Children Injured by Spooked Horses at South Dakota Camp

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Eight children ended up the hospital after suffering injuries from a horseback riding accident at Leif Ericson Day Camp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The accident occurred when a group of girls were out riding at the day camp; one of the girls’ horses spooked, causing a chain reaction among the other animals. One girl was knocked unconscious and seven more were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Summer is the time for many children to attend summer camps. Day summer camps are becoming increasingly popular for working parents. The American Camp Association offers the following tips for ensuring children have a healthy camp experience:
• When children are ill, keep them at home
• Teach your children good health habits, like washing hands regularly and sneezing or coughing into their sleeves
• Send your children to camp in closed-toe shoes to prevent slipping, tripping or falls
• Send your children to camp with enough clothes so they can layer in cooler weather
• Reinforce good sleeping habits with your children
• Send sunscreen with instructions to your child on its proper use
• Tell your children to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
Parents play a key role in helping to prevent camping accidents. The ACA has a parent website for information on children and camping at http://www.CampParents.org.

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