I'm a Scoutmaster new to this forum and would like to get your opinion. We go to summer camp each year at the end of July. In South Jersey we can have several pop-up thunderstorms every day. I've taken the Weather Hazards training every 2 years now for the last 6 years. I know the training says seek shelter indoors. Here's my question. The camp does have a Dining Hall which would be the safest structure in camp during a lightning storm. Our campsite which has 2 wooden structures, a pavilion which is just posts with a wood shingled roof and a shower & bathroom facility with a wooden roof and cement slab floor. Once a thunderstorm is over the camp would it be safer to stay put under the pavilion rather than to travel a ¼ mile through an open parking lot and parade grounds to get to the Dining Hall. It's about a five minute walk and generally we don't get notified to report to Dinning Hall until the storm is already over the camp.
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