Local Boy Scouts Prepared To Stay Out Of Harm's Way

In light of Wednesday night's tragic tornado and subsequent deaths at a Boy Scout camp in Iowa, Scout leaders want to be sure they're as prepared as possible as our own East Texas Scouts head off to camps across the country.

KLTV 7's Layron Livingston visited Day Camp today and tells us what's being done to keep your little Bears, Wolves and Webelos entertained this summer - and, out of harms way.

All too quickly, it became an all too real survival lesson for a group of Scouts - deadly storms sweeping across the Iowa countryside.

"Our hearts break for these people," said Angie Thomas, the program director of the local Cub Scout Day Camp. "Of course, we never want some tragedy like that to happen to our children."

It's Day 4 for the boys at Pirates of the Seven Seas Cub Scout Day Camp, where archery and pirate sword play take center stage.

The camp site is not so remote - on the TJC campus - but Thomas says safety is still priority number one.

"When we have our staff training, we cover emergency procedures, so we have a backup plan whether we have fire, whether we have tornados, or rain."

They were procedures she and the camp put into play earlier this week when our own severe weather moved in. Emergency contact numbers at every station, and EMS always on site. Staff members are also connected to campus security for constant updates on the weather. But, it doesn't stop there.

"We want to make sure that we have prepared our own children." In the city, or in the woods, Thomas says her scouts will be safe in any enviroment. "I'm getting ready to send my own scout to camp in Colorado next week. I know that those scout facilities are preparing and will be ready to handle any emergency that comes up, that's part of the beauty of being in the Boy Scouts organization, because we're prepared."

A motto for the scouts, one which will hopefully ensure the only memories of summer camp are happy memories.

During today's closing ceremony at the camp, the scouts took time to recognize the victims of the Iowa tornados through a prayer.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com