Stricken Scout recounts: One violent lightning flash
Mariano, 15, a Boy Scout from Troop 292 in Hooksett, said he and his fellow scouts at the Daniel Webster Council's Youth Leadership Training at Camp Bell immediately felt the bolt. The electricity traveled to their shelter and even knocked one scout off his feet. Mariano later learned his own foot was burned.
He was one of 23 scouts who suffered burns from the lightning, which struck about 7:30 p.m. as a thunderstorm passed over the camp on Manning Lake. Most of the scouts suffered minor burns to their hands and feet. Many did not know for several minutes that they had small red burns on their body that resemble a spider, said Gerard Boyle, the scoutmaster.
The scouts and their camp counselors performed as they should have in the emergency, and got some hands-on training in dealing with a crisis, Boyle said.
Mariano's mother, Ruth, who is one of the leaders of her son's troop, said she suffered "a very short period of abject terror" when she heard about the lightning strike. After calling area hospitals, she found her son in Franklin Regional Hospital.
He has a burn to his left foot that needs daily care this week, so he won't be going back to the camp this year.
About 400 scouts from around the state between 12 and 16 are attending the camp each week this summer learning leadership skills, scouting officials said.
There were 31 scouts in the shelter when the storm hit, Boyle said. Four of the camp's vehicles were used to take the 23 who complained of burns to the Belmont Fire Station, where a triage station was set up. Ambulances were called from as far away as Alton and Franklin to take the victims to hospitals in Concord, Franklin, Laconia, Wolfeboro and Plymouth.
The Griswold scouting reservation is also home to the Hidden Valley Scout Camp; none of the Hidden Valley campers were affected, officials said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Powerful storm lashes eastern U.S. with snow, arctic cold - 0
- Forecasters say true to form, March will come in like a lion - 0
- NWS: North Country flooding risk near normal for now - 0
- Device may help solve weighty problem - 0
- Frequent snowstorms taking a toll on Manchester's plowing budget - 1
- After-school activities canceled in New Boston, Goffstown and Dunbarton - 0
- Pembroke extends parking ban - 0
- Latest storm will make it a short day for many students - 3
- Here we go again... Fast-moving storm headed to Granite State - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Manchester man who defrauded banks in mortgage foreclosure scheme gets 6 years - 0
- March storm brings accumulation mystery, maybe misery - 0
- Manchester’s Slebodnick stars in Cornell’s title win - 0
- NHIAA Girls’ Div. I final four offers intriguing matchups - 0
- Goffstown voters have lots to consider with schools - 0
- With snow budget depleted, Nashua dips into trust fund - 0
- Manchester CrimeWatch: Graffiti charge keeps teen’s bail from changing - 0
- Police union contract a top concern for Bedford voters - 0
- Proposed school budget creates stir in Allenstown - 0
Taken for a ride: Hooksett’s Pinkerton deal
Manchester schools project budget surplus