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4/23/05-Longview

Scouts Hold Camporee In Gladewater

More than 250 scouts gathered for a training weekend in Gladewater called the Camporee. The theme of this year's camporee was search and rescue and first aid. And in a post 9-11 world, the scouts could be the future EMTs or rescue teams in the next local or national emergency.

"Well, basically all the things we're learning today will help us in the future in emergencies because we'll know what to do instead of having to guess," says 16 year old scout, Michael Humphries.

Their training today varied from water rescue, to makeshift stretcher building, to rappelling and rescuing trapped survivors, to CPR.

"Everywhere they go there's people that are going to be hurt it just gives them a basic knowledge and interest to learn more later in life," says Longview Troop 201 Scoutmaster, Doug Wiley.

The Scouts' origins even go back to wartime first aid.

"Back during the major wars they were instrumental in helping out, that's actually how the Boy Scouts got their start from Lord Badon Powell who was fighting in the African wars, he enlisted boys to help out," says Wiley.

For these young men, it's just a learning camp, but they know one day they may be called upon to use what they have learned, and the experience is a very maturing one.

"Lots of people just sit and stare and I will be able to jump in and maybe save that person, this could really coincide with real life," Humphries says.

Several of the troops will attend the national Boy Scouts Jamboree in Virginia in July.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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