Skip to comments.Boy Scout found [alive!] after building tree-branch shelter
Posted on 08/13/2011 5:42:18 PM PDT by DemforBush
He was scared, but the 12-year-old Boy Scout still knew what to do when he got lost during a Utah wilderness outing: He built a shelter made of tree branches and wood to get through a cold night and he covered himself in dirt to stay warm...
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With so many of these child-gone-missing stories ending in tragedy, I thought it would nice to post one where things turn out for the best.
Thumbs up to the Boy Scouts, too. Their training served this kid very well.
I actually felt pretty confident about this turning out well when I saw the story on the news.
All these kids should be carrying phones and GPS. Cheap life savers!!
Very good news! Thanks for posting! Glad he was a Boy Scout.
While the elites are opposing the Scouts for refusing to allow homosexuals in.
As much as I hate cell phones I do carry mine out in the woods.
The kid has raw improvisational and survivalist traits of a US Spec Op guy.
But how tolerant is he?
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Holy shiet, reminds me when I got lost up in Alder lake New York, 1971 Troop 293. Raining like crazy and I built a lean-to and covered it with my rain coat and it worked perfectly. What always got me about that was how bats kept dive-bombing me. The creepiest though was when I was sitting in the lean to I would shine my flashlight around and *pow* a group of deer suddenly appeared staring right at me. I tend to remember screaming after that but remember more what those deer made me do in my pants! LOL! Oh yes, and my scoutmaster collapsing down a tree after I was found like his life has just been saved. LOL
Praise God from whom blessings flow.
Kudos to preparedness, its a lost art.
Nice story. Thanks for posting.
Cell service is poor to non-existent in the wilderness areas around my parts.
Parent of an Eagle.
Thumbs up for Scouting. So happy for this family.
Very nice. Glad all that stuff I used to read in the Boy Scout handbook wasn’t just “BS” ;-)
I’m not getting far out into the real wilderness around here but twisting an ankle a couple of miles from the road could be a problem.
Thanks for posting.
The lad kept his head about him and used his Scout training.
Like you say, “thumbs up to the Boy Scouts.”
Wow! Awesome poster!
Thank God! So glad he’s ok!
I’m glad to hear he put his training to use to save his life !
But I thought covering one’s self with dirt would lower body temperature ? I thought it just wicked it all away.
God Bless and protect the Boy Scouts!
Stole it from some other FReeper years ago. Whenever I come across a Scouting thread, up it goes.
Best news I’ve heard all day.
Good job scout!
- from the mom of a soon-to-be Life Scout.
True, except for the getting lost part.
Don’t know what part of UT. this happened, the SlickRock country is very spotty though. By air miles it might not be all that far to a tower but the whole area is basically a maze of sandstone canyons within canyons and mesas. I managed to punch through from well into Canyonlands, I swear what made the difference after repeated failed connections was taking off my rubber flip-flops and “grounding” myself barefoot to the rock. $20 TracFone.
He’s not supposed to go out in the wilderness without a first aid kit, water and a whistle. But he still did well.
And a lot of places our troop goes, you can kiss your cell service goodbye.
Nice! They aught to give the kid a special badge for this.
Boy Scouts are amazing, and to think the libs hate them!
Now that is going a long time without female companionship!
Good going was he in his own front yard? lol
When boy scout funding dried up from united way (they wanted gay leadership) Dave Packard wrote a check to cover the monterey scouts for a year. (Legend; I cannot confirm but that sounds like Dave)
Great job Jared.
TRAIL THE EAGLE TRAIL THE EAGLE CLIMBING ALL THE TIME,FIRST THE STAR AND THEN THE LIFE WITH ALL YOUR BOOZEMS SHINE KEEP CLIMBING,BLAZE THE TRAIL AND WE WILL FOLLOW HARK THE EAGLE’S CALLLL ON BROTHER’S HONOR TILL WE’RE EAGLE SCOUTS
Two Eagle Scouts here. So proud. I hope you join their ranks.
You were probably attracting insects that the bats found appetizing.
I was pretty sure this would be a successful search. I’m reading it to my troop Monday and we’re going to discuss what he did right and what he did wrong.
Right-Shelter, mud bed
Wrong-No buddy system, no ten essentials in the wilderness, kept walking when he knew he was lost. 5 miles is a long way to go. Rescue would have been over 10-15 hours sooner had he just parked.
Glad for a happy ending, a great adventure and proper training for survival.
I don’t think they have cell towers out there...
Actually, wouldn’t the dirt sort of clog the pores and keep the body heat in ..??
If so, that’s a good thing to remember.
Blessings also flow from being prepared.
Our cell phones do not work in some places we go to get away from it all.
“Blessings also flow from being prepared.”
That’s in the vein of my parents’ insistence that “the Lord will provide” to rationalize their abysmal financial choices/planning throughout their lives. They ended up with nothing and, at the risk of being blasphemous, my sister and became “the Lord” and provided for them until my dad died, and we take care of Mom.
The Lord gave people brains and the ability to use logic.
Any boy who starts at 10 1/2 in BSA will by the time he is 12 be able to survive in the wilderness on his own for several days. If the troop follows the program.
I am not surprised at the outcome here. This boy was well trained. BSA is the absolutely best program a young boy can be involved in. By the time he gets done at age 18, most will be a completely self-reliant young men ready to take on the challenges the world will throw at them.
4 sons 4 Eagles.
2 are active duty Marines, one a fireman/paramedic, and another starts college in August as an Army ROTC cadet.
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