6-Year-Old New Jersey Boy Dies on First Day of Pricey Summer Camp He Was Eagerly Anticipating

A summer adventure for Michael Stewart turned tragic when he drowned on the first day at Liberty Lake Day Camp in Burlington County, NJ. The incident has raised concerns about camp safety, prompting an investigation.

Michael’s mother, Enjoli Stewart, is heartbroken and criticized the camp’s safety measures. Born as a micro-preemie, Michael defied the odds to become a smart, loving boy, excited for his first day at camp.

The tragedy occurred during an afternoon swim; a lifeguard found Michael unresponsive in a shallow pool. Despite CPR efforts, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Enjoli expressed concerns about the camp’s safety protocols, including the absence of the promised instructional swim class and a one-on-one aide.

Liberty Lake Day Camp expressed deep grief and pledged to focus more on safety. The Lumberton School District and community have shown support through fundraisers, including a lemonade stand and GoFundMe campaigns to help with funeral expenses.

The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Mansfield Township police are investigating. The camp continues to offer support and counseling for those affected. Michael is remembered for his resilience and kindness.