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Three local Boy Scouts go missinghttp://www.newsregister.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=209644

 

Published: June 22, 2006

 

By PAUL DAQUILANTE Of the News-Register

 

Three Boy Scouts from McMinnville were reported missing Wednesday night after they failed to return from a day of fishing and hiking in Hood River County's Mount Hood National Forest. The teenagers are members of the Varsity Boy Scout Team sponsored by the McMinnville Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team began looking for the teenage boys early this morning.

 

"There were 11 boys and four adults, all members of the team, that were camping at Lost Lake," said Dan Hinmon, a spokesperson for the ward. "The boys went off in groups to fish and hike. When these three did not return to camp, the leaders became concerned, and reported them as missing to the sheriff's office."

 

Lost Lake is located northeast of Sandy and southwest of Hood River.

 

Hinmon identified the boys as Zackery Britt, Max Meehan and Ryan Short. Meehan and Short are McMinnville High School students, he said. Britt's father lives in McMinnville, but he resides with his mother elsewhere, according to Hinmon. He was uncertain of their ages, but said they are all teenagers.

 

"We're confident the boys will be found," Hinmon said. "According to the sheriff's office, it's a common occurrence for members of groups to wander away from camp."

 

He said overnight temperatures in the area were in the 40s, but he did not know if the boys were equipped to spend a night outdoors.

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Missing Boy Scouts foundhttp://www.newsregister.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=207868

 

Published: June 22, 2006

 

The News-Register staff

 

McMinnville Boy Scouts Zachery Britt, Max Meehan and Ryan Short, missing overnight in the Mount Hood area, have been found.

 

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office, which had mounted a search for the trio, confirmed they were located late this morning. The teens had still been considered missing at the News-Register's deadline for today's print edition.

 

The boys are members of the Varsity Boy Scout Team sponsored by the McMinnville Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eleven boys and four adults with the group were on a camping trip near Lost Lake, northeast of Sandy and southwest of Hood River.

 

They left the group Wednesday to go fishing and hiking, but didn't return by nightfall. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team began looking for the teenage boys early this morning.

 

Temperatures were reported to have been in the 40s during the night.

 

Earlier Thursday, before the boys were found, ward spokesman Dan Hinmon said he was confident the Scouts would be found.

 

For a full account of the search effort, read Saturday's News-Register.

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. . . Whew! Okay, two-deep leadership is in place; now they need to go to work on the buddy system. That being said, I'll bet that they had a great time and have a bunch of great stories to tell. Besides, they weren't really lost. They knew exactly wherre they were all the time. They were "right here" all the time.

I am very happy that they were found in good health and appearntly, good spirits

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I'm glad, too. But once again, an LDS unit is involved.

 

Not to bash the LDS Church, but one has to wonder what in the world is going on . . .

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Fred,

 

What would be more useful is a "debrief" by the young men to qualified outdoors people. Let's see if they improvised a fire and shelter to keep them going for the night. Also, did they "stay put" when they discovered they were too far out of position to be back in camp before full dark?

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This to me sounds like a triumph to BSA and their program readying scouts to survive in the wilderness. Sure they got lost, anyone could. But they survived.

 

Hooozahhh!

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Daniel Boone once said he'd never been lost. "I've been confused for weeks at a time, but never lost."

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