Camp Caraway will be closed the week of July 6-10 after two campers from the week of June 22-26 were diagnosed with H1N1 flu.
The two campers became sick after they returned home and were diagnosed with the illness commonly called “swine flu.” Camp staff was then examined and five staffers were diagnosed with the virus.
Camp Caraway, which runs sessions weekly during the summer, had a short camp week this week as it hosted Camp Angel Tree. This week’s campers were on their way home when word came that campers from the previous week and several staff had tested positive for the flu.
Brian Davis, executive leader for administration and convention relations for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said families of all campers from all three weeks involved have been notified of events by email, regular mail or letter sent home with campers.
Davis said camp administration has been working closely with Randolph County health officials, who said it is impossible to pinpoint the source of the outbreak.
A typical camp week has 110-120 in attendance. Camp Caraway summer sessions are for boys up to age 15. Camp Caraway is adjacent to Caraway Conference Center, which is unaffected by the camp’s closing.
Camp Caraway is in the Uwharrie Mountains near Asheboro.