A camper who was transported from a Somervell County retreat center to Cook Children's Medical Center Tuesday was not seriously injured.
The seventh grader was visiting Riverbend Retreat Center with First Baptist Church Athens when he suffered a water-related injury, according to camp director Alton Belew.
The boy was reportedly playing on the "blob," an inflatable water slide that rockets campers into the facility's three-acre lake when another camper jumps on board.
Less than 24 hours after the incident, Belew said a family member reported the boy, who was released from the hospital Tuesday evening, was doing well.
"He said he wanted to come back to camp," Belew said, adding he is remaining at home and under observation as a precautionary measure.
The boy was transported by air ambulance to the Fort Worth hospital around 4 p.m. after he was knocked unconscious, Belew said.
"That is a standard procedure of the local emergency medical service," he said.
Belew has worked at the camp for nearly two decades and said he has not seen a camper seriously injured.
"There have been minor injuries, but never anything serious," he said.
While the incident delivered a bit of a scare, Belew said morale at the camp remains high.
"There was good communication from church leaders to their campers and parents back at home," he said.
Riverbend Retreat Center welcomes more than 10,000 campers and counselors each year, and Belew said the good news for the local community exceeds this camper's short road to recovery.
"The positive thing for our community is that we are changing lives in a positive environment," he said.