Bid for saftey reforms at camps in Maryland fell short

Noah Asid was one of dozens of children on a trail at the Hashawha Environmental Center back in 2009 when a storm toppled a hundred-foot-tall tree striking him in the head.
 
He died two days later.
 
A similar storm in a similar wooded terrain in Carroll County has produced a similar result almost five years later. Noah’s mother says this latest tragedy has brought back all of the pain and suffering of her son's death. 
 
"Especially when he told me it was a 9-year-old little boy.  It's there every day.  These people are not going to get over it," said Kathi Smith-Asid, who filed a $12 million lawsuit against Carroll County in the aftermath of Noah’s death. (Note: The boy who died at River Valley Ranch was 12
That camp was tied to the county, but the local government had immunity from such suits and it was thrown out.
 
While River Valley Ranch is a nonprofit, Christian camp, she had hoped her son's death would bring about additional safety measures and reforms at camps throughout the state.
 
"It didn't make any camp any safer,” said Smith-Asid, “That's what we were shooting for ... and for them to take responsibility and none of that came about."
 
It's a hope she and her attorney, Jack Lebowitz, still hold on to today.
 
"What we learned in the Noah Asid case is that camps have the ability to voluntarily submit to accreditation through a group called the American Camp Association, ACA, which is a very review of safety practices at a camp,” said Lebowitz, “and the camp where the tragedy occurred last night was not ACA accredited." 
 
Noah's mother says neither the camp nor the county ever apologized for his death choosing instead to send her the same form letter that went out to every camper's parents.
 
"It said, 'Sorry that camp didn't turn out the way that we all wanted and we're refunding your check... your money... and hope to see you at... I don't know... some kind of festival that they were having,' and that was it.  That's all I ever got from them."
 
She says she would love to offer words of comfort or encouragement to the family of this latest victim, if only she could.
 
"I'm just so sorry that you had to live through that.  I wish I could say something that it's going to get easier, but it doesn't.  I mean we miss Noah every single day.  I mean it's going on five years this year for us and it's an everyday thing.  Getting up in the morning... and just knowing that he's not going to be there."
 
Whether it's monitoring weather radios, establishing safe havens on site for children or routinely taking down dead trees, Noah's mother is convinced the camps can do a better job of protecting young campers from Mother Nature's wrath.
 
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