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Re: “Staffers, parents concerned over kids' safety at Spence's Farm

I wish I had read this article prior to enrolling my son in this camp. Parents beware.... Spence and staff left my 6 year old son in the Occoneechee Mountain State Park. He was found by a stranger on the trail who called the camp and informed them he had my son. They were down at the vans preparing to leave. It appears they hadn't even noticed my missing child. No one was searching for him, no call to 911 or the park service that he was missing.

No one contacted me to inform me about the incident, no one said a word when I picked him up. It was only when my child began to tell me on the drive home that he got lost, separated from the group and found by a stranger "who was very nice".

Please imagine a parents horror... I called and asked Spence if he had an incident to report. He explained my son's separation from the group and told me a "park ranger" found my son. Long story short, there was no park ranger. My child was in the hands of a complete stranger (who fortunately had the good will to help my son, and contact me about the incident). Spence admitted to lying that it was a ranger, hoping it would make me "feel better". I wouldn't trust a word out of this man's mouth.

Spence is no Outward Bound instructor and his forcing of children to overcome fear by putting them in harms way and teaching them to disregard park signage (climbing the quarry area of Occoneechee) makes him irresponsible and reckless with our children.

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Posted by RAC on 08/27/2014 at 4:25 PM

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