Skip to comments.Boy Scout Missing in Rugged N.C. Park
Posted on 03/18/2007 2:40:41 PM PDT by SmithL
TRAPHILL, N.C. (AP) -- Search teams combed mountain terrain Sunday for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who disappeared during an outing.
About 10 scouts and the adult leaders of Troop 230, from Greensboro, noticed that Michael Auberry was missing between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in Stone Mountain State Park, officials said.
The troop had gone on a hike earlier Saturday, and the boy and an adult stayed behind, said David Bauer, a ranger with the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was not immediately clear why they stayed behind.
After the troop returned and ate lunch with Michael and the adult, the troop noticed the boy was missing from camp. Searchers found part of his mess kit less than a mile away late Saturday,
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I hate reading stories like this one. I hope he's OK.
He is twelve, so he should have some outdoor skills, but I am concerned that he would wander off without a buddy. And I am even more concerned that one boy would stay behind with one adult. They should all know better.
It shouldn't take more than a minute to get the answer to that quesiton.
Somebody's got some 'splaining to do. That violates BSA's two-deep leadership requirements for adults. Add that to the newspaper statement (if true) that is was not clear why the Scout and adult (apparently not the Scout's father) stayed behind and how the Scout disappeared with only two people in camp?
All that said, let's pray they find him soon.
"After the troop returned and ate lunch with Michael and the adult, the troop noticed the boy was missing from camp..."
The man and the boy
were both there when they returned.
It hardly matters
why the two had stayed . . .
(Unless they did something that
made the boy ashamed . . .)
'Waterboard' the adult that stayed with him. You'll find him pronto.
I thought scouting rules are that no adult is to be alone with a scout.
Well, praying they find the boy safe.
Another missing kid article
I see, so sad and I hope the outcome is good!
Prayers up. Arms out to the family.
Prayers that he be found quickly.
As the Scoutmaster pointed out, adult leaders are NEVER allowed to be one-on-one with a boy who isn't their own son. It's a rule that we get taught at mandatory Youth Protection Training. The boys get their own training, so they also know not to be alone with an adult. It provides for protection for the boys from predators as well as provides protection for the adults from false charges.
No it does not. These excursions are to be no less than 4 members. In the event of a problem, as is obvious happened here, one group of one adult and one scout can stay behind.
The boy walked off by himself after the rest of the crew came back. They were all having lunch when the boy walked off. They found his mess kit less than a mile away. That's not a walk to the potty. It's extremely unlikely the adult did anything, since it was probably something about the kid that caused the stay behind in the first place. If he wasn't sick, which it's likely he was, then there was a problem with peer harassment. That's the most likely scenario, not anything an adult did. He may have even been grabbed by a stranger during a walk to the kybo.
I really don't, and never will understand this irrational suspicion, that every adult is a closet child molester, and the over kill involved. What do they do with merit badge counselors, require 2 adults, and video taping?
I've seen the rule violated only once and it was due to a medical emergency. 3 adults were on an outing with a group of scouts. One of the boys had a medical emergency that required emergency room treatment. The choice was 2 leaders to take the boy to the hospital or one to do it and 2 remain with the scouts. One leader transported him to the hospital. There was really no good solution.
I hope he is well dressed for the cold and has good survival skills. It's been freezing in this region last couple of days especially with the wind.
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