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In 2013, 23 lightening fatalities were reported in the United States by the National Weather Service. Florida and Arizona tie for the highest number of fatalities. Although the odds of you being stuck are slim, even if you survive being struck most injuries are serious and lifelong. A direct hit by lightning is very rare and only accounts for 3-5% of lightening fatalities. A person is more likely to be injured or killed by ground current that spreads out through the earth, rock or water from the point of lightning contact. If you spend anytime outdoors it is important to learn and understand lightning safety.
The National Weather Service states that “NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area.” The best place to be during a lightning storm is inside. If you cannot get indoors there are some things you can do to survive a lightning storm. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning.
Guidelines for Avoiding Lightning Strikes
If you find yourself caught in a lightning storm, do not panic. Stay calm and take the proper immediate precautions. Immediately leave open fields, elevated mountain tops, or watery areas. Get away from tall or isolated structures and never use trees as shelter. The idea that electronic devices and metal on your body attract lightning is a myth, so don’t take the time to remove these. Find shelter to ride out the storm. If you are driving stay inside the vehicle, on or under a vehicle is bad. If no shelter can be found, sit on an insulated pad or other object to reduce contact with ground current. Spread your group out to avoid a multiple-casualty strike. If moving toward safety keep moving. Avoid open areas where you are the tallest object. Do not hold wire fence, wet rope, or other conductors.
Because the charge simply passes through the body, a lightning strike victim does not carry an electric charge after being struck. If they are not breathing or have no pulse, start performing CPR chest compressions until they regain consciousness or help arrives. Treat electrical burns as you would any other type. Neurological and internal injuries are possible, however, 80% of people recover after being hit by lightning. It is also possible for someone to be hit by lightning and be practically uninjured.
You might have missed our family camps this fall but it is not too late to get out and enjoy nature. Join us on our next family event at Shades State park on November 16th. Our Shades of Death Family Photo Scavenger Hunt will have you discovering parts of Indiana that you never knew existed. Come meet other families and enjoy a fun day out in nature with your family. There is no charge for this event. You may have to pay a park gate admission of $5 (or use your Indiana State Park Pass). Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
We just got back from a weeklong backpacking trip with (40) 8th graders. For this adventure, I was leading the base camp trek. The base campers quickly created a team identity as the Rockhopper trek as these 12 kids could not pass a pile of boulders without climbing all over them. The teacher in my trek and I decided to also give each of the students a nature base trail name. One student was a quiet gentle leader that climbed hills with incredible strength; we named him “Ram.” “Ram” also has autism. He is 17 and in the 8th grade. With me, “Ram” was quiet, I had to coax him to talk and he usually looked at the ground when he did talk. I did not really realize how closed off he was. On the second day of the trip, the teacher told me that he had talked more in the past 2 days than he had in the past 2 years in her classroom. The following day, while waiting their turn to depart on the solo hike, “Ram,” “Flat Rock,” “Birdman,” and myself were talking and sharing riddles. “Birdman” also pointed out that he had heard “Ram” talk more on the trip than he had ever heard him talk and “Flat Rock,” “Ram’s” tent mate and friend, said that he had seen him smile more and laugh more on the trip as well. After rafting, I saw “Ram” having lunch with one of the other students from our trek. He was eating, smiling, conversing, and making eye contact. Later, “Ram” told his teacher that the trip was a turning point for him. He was not going to let autism rule over him anymore. When I asked him how he felt about the trip, his response was “I feel accomplished.”
What we do matters! This trip made a powerful impact on the lives of 40 students, 4 teachers, and 4 staff. This is only one of at least a dozen of stories. I hope that when you read this story, and reflect on your support of Camptown, you too can say, “I feel accomplished.”
Camptown announces it has received a $15,000 grant from the Sprint Foundation in support of its outdoor programming. “With this grant Sprint will help Camptown bring outdoor education and adventure to over 500 underprivileged youth in central Indiana” says Executive Director Don Schafer. Through day, overnight and weeklong programs youth will experience for the first time outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, backpacking, and camping.
“Sprint is pleased to offer this grant to Camptown, to the Indianapolis community and to the young people whose lives will be touched,” said Ralph Reid, vice president-Sprint Corporate Responsibility. “The Camptown program directly and positively influences three of four focus areas established for the Sprint Foundation: education, youth development and community development. Sprint is proud to be a part of this important, creative program and all the good it makes possible.”
The youth that will benefit from this grant include inner city elementary students, middle school students, and special needs students. Camptown introduces area youth to the outdoors who might not get the opportunity to connect with nature. The typical participant is 8-18 years old, lives in a single-parent household, with income below the poverty level. Programming is paid for through donations such as the Sprint Grant and makes an impact that is felt by the entire community.
Since 1991, Camptown has been leading youth to a better path by providing outdoor adventures and nature programs that challenge, mentor, and teach youth about nature and life.
Camptown partners with other youth organizations in Central Indiana to offer these exciting and unique programs to their students to build life skills, character and confidence. Camptown is the only organization of its kind in Central Indiana and is well-recognized for its efforts. Camptown received Best Nature Outdoor Program in 2000 from the National Park and Recreation Association and received the Indiana Achievement Award in 2010 for exemplary non-profit management.
For more information please contact Don Schafer at 317.471.8277 or email@example.com