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In a camp of our size it would mean there would be 100 people without bunks where bunks would have to be built. At a cost of close to $5,000 a bunk, you can see what the problem is there. It is just too expensive, it is too much.

As far as providing for the kids' health in the bunk, they are well ventilated. We have windows at the back of all bunks that can be used for a fire escape. We have above every one of these windows printed the words "Fire Exit," or "Fire Emergency Exit,” and there is no problem.

The problem is that the regulation as stated to come into effect 3 years from now would be so financially burdensome that camps to a great extent wouldn't be able to afford this and would be driven out of business.

Another problem is that in the new regulation bunks have to be sheetrocked for fire protection. Sheetrocking in itself controls the fire a little bit more, but the way we have it is that the bunks have a certain amount of rustic quality to it, which is what camping is all about. You want to make it so plastic like a hotel or motel but you want to have it open and spacious and have it as though the kids have a lot of breathing air. We have ceilings with crossbeams which the light fixtures are attached to where they just throughout the bunk act as a support for the roof. The new regulations state that the ceilings have to be sheetrocked, which means that hundreds of cubic feet of air space is going to be eliminated, and the walls have to be sheetrocked, and the expense of this would be over $250 a bunk. An expense like that times 40 bunks is just too prohibitive.

Mr. DANIELS. When this legislation was enacted was notice of public hearing given to the camp operators of New York?

Mr. KRIEGER. I believe so. This was enacted January 1.

Mr. DANIELS. Did vou, or anyone on behalf of Camp Monroe, appear to testify and give your views?

Mr. KRIEGER. As far as somebody from Camp Monroe specifically, no. We were represented by the American Camping Association.

Mr. DANIELS. Is Camp Monroe a member of the American Camping Association ?


Mr. DANIELS. Did you make your view known on the complaints that you bring here this morning!

Mr. KRIEGER. As far as these things go, thev were all issues which the American Camping Association was familiar with, all of these problems.

Mr. PEYSER. Did the American Camping Association agree with your opinion?

Mr. KRIEGER. T don't know.

Mr. PEYSER. You know what I am getting at. In other words, if vou are a member of that association and vou have expressed vous views on these problems and they sound like real problems, and they testified before the State group, did they represent your views or did thev not agree with you?

Mr. KRIEGER. For the most part, the American Camping Association and Camp Monroe's views do coincide. Again. on these sperific issues, these are things we didn't find out about until some time after the law was passed.

The American Camping Association for the most part is doing an adequate job in representing private camps.

Mr. DANIELS. When was Camp Monroe last inspected by the American Camping Association?

Mr. KRIEGER. I don't believe they do inspect private camps. They do?

Mr. DANIELS. Sure they do.

Mr. PEYSER. There is somebody here in the audience from the American Camping Association.

Mr. DANIELS. There is a representative of the American Camping Association here and we can ask him that question right now. Don't you inspect camps, sir?

Mr. Stolz. Yes, sir, Mr. Chairman. Mandatory reinspection a minimum of every 5 years unless there is a violation, and it has to be reinspected the following year.

Mr. DANIELS. How long have you been a member of the American Camping Association ?

Mr. KRIEGER. As long as I know. As long as I have been around. Mr. DANIELS. How long is that?

Mr. KRIEGER. As far as I know, Camp Monroe has always been a member of the American Camping Association, and in high standing, too. As far as the American Camping Association goes, they give out awards, recommendation awards for high standards of health and safety and we have them plastered all over our main office.

Mr. DANIELS. Have you brought your complaints to the attention of anybody in the State government here?

Mr. KRIEGER. At the meeting of the American Camping Association, which I believe was a couple of months ago, Mr. Gates spoke there and a representative of Camp Monroe spoke with him about the new laws.

Mr. Daniels. Did you bring your views to their attention?

Mr. KRIEGER. The views were brought over the 30 square feet. You see, the problem

Mr. DANIELS. What response did you receive?

