State says camp where boy died has clean record, no previous accidents

State says camp where boy died has clean record, no previous accidents »Play Video
Oregon’s Public Health Division says Camp Westwind has a clean record, with no previous accidents.

KATU is learning more about an accident that killed a 14-year-old Portland boy at a camp near Lincoln City and how camps in Oregon are regulated.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says Cruz Miller, a student at Mt. Tabor Middle School, was run over by a trailer Monday morning on a school-related trip at Camp Westwind.

Deputies say Miller was trying to climb onto a moving trailer loaded with camping gear when he fell and was run over. It happened on the banks of the Salmon River where a ferry was being loaded so students could leave by crossing the water.

Oregon’s Public Health Division regulates what it calls organizational camps. It says Camp Westwind has a clean record, with no previous accidents.

The state does not require camps to have specific camper-to-staff ratios overall, but it does for certain high-risk activities (e.g., lifeguards for campers who are swimming). Camps are required to have a health services program, but no specific numbers of medical personnel are mentioned in the rules. Enforcement of camp regulations is done typically with unannounced inspections.

The American Camp Association, a private organization, released the following statement regarding Camp Westwind:

“The American Camp Association is deeply saddened when we learn of any tragedy that affects the life of a child. We join with Camp Westwind in extending our deepest sympathies and concern for the family members. Camp Westwind is an ACA-accredited camp and has voluntarily undergone a rigorous risk management process and is required by ACA standards to have written emergency procedures in effect for crisis situations.”

Deputies say there were two doctors and a nurse at the camp when the accident happened.

Paramedics took Miller to the hospital, where he later died.