LITTLETON, Colo. -- A Littleton school that caters to kids who have been traumatized has to cancel its summer camping trip.
Thousands of dollars worth of camping gear was stolen from the Shiloh House.
Most of the stolen goods were taken from a storage house outside the school Tuesday. The equipment was used for Shiloh’s outdoor program.
Many of the kids who come to the school have been abused and neglected.
“I was really upset," administrative officer Anna Miller said. "I felt very sad. Our kids have already been through so much in their lives. To hear that someone would take something that is so important to our kids really made me sad.”
Even more camping gear was stolen from an office inside the school.
“For a lot of our kids they’ve never been west of 470," program coordinator Steve Cashman said. "They’ve never been hiking. They haven’t seen a real waterfall. They’ve never fished or caught a fish.
"So, for a lot of these kids it’s a first experience and something we’d like to see them get into as a positive hobby for themselves.”
Cashman had been collecting and fixing donated items for 15 years.
The outdoor program might have to be canceled. Shiloh is estimating the gear worth at about $5,000.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Meantime, Shiloh House said it will work to get the camping equipment replaced. It said it will take new or used gear.