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03.20.07

Boy Scouts Prepared For the Worst

A 12-year-old boy is found alive after three days alone in the rugged mountains of North Carolina, many say he survived because he is a boy scout.

Local Boy Scout Troop 80 is taking a camping trip this weekend. We wanted to know what leaders are doing to make sure everyone stays together. And if a scout ends up alone - what they need to know to survive.

It's easy to get lost on a cool windy night like this in the panhandle. So what we learned today from local scouts, can help families who enjoy the outdoors survive if the worst happens.

"Before we even go hiking we plan a course for any type of outdoor activity we plan and take maps, get in touch with land owners to find out hazards in the area," says James Spencer, a Scout Master.

Scouts use the buddy system, so they say it's virtually impossible to end up alone.

"If we want to hiking or go to the pool, we use the buddy system, make sure no one is injured and no one gets lost," says Jonathan Gwinn, a boy scout.

And if the worst were to happen, scouts know what to do.

"There is a merit badge called wilderness survival and it does cover details in that, but for the average scout it's more about staying where they are out, and hopefully they won't venture out by themselves," says Spencer.

And those precautions are good enough for parents we spoke with.

"I was very impressed with how the troop leaders kept track of the boys, they'd check to make sure everyone was accounted for in their platoon," says Peter Friend, a parent.

And when all else fails they rely on technology like GPS systems.

"We have cell phones as another safety precautions, even the kids take cell phones," says Spencer.

If you plan on camping this summer the scouts recommend you take a compass, extra water, food for 2 days and blankets.

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