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Boy Scout dies at camp in Sanpete County

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-10 19:17:20-04

SANPETE COUNTY, Utah -- A teenager is dead after an accident at a scout camp Tuesday.

According to the Sanpete County Sheriff's Office, a 14-year-old boy from Cedar Hills died in an accident while participating in a counselor-in-training program at the Tifie Scout Camp at Mountain Dell.

David Pack with The Boy Scouts of America National Parks Council said the teen was helping other staff members pick up trash around 8 p.m. Tuesday when he somehow slipped and fell under the trailer being used to haul the trash.

Pack said camp staff and paramedics tried to revive the teen, but by the time a medical helicopter arrived it was too late.

Pack said the Boys Scouts are working with the Sanpete County Sheriffs Department to investigate the accident. He said despite the tragedy, the camp of nearly 300 Boy Scouts will still go on with its scheduled activities.

"We're also working to get grief counseling available and up to the camp to work with those young men that may have been impacted by the incident," Pack said. "They're all aware of the situation and we're trying to work through that as best as we can."

Pack said the teenager was considered family. He said members of the teenager's LDS ward along with staff from the National Parks Council met with the Boy Scout's family Tuesday night to remember him.

"We all cried and had an opportunity to talk about the wonderful life that the young man had lived, the example that he is to other scouts and the opportunity that he has had to do so many great things in his life," Pack said.