Olathe boy scouts rescue troop leader injured during trip - KCTV5

Olathe boy scouts rescue troop leader injured during trip

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Some local Boy Scouts are being called life-savers after helping an injured troop leader during a canoe trip.

Several of the members are students at Olathe Northwest.

The scouts had to carry their leader out of a remote campsite at the Canadian-Minnesota border.

They say they weren't worried when it happened because they were prepared. 

“They did outstanding,” said Kevin Chambers, the injured troop leader.

“Dad had wandered off and the next thing I hear, he yells for Steve and says ‘broken,’” said Eagle Scout Taylor Chambers.

The troop was at the farthest point in their trip when the accident happened.

“It was nerve wracking until I knew they were coming in for first light, then I could say, ‘Okay, here’s our goal. Just make it until then,’” said Taylor Chambers.

Even though it was stressful, the troop said it wasn’t chaotic.

“I think it all comes naturally to us,” said Andy Hamlan with Troop 487. “We are almost already in a hierarchy where all the other scouts know what their job is.”

They worked together to build a stretcher, make a signal fire, and coordinate with the rescue plane.

“They couldn’t get a motorboat in to boat him out, so they had to send a plane the next morning,” Taylor Chambers said.

For Kevin Chambers, that moment showed how important scout training really is. However, it will still be a long recovery time.

“I’ve probably got about six weeks the way it is before I can put weight on it again,” Kevin Chambers said.

The group said the experience won’t stop them from camping. They even have a trip planned at the end of the month. 

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