Updated statement

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:59 AM by John Royar

This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family. We are very sad to confirm the deaths of three youth participants following a boating incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. The East Texas Area Council and the Scouting community will continue to support them in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping these families in your thoughts and prayers.

We are mindful of the Scouts and volunteers who were present on the outing and the impact this incident had had on them. Grief counselors are standing by to care for our Scouts and adult volunteers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency teams who responded and assisted our Scouts and volunteers throughout this incident.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s statewide incident team is investigating the accident. Please direct any questions specific to the accident to TPWD.

Dewayne Stephens
Scout Executive, East Texas Area Council