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Boy Scouts put training into action following tornado

Four Boy Scouts were killed and 48 other people were injured when a tornado stuck the grounds of the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in southwestern Iowa, about fifty miles north of Omaha, Nebraska.

Boy Scout officials identified the dead as camp staffer Aaron Eilerts, 14, of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and Josh Fennen, 13, Sam Thomsen, 13, and Ben Petrzilka, 14, all of Omaha.

The Scouts attending the camp were from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Here is one of the most complete articles I have found this morning, from Galveston County Daily News.

Larry and I are saddened by the news of this disaster in Iowa, and we are grieved by the deaths of these four young men. We are proud to learn that the Scouts immediately put their specialized Scouting education into rapid action—to rescue and save others.

Anyone who doubts the value of Scouting needs to follow this story very closely for the next few weeks. Anyone who thinks that Scouting should change its 98-year old method of teaching boys how to be men needs to show me proof that another system would work better.

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