Scouts in the News
- - WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4) – A family in Windsor is counting their blessings after a young boy nearly choked to death on a piece of candy.
The boy was alone with his siblings when the incident happened and his 11-year-old brother came to the rescue.
Eric and Gavin Ray don’t sweat the details, but the pair definitely have each other’s backs.
“I first yelled for mom for help,” Eric said.
- - A Philadelphia teenager has died in a car crash on his way home from his final project to become an Eagle Scout – but not before he saved four lives.
When Christopher Alvelo’s step-father blacked out while driving Saturday, he unbuckled his seat belt and grabbed the wheel, steering the SUV clear of a tanker truck full of jet fuel it was about to hit.
The 17-year-old’s actions saved the lives of his step-father, two other Boy Scouts in the back of the SUV and the driver of the fuel truck, his family says.
- - OCEANSIDE — Courtnay Midkiff dodged rattlesnakes on scorching desert roads. He trudged through the snow and was battered by rain that blew sideways in powerful winds.
Through it all, he kept heading west on foot. Midkiff began his 3,000-mile journey across the nation on March 1 in Virginia Beach, Va. And this Sunday, he’ll finish the trip in Oceanside — on his 24th birthday.
“A lot of people I’ve just met are in disbelief when I tell them I’m doing this,” Midkiff said over the phone while walking along a highway in Temecula earlier this week.
- - A young Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner is organizing a blood and bone marrow registry drive inspired by his sister's fight against leukemia Saturday across from Ozona Pig.
When most Boy Scouts wait until their senior year of high school to do their Eagle Scout project, Luke Longen is knocking his out before finishing eighth grade.
The 13-year-old never intended to start this early, but plans changed when his older sister was handed a leukemia diagnosis.
- - Three Boy Scouts used training to evacuate selves, family
Three Boy Scouts were able to safely evacuate their home thanks to training they received from the Forsyth County Fire Department.
The Boy Scouts were recognized with a "Good Citizen Award" April 18 for safely evacuating a house that caught fire.
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In just two months as a member of Cub Pack No. 139 of the Boy Scouts of America, 6-year-old DeMaris Scarver has learned to become a better listener and sharpened his ability to take instructions – all of which helped him save his mother’s life.
Honing those skills would benefit anyone, but they are vitally important for the King Center Charter School second-grader because his mother, Dinesha Scarver, suffers from Type I – or insulin-dependent – diabetes.
DeMaris was only 3 when he was first taught to be alert to his mother exhibiting extreme symptoms of disease. He’s particularly attentive when she becomes incoherent and perspires profusely, signs that there are problems with her blood-sugar level.
- - AUSTIN -- A 10-year-old Boy Scout will be honored by the Austin Police Department for helping save a man's life.
Police say they received a check welfare call around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. A man living in the Fairway Village Apartments on Fairway Street needed help and called 911.
Police say Hunter Aguilar was in Austin visiting his family when he heard the man's whistle blows. Hunter recognized the whistle blows as distress calls, thanks to his training in the Boy Scouts. Hunter then got the attention of his father.
- - Boy Scout William Aguayo, a member of Troop 112, received Scouting's Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, an award given to a Scout for "their heroism or risking their life to save someone else."
William was recognized on Feb. 25 for saving his younger brother, Romeo, from drowning while they were boogie boarding in the Pacific Ocean last summer on a family trip to Ecuador.
- - Civic leaders from throughout East Tennessee will gather Thursday night to honor Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, at the Boy Scout's annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner.
At the event, a Knoxville elementary student will also be recognized with the scout's Heroism Award.
The fourth grader attends West Haven Elementary School and like many kids his age, he enjoys the outdoors. He's also a cub scout.
The boy's mother says it was her son's scout training that helped keep her alive last fall.
- - Fifteen-year-old Brian Boatright is glad he can be humble about being a hero. Boatright, a Windermere resident who just went through midterms at Bishop Moore High School, was faced with a life-or-death situation on a June trip with his fellow Scouts up a steep New Mexico mountain nicknamed “Big Red.” One of their troop leaders, Ric Cooper, collapsed without warning some 11,000 feet up the hike. According to Boatright, the boys knew it was bad when Cooper’s eyes rolled back into his head.
“Instead of standing around hoping for the best, I decided to take off running, “Boatright said.