Camper dies after falling 100 feet from rope swing in South Carolina

A 16-year-old camper died Monday after falling 100 feet from a rope swing at a summer camp in South Carolina.

Olivia Grimes, the daughter of a Florida pastor, was riding the “Freebird” swing at Carolina Point, a Young Life Camp, when the accident occurred.

The tragedy comes weeks after a 12-year-old camper in North Carolina died in a zip line accident.

Young Life, which operates camps in the U.S. and Canada, has closed all similar swings at its camps while they study the cause of the accident, according to a statement on the Carolina Point website.

“We are saddened to report that we’ve had a tragic accident here at Carolina Point. On Monday afternoon, July 13, a camper became detached from and fell off a swing. Camp staff called emergency medical assistance and immediately began administering CPR. To our great sorrow, this young woman has passed away. All of us at Carolina Point and across Young Life grieve with this young woman’s family and friends. We do not yet know how this occurred. At the moment our focus is on those grieving over this tragic accident. This is a very sad day for all of us. The safety of campers and guests is our highest priority at Young Life Camps.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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