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Continued: Camp art counselor, 21, killed by falling oak tree at summer camp near Yosemite National Park

  • Article by: JASON DEAREN , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 3, 2013 - 10:40 PM

"We pick up our kids Friday and that doesn't leave them much time to process all that happened, including losing their beloved art counselor," said Jen Aronowitz, whose 11-year-old boy is attending the camp.

However, Aronowitz said the camp's staff was well prepared to handle the situation. "They have said the counselors are well trained to handle it, and I believe it."

Sheriff's officials did not release further details about the others' injuries.

The camp said two of the four injured staffers were treated at hospitals and released, and two others were still receiving care.

There were about 300 campers and 150 staff at Camp Tawonga, which offers sessions for students in second through 12th grades. The camp is located on 160 lush acres on the Tuolumne River, just outside Yosemite National Park. It has been in operation since 1925, according to its website.

Brook said she wanted to hear her 10-year-old daughter's voice for herself but wasn't sure if it would make the situation worse.

"If I was in town right now I would seriously consider picking her up," she said. "Even though I know she is in good hands and there is an incredible bonding and community-building opportunity in going through something like this, as parent it feels like you want to hold your kid and never let them go."

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