14-Year-Old Boy Scout Killed at Camp After Tree Falls on His Tent
Authorities have not released the boy's name.
The Boy Scout troop was at the Bert Adams Scout Camp near Covington for a week-long camping trip when the teen and another boy ran to a tent to escape severe weather that was passing through the region, reports said.
That's when a tree fell on the 14-year-old’s tent, killing him, reports said.
He suffered blunt force trauma to his head and chest, according to Channel 2 Action News. Authorities have not released his name.
“I can’t even imagine what the Scout leader and the rest of the troop is going through, let alone the parents who are that far away from their child," Newton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Alexander told WSB. "I can’t put that into words."
It's believed that between 50 and 60 trees came down at the camp due to the weather.
The other boy in the tent with the victim survived.
The Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council released a statement after the teen’s death.
“This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We are sad to confirm the death of one of our Scouts following a weather-related incident at Bert Adams Scout Camp. We offer our deepest condolences to the victim and his family, and we will support them in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping all those affected in your thoughts and prayers."
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