Rattlesnake Bites Adult Leader!
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 13:39:20 -0500
On Wednesday 7/8, an adult who was hiking up a steep slope near the Appalachian
Trial at Camp No.Be.Bo.Sco near Blairstown New Jersey was bit in the left hand
by a rattlesnake. After the victim removed the snake and flung it as far away as
possible, the boys summoned help. The victim was taken to Newton Hospital and is
being treated in the ICU. Doctors say that it is one of the worst they have seen
and estimated that if the snake had bitten a small boy, it could have been
The prognosis for recovery is fair but still very guarded since it will be a
while before the swelling subsides. The victim readily acknowledges that he
should not have reached above his head to a rock which he couldn't see clearly.
Should anyone be in rattler territory, please heed this simple advice. Clear the
path ahead and to the sides with a hiking staff or stick by thumping it on the
ground. Snakes are wary creatures, but can not hear. They can feel the vibration
of a staff striking the ground and if alerted in time, would rather slither away
before you get too close. Be especially careful in rocky or ledged areas during
cool but sunny days. These are prime snake denning and basking locations and
weather. Do have a good plan for reaching medical help as quickly as possible.
If there are any scouters on the list with recent medical training, perhaps you
might review first aid procedures until medical help arrives. In any case, your
prayers and good wishes are always welcome. The victim is a good friend of mine.
Bob Taschler, ASM, Troop 88, Waldwick, NJ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City