Scouts learn first-aid skills in Scouting without ever knowing when they'll need to use them. Or on whom.
Last month a group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue the NBC journalist Ann Curry after she had broken her ankle while hiking.
On April 5, 2014, Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 out of Berkeley Heights, N.J., were on a Philmont training hike through Harriman State Park in New York.
That's when, as Scouter Rick Jurgens told me this morning, they came across Curry. Only they didn't know it was the Emmy-winning journalist right away.
"We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection," Jurgens said, "and a lady was sitting on the ground with her one leg out. We didn't think anything of it, but one of the guys asked if everything is OK. She said, 'No, not really. I think I broke my ankle.' She told us to keep going, but the guys refused."
With no prompting from Jurgens, the Scouts sprang into action. This is what they had trained for.
"They splinted it up perfectly," Jurgens said. "Just like in the pictures."
Read the full article on the Scouting Magazine website.
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