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Jul 12, 2012 9:52 PM

14-year-old Boy Scout speaks exclusively to News 4

TUCSON - It's an experience one Tucson Boy Scout will never forget.

A 14-year-old boy is rescued by Border Patrol and Pima County Sheriff's deputies. The boy and seven other scouts were on a camping trip with two counselors. After dinner, they were dropped off in remote locatations alone. One boy got lost. He says he became frightened when heard voices and saw people with flashlights.

Sheriff's officials say the area in the Santa Rita Mountains is a well known area for smuggling drugs and people.

According to Boy Scout officials the boys were earning merit badges. The 14-year-old told News 4
they had been in Box Canyon since Monday, and were to stay until Friday and earn four merit badges. It was while the boy was earning the Wilderness Survival Merit badge he became disoriented and made an effort to return to base camp.

When he couldn't find his way and he heard voices and saw flashlights he called 911. The boy says he wasn't supposed to have the phone but had a funny feeling when he was packing for the trip something was going to happen.

His mother told him to take the phone but only to use it in an emergency. The boy was glad he had the phone. He was lost for about three hours, and he says he used his scouting skills to stay calm. He says he also prayed. "I asked God to help me come out of this alive."

The boy who will be a freshman in high school this fall, asked we not identify him. He says he didn't want the kids at school to know. His mother says when she heard from sheriff's deputies her son was lost, she says she was beside herself.

She says she thought the worst had happened. So when she finally saw him and she was able to hug him she thanked God. She says she will encourage her son to continue his camping experience, something he's enjoyed. However just when he'll return she's not sure.

The boy does have advice for others, and these are some of the skills he learned from scouting, stay calm, take plenty of water, and don't forget your flashlight or pocket knife. He also says take a cell phone.


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