NEVADA CITY -- Five children, some of them from Piedmont, were injured at Camp Augusta in a July 4 accident involving a converted go-kart, a camp official said this week.
Two adults and one 17-year-old junior counselor also were hurt when the canoe on wheels they were riding in downhill overturned and the occupants tumbled out. All were wearing helmets and safety gear.
Camp Augusta is a popular camp about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento on Lake Vera. Many of its board of directors and campers come from Piedmont. Land for the camp was donated in 1931 by a Piedmont resident.
Augusta's board chairman, Steve Rogers, confirmed that two children were airlifted to area hospitals as a precaution and to check for possible concussions. The other occupants were transported by car or ambulance to receive medical attention. Injuries included bumps, scrapes and bruises. Rogers believes all the injured children have returned home. Their identities nor their specific injuries were not disclosed.
Rogers said the canoe on wheels has been a popular activity at camp, but it will be suspended pending an investigation of the accident and assessing safety measures. The canoe go-kart has a steering wheel and brakes. He likened the accident to falling off a mountain bike. The go-kart was traveling about 15 mph.
"It was being driven by an adult who possibly overcorrected a turn, causing it to tip over," Rogers said. "The kids were not seriously hurt, but it was a pretty dramatic incident, and the kids were in pain. You hit the ground, you get scraped up."
Nevada County Consolidated Fire responded to the call about noon July 4 to assess the injured. Rogers sent an email advisory to campers, their families and the "Augusta community" on July 5, assuring them that Camp Augusta is a safe, enjoyable place for children, but that accidents can happen. He said campers' safety is the utmost priority. He sent another email the following day further reassuring campers and their families and providing more details about the incident.
"We care deeply about Camp Augusta and the families and children," Rogers said.