Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Lightning while camping
Re: Lightning while camping
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 17:50:32 -0500
Jack & John Wright wrote:
> Check out my experiences while investigating a Cub Scout lightning
> fatality at our Council Camp, at:
I did check these pages out and they are excellent. If you go outdoors,
you should at least look at these pages. Even if you think lightning
doesn't strike in your area of the world, you should be prepared.
I've been much more interested in lightning for the last few years,
because I have an email friend who was struck. She was struck inside a
building, through an open garage door. A co-worker who was attempting
to call 911 was also struck through the phone line. One of the myths is
that if you survive the lightning strike, then you are okay.
This is not true! The injuries lightning cause may not show up for days
or weeks. It seems to be common that they start appearing a few hours
after the strike and continue for some time. They include lots of
things, but headaches and memory loss are two that I see mentioned
frequently in survivor's stories.
My husband and 16 year old son recently completed a trek at Philmont.
Within hours of their first day out, they encountered a thunderstorm and
had to spread out and "assume the position." This seems to be one of
those things that gets covered once or twice a year, usually with new
Scouts. Fortunately, this crew remembered it when they needed it - plus
their Philmont Ranger was with them and modeled the Lightning Crouch
quickly and effectively!
My friend, Christine, has put together an excellent page of information
and links about lightning. Her story is there, along with other
survivors stories. If you know someone who is a Lightning Survivor,
please feel free to pass along Christine's URL. Also, if you know
Lightning Survivors, read a few of the stories. You might be surprised
at what your friend has been through.
Advancement Chair, Troop 424
Mustang District, Sam Houston Area Council
Katy, Texas - Home of Champions
mailto:JCPorter@SicEmBears.com OR! JCPorter@SicEmBears.com
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