LDS Young Men

Scout Killed in Sand Tunnel Collapse

Posted in Scouting by ldsym on September 23, 2008

Another reminder of how important it is for Young Men/Scout leaders do everything possible to keep the boys safe on outings.    In this case a Scout died when a sand tunnel that he was digging collapsed in Southern Utah.

Caleb Wililams, killed in a sand tunnel collapse

Caleb Wililams, killed in a sand tunnel collapse

Boy Scout killed when a sand tunnel collapes

Ironically, after another child died in a tunneling accident a few years ago, a Scout made it his Eagle Project to post signs warning of the dangers of sand tunnel digging.

Of course this will bring out critics of the Scout program, but the reality is that when you take hundreds of thousands of young men into the outdoors every year, there will be accidents.    I would say to those critics: prove to me that the accident rate of teenage boys at home is any lower than kids on Scouting outings.   Teens have this feeling of invicibility, and it is tough to convince them to use their common sense.    I have a gut feeling that the accident rate on Scout outings is no higher than the accident rate at home.

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  1. ldsrt said, on September 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I love scouting and have seen a few actual accidents but I have also seen some accidents due to poor leaders who have no children in the program and use scouting as opportunity to go out in the woods and get away from their family. The leaders are out fishing or riding motorcycles while the kids are left with little or no supervision. This is what scares me. It seems the vast majority of scouting deaths or major accidents happen in LDS troops.

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