Young Life Camper Presumed Drowned at Malibu Young Life Camp

Posted: June 13, 2016 in Young Life
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A 19 year old student attending Young Life’s Malibu summer property is presumed drowned after going missing in the water.

You can read a news account here and a statement from Young Life concerning the tragedy here.

Our thoughts go out to all involved.

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Comments
  1. mechanicdude says:

    Wow CA. Thats three dead campers in less than a year at Young Life Camps. I have been to the rivers in that area of Canada and can say that they are dangerous bodies of water with long histories of taking lives. -MD

  2. mechanicdude says:

    CA- The reports I am reading say the kid was 16 yrs old. The parents are saying the camp is unsafe and are asking the Canadian government to shut it down. -MD

    • Yeah…I read a follow up report that said the camper fell off a cliff while playing volleyball next to the cliff. My initial reaction was “who puts a volleyball court next to a cliff?”

      I’ve never been to Malibu so I know nothing about the outlay of the camp. I do know that it’s remote accessible only by boat.

      • Kelsey says:

        Float planes also pick up and deliver to the camp. The inlet is thirty miles long and takes 3.0 hours to navigate the fjord via the camp boat, that is the craft that delivers the new group and pick up the old group of campers. I have been there twice for two week intervals as a handyman, the place is well maintained and all activites are well supervised, i cant imagine where this volleyball court could possibly be located near a cliff. Nothing in the camp is more than 5 feet above the inlet at anyplace anyone would care to go. Find out the facts before you make dispariging comments. I would like to go back but at 80 I am a bit long in the tooth.

      • Mechanicdude says:

        Kelsey- You seem to be trying to say that the YL camp you once worked at is so safe and so well supervised and maintained that it is not possible for a childs safety to be neglected! I am sure YL appreciates that. But suppose you are wrong? What if children are not safe at YL camps? What if Young Life INC has been infiltrated with catholics and child molesters? Would you change your opinion then? Stay Tuned. -MD

  3. mechanicdude says:

    CA- Who puts a volley ball court next to a cliff? Who makes the trap door of their summer camp theater swing down like a hangmans floor? Who puts three jet lagged teens at a time on the “death swing” with only one employee supervising? Young Life You Were Made For This, thats who. -MD

  4. UK says:

    I’ve been there. The camp is very safe including the volleyball sand pit. I’m not sure how he could’ve fallen into the water without the intent to get near the water.

    • mechanicdude says:

      UK- The victims family has made a personal inspection of the camp and have asked the Canadian government to shut it down for lack of guards and safety equipment. -MD

  5. OR says:

    The volleyball net has a net around it, if you’re playing volleyball there is no way you can get in the water unless the net were to break… If you hit the ball over the court like a lot of kids choose to do, you have to climb a rock and go down near the water if it didn’t go into the water… There are signs posted NOT to do this… However, in my time there nobody enforced that rule.. Hopefully they do now.

  6. mechanicdude says:

    The consequence for breaking the rules at summer camp should not be death! Young Life simply did not care enough about safety to prevent the accident. -MD

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