This happened to my son twice--once on a winter hike when he suffered from
hypothermia and another time in the Uintas on a summer hike--a result of a one
negligent Scoutmaster who always challenged his scouts to keep up with him at
the front of the line. I don't say this separation was any one
person's fault, but reading this article, brought back scary memories for
These stories drive me crazy. 2 way radios should be a requirment for any scout
on outings like this. Yes I know they cost money - but not much & lives
could possibly be saved. This could have been another scouting tragedy.
@ Thunder.2 way radios might help at times. They aren't a very
good fallback system though. I've used them. They rarely have ranges over
a few miles because of gov't regulations. And when you get separated a
couple of miles separation can happen pretty fast especially if the lost scouts
are moving. There are other, better ways to guarantee safety such as
two-deep leadership with one in the front and one in the back among one idea.
These are guidelines that need to be followed and not ignored. Technology is a
nice aid, but rarely a reliable fall back solution for this problem.
I lost my dog up a canyon last week. the cool air felt good, I was about to go
home when Harley a black lab ran after a deer. I called and called but the sound
of my voice echoed bounced around so much my dog could not tell where to go. 4
days my wife and I spent looking calling. My son went up with us on the 4th day,
he has a voice like Loud Mouse, he called and walked down. As I took the car
down a ways I saw Harley run across the road. There isn't any doubt in my
mind that God answered my prayers.
If the scouts bought 2 way radios for every troop, your dues would have to go up
You should have near death experiences in scouting, that way the "Be
Prepared" sinks in.We got "lost" separated from the
scoutmaster for a day and a half up in the lodgepole area first thing we did was
set up camp with what we had, and not panic, I don't think any of the
parents were ever aware we were lost.
A radio will never replace good scout training and preparation. A boy taught to
think can survive.
@ThunderDid you miss the part of the article that talked about info
on the operation being sketchy because of the problems in the area for radios?
Agree that technology is a nice to have, but shouldn't be the main fall
back. Discipline, training, and proper supervision when properly executed can
prevent a significant bulk of accidents and getting lost.Not much in
the article as to the cause of the separation, but sounds like the 2 boys hooked
up with a missing father and son team as well. Glad all are safe.
One lead, one sweep. Rotate leader to sweep at periodic intervals ranging from
30 minutes to an hour (depending on the group). If the group is large enough
you do mid-sweep/leaders. That way the group stays together.