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Missing Boy Scouts Found in Wooded Area of Berkeley County

There was a big scare in the mountains of West Virginia over the weekend as a group of boy scouts went missing.

BERKELEY COUNTY, W. VaThere was a big scare in the mountains of West Virginia over the weekend as a group of boy scouts went missing. They're now safe and sound and we're learning the scouts didn't panic, but further put their survival skills to good use.

It was supposed to be a weekend of adventure when members of Boy Scout Troop 25 in Berkeley County took to the trails of Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, hiking through the woods and learning about nature. Three of the scouts ended up getting separated and went missing for a number of hours. The scout masters, along with emergency services rescue teams conducted a search and the three 13-year-old scouts were found alive and well.  

"They did very well they were in good spirits no medical issues or anything," said Chief Mike Nichols of Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Company. "Once they were located and were able to get ATVs in to pick them up and bring them out."

Members of Boy Scout Troop 25 in Berkeley County were hiking in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area Saturday afternoon. The scout troop was divided into groups and were told meet at a point in a few hours, but officials say a group of the three 13-year olds did not make it to the meeting point. 

"They were out just doing some of their badge work and training," said Chief Nichols. "The groups divided up. They were supposed to meet at a certain time period when the three did not show up, the rest of the scout masters conducted a search of the area." 

The scout masters told the rest of the scouts to go home, while they conducted a search. As night fell, the masters requested the assistance of local emergency services. Emergency rescue teams along with helicopter search team scoured the wooded area. About two hours the scouts were found, setting up camp, waiting to find their way back the next morning. Officials say they were impressed with the rescue effort.   

"I believe they were surprised, but they were happy to be out of the woods, and not spend the night in the woods," said Chief Nichols. "They were really surprised."
 
The rescue team included emergency rescue units from Berkeley and Morgan Counties, along with Maryland State Police.

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