Thursday, June 12, 2008

Scouts praised for response to tornado in Iowa

It is too bad that Scouts are not as popular as they used to be. The good news is that no matter how much has changed over the years, they still train boys to be responsible. Thank the Lord!

Scouts praised for response to tornado in Iowa: "Boy Scouts who came to the aid of their colleagues after a tornado that killed four of their comrades and injured 48 people were hailed as heroes Thursday for helping to administer first aid and search for victims buried in their flattened campsite.

Iowa rescue workers cut through downed branches and dug through debris amid rain and lightning Wednesday night to reach the camp where the 93 boys, ages 13 to 18, had huddled for safety through the twister. They and 25 staff members were attending a weeklong leadership training camp.

Lloyd Roitstein, an executive with the Mid America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, reminded reporters at a news conference Thursday that the Boy Scouts motto is 'Be Prepared.'

'Last night, the agencies and the scouts were prepared,' he said. 'They knew what to do, they knew where to go, and they prepared well.'

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver praised the boys for 'taking care of each other.'"

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