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07-25-2005, 09:30 PM
Five Boy Scout Leaders Die in Va. Accident

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM Associated Press Writer

The Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Va. Five Boy Scout leaders were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident during the opening day of the organization's 2005 Jamboree, the Boy Scouts of America said.

Jamboree spokesman Gregg Shields said an electrical accident occurred between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Monday in a campground.

Shields did not have any other information about the incident, including names of the victims or their hometowns.

One other leader and a contract worker also were injured but remain in stable condition at a local hospital, Shields said.

More than 40,000 Boy Scouts, leaders and volunteers from around the world are attending the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, being held the Army's Fort AP Hill.

07-25-2005, 11:44 PM
Wow, very sad

07-26-2005, 05:07 AM
Incredibly tragic.

I wish these scouts' families nothing but the best in their time of grieving

07-26-2005, 10:06 AM
Heard on the radio today that they were putting up a tent when one of the tent's metal poles came in contact with a power line.

08-03-2005, 04:35 PM
More tragedy for the scouts.


By Associated Press

August 3, 2005, 2:26 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY -- Lightning struck a shelter at a Boy Scout camp high in the mountains, killing one youth and injuring three others, authorities said Wednesday.

The lightning bolt struck the Camp Steiner shelter, a log structure open on one side, Tuesday night, said sheriff's deputy Wally Hendricks said.

The rest of the Boy Scouts at the camp returned home, Hendricks said. No one answered the telephone at the Great Salt Lake Boy Scout Council, but the deputy said he believed they were all from the Salt Lake County area.

The dead scout was 15, authorities said. Names of the victims were not released.

Camp Steiner is in the Uinta Mountains, about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City. It is the highest Boy Scout camp in the country at an elevation of 10,400 feet.

A line of powerful thunderstorms had rolled across much of Utah on Tuesday, causing flash floods in the southwestern part of the state, taking out a bridge and closing a highway.

Last Thursday, an assistant Scoutmaster and a 13-year-old Scout were killed by lightning in California's Sequoia National Park. And four Scout leaders at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia were electrocuted July 24 in front of several Scouts after they lost control of a metal tent pole and it fell against a power line.

Two of the boys injured Tuesday were taken to the University of Utah burn unit; one was in good condition and the family of the other asked that no information be released. The third boy was in fair condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.

Lightning is the second-most-deadly weather-related killer in Utah behind avalanches, according to the National Weather Service. It has killed 60 people in Utah since 1954, including the scout who died Tuesday. He was Utah's first lighting death this year; lighting killed two people last year.