, rural Cantrall, extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family of camper Ryan Van Sandt.
Van Sandt, age 13, had just finished taking a lifeguard-supervised swim test at the beach area of the 12-acre camp lake on Monday, July 21. Afterward he complained to his friends of numbness in his hands and of being very tired. He then collapsed while standing in knee-deep water.
The Red Cross-trained camp staff followed the emergency action plan that was in place and took all appropriate measures, which included CPR. Emergency rescue personnel were called immediately. Upon arrival at the scene, they took over all lifesaving measures and transported him to St. Johnís Hospital.
Parents of all campers were notified of the situation and given the opportunity to visit or talk with their children, and local pastors and grief counselors were brought in by the staff to help the campers cope with this tragedy. Counselors continued to be available throughout the week, until the campers returned home.
Camp CILCA, an acronym for Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association, is a Lutheran summer camp, located north of Springfield. The 225-acre camp has been in operation since 1950 and has served approximately 900 campers each year for the past several years. The Christian-based summer camp program has been run for the last 13 years by Rich Harkins.
The camp director and his staff encourage everyone to support and pray for the Van Sandt family, as well as the other campers who were present during the time of this loss.
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