Mr. KRIEGER. A favorable response. See, the problem was this; that when we were inspected the man who came and inspected was misquoting the law. He didn't know. He said that the 40-foot regulation went into effect immediately. We showed him a copy of Mr. Gates' statement and he didn't know about it, this was the first he had heard, he thought is was wrong. He checked the next day and we called him back and found out that he was the one making the mistake.

Mr. DANIELS. Were you cited for any violation of the law?

Mr. KRIEGER. Every time somebody comes to inspect our camp, things were always found wrong. If you think about it, it is part of their responsibility to come and find things wrong.

Most of the time it would be minor things. We have never had any major health problems, never had any major problems with food or with anything else. The things that they used to come and find wrong would be considered minor problems, things like painting another line in the swimming pool, repairing the screen in one of the bunks, dirt in a corner that hasn't been cleaned since last summer. This was most of the things that were found wrong, things that would certainly be corrected before this coming summer.

Mr. DANIELS. You voiced some criticism of the enforcement of this law, but on the whole, do you think it is a good law?

Mr. KRIEGER. On the whole I would have to say that any law that is passed that regulates camps as far as health and safety go would be good, because the camps that are properly run and emphasize safety and emphasize health would be good laws.

Probably, though, on this specific law, the two major issues that cause a problem concern the 40-square foot, which is a large area, and the problem of sheetrocking and fireproofing; that a bunk that has two exits that is made out of wood, that even with sheet rocking it is not going to provide adequate fire protection.

In our case, we have a door and a window both of which open outward in a bunk that could easily be evacuated; that these problems do present too much of a financial burden.

Mr. DANIELS. Do the bunks that you have on your property consist of one-story buildings or are they multistoried ?

Mr. KRIEGER. The bunks are one story. Mr. DANIELS. How tall are they from the floor to the ceiling? What is the space? How many feet?

Mr. KRIEGER. From the floor to the top of the gable would be about 18 feet. From the floor to where the roof starts to slant upward would be about 8 or 9 feet.

Mr. DANIELS. I have no further questions. Mr. Peyser.

Mr. PEYSER. First of all, one thing I think both the Chairman and myself would like to say to you is that we are delighted that you came here and that you came forward basically on your own to state this kind of information. Frankly, at a lot of these hearings we appreciate hearing directly from people involved such as yourself, so you are to be complimented for being here and we appreciate what you have to say.

I gathered that basically you were saying that you support the legislation. You have some problems in some specific areas dealing with the fire question; you don't have any problems dealing with sanitation requirements.

Mr. KRIEGER. No problems.

Mr. PEYSER. And you have had no problems with your inspections. Have you had an inspection while your camp was under progress last year? For instance, did anybody inspect your camp from the State while camp was in progress?

Mr. KRIEGER. Every summer we have always had a precamp inspection where up until this year it has been stating the things to be corrected, giving us a list, giving us a form, a rather detailed form that has been filled out and checked off mentioning problems that have been corrected by the time they have come back during the summer. There have been inspections every year.

Mr. PEYSER. When you say "inspections every year,” the law that we are speaking of, of course, just went into being last year. What are the other inspections you have had trouble with?

Mr. KRIEGER. We have had inspections-
Mr. PEYSER. Primarily on sanitation?

Mr. KRIEGER. But it has been more than the sanitation. Prior to this year they have been coming and inspecting our dining halls, our kitchen, inspecting the bunks, inspecting the pool, inspecting the chlorine room to make sure that it is adequately ventilated.

Mr. PEYSER. Are these Monroe County inspectors?
Mr. KRIEGER. No, no, Camp Monroe is in Orange County.

Mr. PEYSER. Yes, Orange County. Are these Orange County inspectors ?

Mr. KRIEGER. They are from the County Board of Health.

Mr. PEYSER. Then obviously this has been a county regulation in the past.

Mr. KRIEGER. No, it has been a State regulation.

Mr. PEYSER. Then this is for sanitary reasons that the State has continually, not the new law, now, but in the past, Mr. Gates, what he is stating is that his camp has been inspected for many years every year.

