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Boy Scout troop’s overnight trip takes unexpected turn

POSTED: October 15, 2012 7:55 p.m.
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Members of Rincon-based Boy Scout Troop 650 are, front row, left to right, Stephen Quinones, Jaden Tucker and Austin Nelms. Back row are Nicholas Stark, DJ Peavler, Andrew Gibson and Harrison Hall. Not pictured is Myles Neal.

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It started off as a normal camping trip for Rincon Boy Scout Troop 650, a day trip filled with fishing, knot tying, cooking and just enjoying the trip. The Scouts were in their tents when they got an abrupt wakeup call just before midnight.

While the Scouts were sleeping, the adults stayed up talking until a concerned neighbor stopped by to let them know the local police were in the middle of a manhunt in Evans County just down the road where the Scouts were camping that night.

Within moments of hearing the news, the leaders rallied into action with the safety of their Scouts as their top priority, and removed them from the scene.

The adult leaders roused them from their sleep and told them they were breaking camp and heading home. Older Scouts assisted the younger Scouts with breaking down the campsite, urging them to stay in pairs and within eyesight of each other and the adult leaders.

Within 25 minutes, six adult leaders and eight Scouts were packed up, accounted for and off the private property they were given permission to camp on that weekend and were on the road heading home.

Leaders of Troop 650 said they were proud of how the Scouts handled what could have been a difficult situation.


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