Texan Boy Scout Killed by Falling Tree at Camp

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
June 26, 2018USshare

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A Boy Scout from Texas was killed in Georgia on Monday during heavy storms in the area.

A tree fell during the storms at Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in Covington around 3:45 p.m., officials told KHOU. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said that the 14-year-old scout was with his tent mate when they received a weather alert to seek shelter due to the severity of the storms.

The pair was still inside the tent minutes later when the tree fell on the scout, causing blunt force trauma to his head and chest and ultimately killing him.

“He and his tent mate were actually in the tent. I think there was some sort of weather alert and the rain had started and I think they were making their way back to the tent and he and his tent mate were actually in the tent together,” Investigator Jeff Alexander with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 5.

“I can’t even imagine what the scout leader and the rest of the troop is going through at this point, let alone the parents who are that far away from their child.”

Around 50 to 60 trees fell in the camp during the storm, which reportedly included winds of up to 50 mph, but no one else was injured.

The dead scout has not been named but is from Cypress.

“This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family,” the President for the Atlanta-area Council of Boy Scouts Tracy Techau said in a statement. “We offer our deepest condolences to the victim and his family, and we will support them in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping all those affected in your thoughts and prayers.”

Officials didn’t say whether the camp would be canceled or cut short; it’s typically a week long, and this week is the fourth and final week of the summer camp.

According to the camp’s website, the scouts enjoy a range of activities such as swimming, boating, and shooting on the 1,300-acre grounds.

 

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