Mr. GATES. That is correct.

Mr. PEYSER. And that is under the sanitary and health departments?

Mr. Gates. Under part 7 which is enforced by the County Health Department in the county health department areas.

Mr. PEYSER. And this has been, of course, in existence for many years.

Mr. GATES. Yes.

Mr. PEYSER. But then this inspection had nothing to do with the other areas of safety that could be incorporated and would be incorporated in the new legislation.

Mr. KRIEGER. Other areas of safety have also been checked. For example, down at our swimming pool the inspector-I just remember an incident-a couple of years ago, wanted to check all our life preservers to make sure they were the right size and to make sure that they weren't waterlogged and to make sure that they were of the right material.

Mr. PEYSER. What about the counselors, the age of counselors or qualification or vehicles ?

Mr. KRIEGER. For our counselors, we interview all of our counselors personally. The minimum requirement is 18 years of age and a year of college with camp experience.

In addition to that, in every bunk there is a junior counselor or a relief counselor, 17 years old, who has had a lot of camp experience, and we also have specialty counselors for the various areas. For example, we have a riflery counselor who is in charge of riflery but he has bunk responsibilities when he is not at the rifle range. He is a member of the National Rifle Association; he is a licensed instructor, and he is the one in charge of that.

Mr. PEYSER. Do you have any trips outside of camp?

Mr. PEYSER. In other words, do you have canoe trips, or what type of outside camp experience is it?

Mr. KRIEGER. The types of trips that we have are either local or they are great distance trips. For example, two summers ago we

took 90 senior campers down to Washington, D.C. for 2 days. When we have trips of any great distance we always rent buses from West Point Tours.

Mr. PEYSER. What about camping-type trips? Washington is a camp town, I guess, but not in that respect. I mean, out in the woods or out in the mountains, do you have any of that type of trips?

Mr. KRIEGER. We have 240 acres of woods surrounding the camp proper. We mostly use that for camping outside of the camp bunks. . When we take them some place else it is usually hiking there, and it would be that the equipment, the tents, the water, the food would be shipped by truck.

We have a number of camp vehicles that are inspected and registered and licensed. Our drivers are always licensed drivers, not junior license but regular operator's license as a minimum requirement.

Mr. PEYSER. One other question, because I am sure it is a matter of public record and you advertise this anyway, but for my own curiosity, what does it cost for an 8-week season for a child?

Mr. KRIEGER. For our camp it is $1,000.

Mr. PEYSER. Are there any divisions, for instance? Is there a 4-week period ?

Mr. KRIEGER. No, the full 8 weeks.
Mr. PEYSER. Once again I thank you for coming.

Mr. KRIEGER. There is one more point that I would like to make and that is concerning camping, concerning any private camp.

If the camp is adequately run, the kids themselves are going to pick up on it. If supervision is poor, if the food is no good, if the infirmary and nurse's attitude is such that it is negative, then the campers who are returning and who have older brothers and sisters can see it, and any good camp can't survive by having new kids coming in every year because they have to have repeaters, and the return of campers is what will determine how adequate or how well run the camp is.

Mr. PEYSER. There is just one other suggestion that the Chairman just made to me. Do you keep, for instance, a record of the accidents that happen in camp?


Mr. PEYSER. Have you had any accidents of a serious nature that you have been involved with or the camp has been involved with in recent years?

Mr. KRIEGER. In recent years, no. Every summer there is always a number of twisted ankles, broken bones, but in any camp situation where you have 350 campers you are going to have two kids who are out on a basketball court and one is going to fall down and land on his elbow and break his arm, or he is going to fall off a horse in a supervised ring and land wrong and break a leg or something. On the average it has been about two or three broken bones a summer.

But we can't consider those serious accidents.

Mr. PEYSER. We recognize that and we are not trying to legislate away accidents because you can't do that, but we are talking about the unnecessary accidents that can be prevented.

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