Shannon Stacey

Another Scouting tragedy

From NH’s Channel 9:

Utah Boy Scout Killed By Lightning
Another Tragedy Hits Organization

The Boy Scouts have suffered another tragedy.

Authorities in Salt Lake City say a Boy Scout was killed and three others were injured last night when a bolt of lightning hit the log shelter they were sleeping in.

It was open on one side.

The boys were at a scout camp in the mountains east of Salt Lake City.

Boy Scout leaders say the boy who died was 15 years old. The others range in age from 12 to 16.

Last Thursday, a 13-year-old Scout was killed by lightning in California. Four Scout leaders were electrocuted in Virginia earlier that week.

My guy leaves for Scout camp on Sunday, and I’m having a harder time dealing with it than I did the first year he went. I have trouble breathing just thinking about it, but how can I tell him he can’t go? I can’t.

I can only offer prayers for the families who have suffered these horrible tragedies.

4 comments to “Another Scouting tragedy”

  1. Anna Lucia
      · August 3rd, 2005 at 4:13 pm · Link

    (((((Shan))))) It’ll be fine. But yes, prayers for the families from this direction, too.

  2. Shannon
      · August 4th, 2005 at 2:03 am · Link

    Thanks, Anna. :kiss:

    (I don’t have a hug smiliey, do I? The closest I have is :nookie: and umm…not so much hugging is it?)

  3. THIS! Christine
      · August 4th, 2005 at 4:32 am · Link

    Or you could get him to read up on lightning safety… grounding comes to mind (but I’m not entirely sure how you’d apply that to a tent, shelter), but I’m sure the info is out there… hell i could ask my dh for you, he’s a veritable landfill of all sorts of weird information.

    I know planes are rigged somehow to direct and diffuse lightning. And they’re struck regularly, so there must be a way to make a dwelling safer from lightning strikes.


  4. Larissa
      · August 5th, 2005 at 9:56 am · Link

    I know how you feel. My son is a cub scout, so hearing these things gives me the willies. But remember, only about 30 people die annually from lightning strikes. 500 people A DAY die from car accidents, yet we have no trouble loading our loved ones into cars. I think we just have to pray for the best every day! :thumb:

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