The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

July 23, 2013

Boy Scouts: Man collapses, dies at Jamboree

MOUNT HOPE — An adult staff volunteer has died at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in West Virginia, a Boy Scouts of America spokesman said Tuesday.

The man collapsed while walking from his camp on Saturday, BSA national spokesman Deron Smith said. Emergency medical staff responded immediately and performed CPR. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The man’s identity and hometown weren’t released. Smith said he was from out of state.

The death was the first at this year’s Jamboree, which ends Wednesday.

About 30,000 Scouts and their leaders are attending the Jamboree that also includes thousands of staff and volunteers.

The Jamboree’s chief medical officer, Dr. Glen Ault, estimates that up to 500 people per day have been treated for various injuries at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, and an average of about 15 people per day are taken to hospitals. The Jamboree has more than 500 medical personnel.

Previous Jamborees also have been marked by tragedy. In 2005, four Boy Scout leaders were electrocuted when a pole on a large tent they were erecting touched overhead electrical lines at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, which was the Jamboree’s home from 1981 to 2010. That tragedy was followed by days of intense heat that sickened more than 300 Scouts and visitors.

In 1997, a 16-year-old Scout died when an Army Humvee he was driving overturned at the Jamboree.

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