Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Lightning while camping
Re: Lightning while camping
Jack & John Wright
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 16:26:17 -0400
Check out my experiences while investigating a Cub Scout lightning
fatality at our Council Camp, at:
Mike Bowman and I produced about 6 web pages there for just this sort of
curiosity and questions. One of the pages shows my son (a few years
ago) in the "Lightning Safe Crouch" approved by NOAA. IMHO, ALL scouts
and scouter adults should be given a safety class on lightning and
practice this "crouch" position before going out anywhere. Mike tells
me he gets some thank-you notes every year from scouters who access that
site and learn about lightning safety.
Some of you other posters or repliers who've had wilderness lightning
experiences ought to send those to Mike Bowman (Professor Beaver) and
maybe he would add a page of "Lightning Experience" message strings to
the above site.
Early this year we had our lightning safety program and lightning
detector system updated at our Council Camp, by a local TVA professional
"Lightning Safety Engineer". It's been very interesting for us to study
and do what we have done to "prevent" damages from this act of nature
that most people say is "unpreventable". But we've done it. No damage
or injuries now in several years at our camp, which apparently receives
much more lightning than average.