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Missing Raleigh Boy Scout Troop Located

Posted September 23, 2007
Updated September 25, 2007

— A group of Boy Scouts and their leaders from Raleigh were found Monday morning, about 14 hours after they were reported missing in the Pisgah National Forest near Waynesville, authorities said.

Eight boys and three adults from Troop 217 went to the park Friday for a weekend of camping and hiking and were expected home by 7 p.m. Sunday, according to Rachel Beach, mother of one of the scouts.

When the troop did not return, family members called the park service. Park rangers found the group's vehicles and launched a search party including dogs, Beach said.

A fresh rescue team of 15 to 30 people, including some tracking dogs, was sent after dawn into the woods of Haywood County.

Donna Johnston at the Occoneechee Council office in Raleigh, said the scouts had gotten off a trail and waited until daylight before resuming their hike. They were located about 9 a.m. after they followed the path of a power line and ran across a meter reader, she said.

"They're fine," Johnston said. "They're out of the woods."

"They behaved as scouts. They were prepared," Assistant Scoutmaster Rodney Jones said.

Scout leaders said the troop had plenty of supplies and was never in any real danger. They also had a cell phone, but couldn't get a signal in the forest.

"We had a great time. They had a great attitude. One of the boys said to me, this is a really great adventure but I'm getting tired,” scout leader Charlie Logan said.

John Ackerman of the Occoneechee Council said the boys' parents drove to Haywood County Monday morning to pick up their sons.

The troop is sponsored by the Crossroads Fellowship on East Millbrook Road.


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  • oldrebel Sep 25, 2007

    "I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. " Daniel Boone

  • wolfmandan Sep 25, 2007

    And here I thought they were going for their compass reading merit badge. Glad they are okay!!

  • MamaBear Sep 25, 2007

    They weren't actually lost. They arrived late and hiked into camp in the dark and took the wrong trail. They had to back track and it took longer than they anticipated so they spent the night and were unable to call the parents because of lack of cell phone service. The parents drove the long drive up there when they weren't back when they should have been. When the scouts emerged they were actually surprised at all the media attention.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Sep 25, 2007

    The Scouts did exactly what they were supposed to do. The press just loves it anytime these types of stories come up. Remember, just because you have a cell phone doesn't mean you get a signal. Just because you have a GPS doesn't mean you know where you are. It is like the saying "Wherever you go, there you are".

  • richard2 Sep 24, 2007

    Good job! They knew what to do.

  • Made In USA Sep 24, 2007

    I reccommend this as a new law for groups going into forests and other areas that could prove to become a hazzard to their safety: Require that one hand-help GPS unit be in the possession of one of the adults in the group, and in the hands of a person trained to use it.

    I have used one on Jordan Lake for years, and they are extremely valuable and highly accurate in pinpointing one's location. There's no way one can get lost if it is working. In addition, if something were to happen that requires immediate help at their location, the longitude and lattitude info could be relayed by cell phone to the proper authorities for a pinpoint search. They have the potential to be life-savers.

  • kawbkr Sep 24, 2007

    The news said they had 3 cell phones with them. Why didn't they call and let people know what was going on???? Glad they are ok.

  • wine_girl Sep 24, 2007

    i wonder if they were distracted by a group of girl scouts...

  • Travised Sep 24, 2007

    The only other possibly thing they could have done, if they had it, was tie bright (orange) plastic tape to trees once they realized they were lost to leave a trail behind them.

    Maps/stars/GPS/phones/radios is a problem in unknown territory with barriers/terrain.

    Just glad they were found shortly.

  • MacsRule Sep 24, 2007

    I'm glad they're ok. I wasn't too worried, most experienced scouts can take care of themselves.