Camping Accidents

Girl Scouts Burned in Explosion In Barnstead, New Hampshire, four Girl Scouts were injured after a makeshift cooking fuel can they were trying to refill exploded, spraying them with burning fuel. Two suffered serious burns and were hospitalized. The four kids ages 11 to 13 were among a group of about 75 Girl and Boy Scouts that had gathered at Camp Fatina. (USA Today, 9-15-2008, p. 13A) Van Backs Over Tent, Killing 4-Month-Old In Beaver Falls, Minnesota, a woman accidentally … Continue reading →

Camper Killed by Stray Bullet

A 60-year-old man was killed near a campsite in Pike National Forest, struck by an “errant bullet” fired by someone nearby while he was camping with his family.  It is unknown who was shooting near the campsite.  The accident happened this past Friday night . . . another example of how careless gun owners endanger us all.

Boy Scouts Swept Away In Flood

In New Mexico over the weekend a flash flood inundated the campsite where a group of boy scouts were camping, sweeping 4 of them away in the floodwater.  One boy was unaccounted for and later confirmed to have died. The boys were on a 12 day trek thought North Pomil Canyon, part of the 214 square mile Philmont Scout Ranch, frequented by troops all across the country.  According to state police spokesman Chad Pierce, the flash flood occurred at around … Continue reading →