The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 25, 1998 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 25, 1998
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL NATION MONDAY, MAY 25, 1998 AB RECREATION Summer camps become politically correct Songs about little Indians are out, and counselors are wary of facing sexual abuse charges By PAISLEY DODDS The Associated Press BOSTON — When Pat Hammond was a camp counselor two decades ago, campfire songs about little Indians were common, games were competitive and patting a kid on the back was OK. "Twenty years ago we wouldn't have thought twice about letting kids sit on our laps at campfires or making sure their shoulders had sunscreen on them," said Hammond, a standards director at the American Camping Association. "But we have to be really careful now." Today, camps and other institutions are skittish about possible lawsuits over sexual abuse, discrimination and mal• practice. Counselors once were expected only to be trusted leaders and role models. Now, accredited camps require them to undergo background checks and to complete training in sensitivity as well as pitching tents. "Being a camp counselor has become • more of a profession," said Charlotte Shire, director of the Wildwood Camp in Gardner. Counselors at Wildwood take a two- week course that covers medication precautions, Lyme disease, reporting sexual abuse, dealing with children's emotional needs and what are considered "appropriate" ways of touching. The Indianapolis-based Camping Association suggests training guidelines and The Associated Press Cape Cod Sea Camps "sail master" Ed Barber (foreground) prepares a sail boat with water ski instructor Brian Lutes at the summer camp in Brewster, Mass. Although the games and activities have changed little over the years, the rules of supervising and caring for children have changed dramatically. accredits camps if they meet certain standards. Training varies from camp to camp and state to state, but the biggest change over the last 20 years has been a heightened awareness of sexual abuse and molestation, Hammond said. Last year, the parents of four boys sued the Boy Scouts for $72 million, claiming older campers sodomized their sons, ages 6 through 10, with a broomstick in 1996 at Camp Keowa in Narrowsburg, N.Y. The case is still pending. "These days, camps are most concerned about getting enough insurance to protect them against sexual molestation and automobile accidents," said Ed Lang, an underwriter for Marquel Insurance, a Glen Allen, Va.-based agency that insures more than 700 summer camps nationwide. It's normal for camps to carry an average of $1 million in general liability insurance to protect them against lawsuits over such things as falls and accidental deaths. But it's also becoming common for camps to take out additional insurance against lawsuits alleging sexual abuse, harassment, malpractice or neglect, Lang said. Because of the fear of sexual molestation, it's no longer acceptable for camp counselors to give children hugs or affectionate pats on the back. Some camps, like the Cambridge School of Weston, prohibit counselors from rubbing sunscreen on children or being alone with individual children. Some parents said they do their part by teaching kids the rules in advance. "They send us the rules of the road before we send the kids," said Donna Edwards, 51, Richmond, Va. She has two children who have attended Camp Friendship in Palmyra, Va. "If we agree and the kids agree, we both sign contracts saying that we will obey the rules. It's different from when I was a kid, but so far I've been very pleased." Other changes have been made to traditional songs and prayers. "Obviously, we don't sing 'One little, two little, three little Indians' anymore,' " Hammond said. "In nondenominational camps, we also suggest that saying Jesus be replaced with something else." Hammond said the added guidelines don't have to mean a sanitized camp experience for children. But to some, summer camp was better when it was about fun and games. "Political correctness is an extension of Puritanism — it's a witchhunt," said David Horowitz, director for the Los Angeles-based Center for Study on Popular Culture. "Luckily, I think it's receding." T ACCIDENT Truck fire to delay travelers in Pennsylvania CARROL HAMILTON Roofing Company Lanes reduced and speed limits lowered after gasoline fire • By The Associated Press . CHESTER, Pa. — One of the nation's busiest highways was par- .tially reopened with narrowed lanes and reduced speed Sunday, • one day after holiday weekend •traffic was halted by a truck fire -so hot it buckled bridge girders. ' Officials were warning travelers heading home along the high- 'vay today to plan for an extra hour delay because of the accident Saturday morning. . "With the holiday traffic, the tragedy for families because of this accident, I would say it's the worst thing that could happen this holiday weekend," said Bob Bansept of the transportation department. Two people were killed when a tank truck loaded with 8,700 gallons of gasoline vaulted into oncoming traffic and exploded on Interstate 95 about two miles north of the Delaware state line. The fire severely damaged a bridge carrying the southbound lanes of 1-95 over Chester Creek. "The support girders under the bridge — they're 6-foot steel beams that have been twisted by the fire. They are going to have be totally replaced and then, of course, the deck on the bridge replaced," Andy Warren, regional administrator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said Sunday. Repairs on that bridge could take until July 4, Warren said. Traffic was detoured onto several state roads in the region while I- 95 was closed from Philadelphia International Airport to the state line. Northbound lanes were reopened Sunday afternoon and southerly traffic was expected to be released by the end of the day. The highway was reconfigured so both north- and southbound traffic could squeeze onto the undamaged northbound side, with concrete dividers forming two lanes in each direction and a speed limit of only 40 mph. The interstate runs along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, and an average of 150,000 vehicles travel the section through Chester each day, making it one of the busiest roads in the nation, highway officials said. Since 7962 Free Estimates, All Work Guaranteed f. 800-864-4637 • 785-452-9224 Hall of fame honors classical musicians By The Associated Press '_ CINCINNATI — Bernstein. Copland. Stravinsky. Toscanini. It isn't difficult to envision honoring them among the first musicians inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. But Duke Ellington and the U.S. Marine Band? Those who chose the group of musicians for induction at a ceremony Sunday night decided to define classical music as "music that's been around and has lasted," said David Klingshirn, who founded the hall. The Marine Band along with 25 musicians and conductors make up the initial roster of honorees. OPEN Memorial Day Monday, May 25 at 3 locations for your movie and video game rental needs 1 p.m. • 9 p.m. Carroll's Video & Books 204 S. Santa Fe 825-6746 Carroll's Hallmark & Video Sunset Plaza 823-1697 Carroll's Book • Music • Video Mid-State Plaza 827-4568 aro 110 S. Santa Fe • Downtown It's Worth The Trip OPEN TODAY 9:30 AM-12:15PM 2 HOURS & 45 minutes Nothing Held Back! Entire Stock aro 110 S. Santa Ft 1 • Downtown It's Worth The Trip Discover Downtown Salina •t 11 OS. Santa Fe 823-8181 Lawn & Garden 20% foOFF BEDDING PLANTS. Flower or vegetable plants, .99 5.99 & 1C OQ 5 Gallon IO.yj7Req. 19.99 BUD & BLOOM ROSES. Non-patent rose bushes. A) OFF Reg. 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