8.18.2005

Boy Loses Faith & Camera at Christian Camp Hell

Devlish Treatment at Christian Camp?

from The Smoking Gun

When Ronald and Jill Losoya sent their 11-year-old son to Michigan's Camp Michawana, they expected the boy's summer stay would be a "positive, Christian-based experience." In fact, the camp itself notes that "Christ is first" and that it operates as "an arm of the local church in which a Bible-centered program is used to develop camper spirituality."

However, according to the below federal lawsuit, things didn't work out that way for young Ezekiel Losoya. Instead, the boy's parents allege in their August 8 complaint, he was subjected to an assortment of "inhumane, degrading, and criminal conduct" during a one-week stay in the summer of 2003. Among
19 separate indignities cited in the Losoyas's complaint, Ezekiel had to endure wedgies, was "kicked in the privates," had his camera smashed, got dunked headfirst in a toilet, and was tied to a tether ball pole.

The lawsuit, which does not specify monetary damages beyond $75,000, contends that Ezekiel was tormented by fellow campers and Michawana counselors. As a result of the camp's negligence, the Losoyas charge, Ezekiel has suffered hurt feelings, mental anguish, and "disruption of his faith in Christ and loss of his camera."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this happened, it is awful. However, my 16 year old has been going for 6-7 years, my 14 year old, the same 6-7 years, and my 10 year old daughter just went for her second time this summer. None of them have ever had anything but positive experiences there. Christian behavior and nothing but good things have happened there while they have spent weeks there over the past several years. Nothing but the kindest of staff and kind, Christian counselors.

IF the above allegations did in fact happen, it had to have been a very, very isolated incident.

July 13, 2008 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a matter of fact, now that I look at the name of this website, I think the whole story was made up.

July 13, 2008 11:03 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

I don't make things up. I leave that to Christians.

The story is from the Smoking Gun, a news website. Hence the link at the top of the post to the original article.

July 15, 2008 11:05 AM  

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