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Four Boy Scout Leaders Killed in Electrical Accident at Jamboree Opening in Virginia
COX.Net AP Story ^ | July 25,2005 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 07/25/2005 6:18:31 PM PDT by SandRat

BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Four adult Boy Scout leaders were killed Monday afternoon in an electrical accident during the opening day of the organization's 2005 Jamboree.

Jamboree spokesman Gregg Shields said the accident occurred between 4:30 and 5 p.m. while the leaders were setting up camp.

One other leader and a contract worker were injured, and were hospitalized in stable condition, Shields said. No youth Scouts were seriously hurt, he said. He did not say how many might have sustained minor injuries.

Shields did not have additional details about the accident, including the victims' names.

"We have an investigation under way," he said.

More than 40,000 Boy Scouts, leaders and volunteers from around the world are attending the 2005 National Scout Jamboree. The event Monday at the Army's Fort AP Hill, a 76,000-acre Army training base about an hour south of the nation's capital.

The Jamboree runs through Aug. 3 with President Bush scheduled to speak Wednesday evening. Scouts ages 12-18 are to spend 10 days camping in tents and doing activities that include archery, fishing and a GPS-based scavenger hunt.

The Boy Scouts of America have held the event since 1937 with the next gathering set for 2010, the Scouts' 100th anniversary.

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On the Net:

http://www.scouting.org/jamboree

http://www.aphill.army.mil


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: anchorage; aphill; boyscouts; bsa; bsalist; deaths; fortaphill; jamboree; scouts
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To: SandRat

Easy there. Do not start a flame war


21 posted on 07/25/2005 6:37:07 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: SandRat
Just heard this on the news. Prayers for all involved.


TAPS


22 posted on 07/25/2005 6:37:16 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ coming soon ~Operation Semper Fi ~a field hospital~)
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To: SandRat
My sons Scoutmaster called his wife earlier. He said they were putting up a big tent, and the center pole hit some electrical wires.

That's all I heard so far.

Prayers for the families and for the Scouting program.

23 posted on 07/25/2005 6:38:16 PM PDT by airborne
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To: oyez

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1450365/posts

another article

So sad. Prayers for their families and all Scouts.


24 posted on 07/25/2005 6:39:00 PM PDT by kenth
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To: airborne

Damn...speachless.


25 posted on 07/25/2005 6:39:13 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanters..with a smiley face!)
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To: SandRat

They had electricity at a Jamboree?


26 posted on 07/25/2005 6:42:22 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: randog

Good-O on you!

From Gilwell Park WB Troop 1, WE4-11-04 Is ther an OWL in the House??


27 posted on 07/25/2005 6:44:16 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: xzins
The proper thing is to cancel the Jamboree after a memorial service is held.

Absolutely not xzins. This is not the first time scouts or leaders have died at the Jamboree. The units involved may (and probably should) pack up and go home.

But you're talking more than 40,000 scouts and leaders that come literally from around the world. And putting this one on has been no small feat.

I was an exhibitor at the 2001 Jamboree. My organization opted not to this year for various reasons. One of which was security concerns. The scouts and military have been working for years. Literally since 9/11 to make that place secure.

This is tragic. But it's no cause to give up on such a massive undertaking.

28 posted on 07/25/2005 6:45:08 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: don-o

Sorry about that Sr Patrol Ldr!


29 posted on 07/25/2005 6:45:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Phsstpok; al baby; Born Conservative; SandRat

I see it as a sign of respect for life. At the same time, mine would be just one vote from the pastoral side of the house. Other opinions would not be wrong just because they disagreed with mine, imho. I cannot quote scripture to you that requires one or the other, however, there is typically a period of mourning, and I would not go against that period.

A period of mourning undergirds a high regard for the lesson on the sacredness of life, and I, therefore, would have me not change my recommendation.

I also believe it puts the President in a very awkward position. The media, already unfair to the Boy Scouts, could use it to cast the President as insensitive. I will not be surprised if they do.

I do remember one other speech in which the President addressed a tragedy, and then turned to the topic otherwise at hand. I wish I could remember the occasion of that speech.


30 posted on 07/25/2005 6:47:00 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: airborne

Thanks for that piece of information. Anything on from what State or Council they were from?


31 posted on 07/25/2005 6:47:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: lepton

For the Stage for the opening Ceremony.


32 posted on 07/25/2005 6:48:16 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: xzins

Sensitive, but wrong!


33 posted on 07/25/2005 6:48:18 PM PDT by conservativewasp (Liberals lie for sport and hate their country.)
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To: xzins

The proper thing is to cancel the Jamboree after a memorial service is held.


I don't understand your rationale in cancelling the jamboree. As the article says, 40,000 kids are participating who likely worked and saved for this big event. Though it's tragic, I don't think any of the four that died would have wanted it cancelled.


34 posted on 07/25/2005 6:48:33 PM PDT by conshack ((Our porous southern border WILL result in another terrorist attack))
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To: lepton
They had electricity at a Jamboree?

Not in the tents, but sure. This is, afterall at Fort A.P. Hill. And some of the exhibits and shows get pretty elaborate. Remember this is the National Jamboree with some 40,000 participants.

35 posted on 07/25/2005 6:48:33 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: SandRat
Ok,..... you had fun because adults cared to help the youth with Scouts. So what Scout Council/District/Troop/Pack are you working with now to repay the favor?

You can't know what this person has been doing with his life since the Scouts. I was in Girl Scouts and have fond memories of those experiences...but I never felt I owed the scouting program any parcticular debt of service. My kids were not inclined to participate in scouting. My service work with children is therefore in different fields...mainly with my church, but also with local charitable concerns and with the schools my kids attend. Let others give back to the Scouts. I'm giving back to my community in other ways they might not. That seems fair. And judging by the number of boxes of cookies still in my freezer, I'd say I'm repaying my debt to the Girl Scouts with interest!

I'm very sorry to hear of this accident....I hope the survivors have a complete recovery.

36 posted on 07/25/2005 6:49:09 PM PDT by lsee
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To: SandRat

Oh SandRat! How terrible...MANY prayers for the families and all the kids at the Jamboree...


37 posted on 07/25/2005 6:49:19 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Lord, we need a Logan miracle for Simcha7 and Cowboy. Please.)
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To: xzins
The proper thing is to cancel the Jamboree after a memorial service is held.

As those who died did so trying to put on the Jamboree, my guess is that they would want it to go on.

38 posted on 07/25/2005 6:49:41 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

See my #30


39 posted on 07/25/2005 6:49:59 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins
Well, the Scout Jamboree Prayer Book will be pulled out and there will be a Jamboree Memorial Service (Prayer book covers all the religions and is not as the ACLU claims a Christian Evangelical Book).
40 posted on 07/25/2005 6:50:36 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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