Summer Camp Horror Stories


Summer camp is supposed to be filled with fun activities, new friends, and life-long memories. Accidents can happen anywhere, but these summer camp horror stories prove that summer camps aren’t spared the worst kinds tragedies and terrifying incidents.

Just about every person who’s gone to summer camp has memories of terrible mosquito bites and poison ivy. Leaving camp with scrapes and bruises or even a broken bone doesn’t seem so surprising. Though exact statistics are not known, it’s estimated that as many as a hundred campers die every year while away for the summer.  Our list compiles car wrecks, swimming accidents, fires and heartbreaking tragedies that all took place at summer camp. Other horror stories involve food allergies, and general negligence on the part of terrible counselors and supervisors.


There are serious risks you should consider when you send your kid off to live with strangers for a few weeks. Before you decide on a camp for your kids, make sure you’ve done your research. Laws regarding summer camps vary from state to state. While 2,200 camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (meaning they have met the organization’s safety and health standards), inspections are only required every three years. That means you need to ask the tough questions when it comes to the safety of your child. 


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