Kirsten's parents said that despite the initial confusion about their daughter's condition, they were happy with the way River Valley Ranch handled the situation.

Having listened to their daughter's account, they believe staff reacted properly in trying to get the campers to shelter.

"The staff did the right thing," Latisha High said. "I feel that it's a miracle that it wasn't worse."

Kirsten calls River Valley Ranch her "second home," and her father said he hopes Tuesday night's incident will not keep people from enjoying the ranch in the future.

He said his daughter is scheduled to go back next week, and "I would unequivocally send her back knowing that she is in safe hands and in caring hands."

Still, he said, "this is a pretty bad hit to our community, especially for anyone that has kids. This is a parent's worst nightmare come true. It really makes you count your blessings."

Tuesday's incident was the second camp death in five years in Carroll County. In late 2009, 9-year-old Noah Asid died days after a tree fell on him at the Hashawha Environmental Center, a county-owned facility in Westminster.

Noah and other children and counselors were preparing for a hike as part of a nature camp when a 60-foot hickory tree fell on them.

Noah's family sued Carroll County in 2011, seeking $12 million in a wrongful death claim. The lawsuit claimed the county and camp employees were negligent by not cutting down the tree and not keeping campers inside during windy weather. A judge ruled in favor of the county in 2013.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Alison Knezevich, Pamela Wood and Krishana Davis contributed to this article.