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One reported dead at Scout Jamboree

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man died over the weekend at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in southern West Virginia, officials said.

An adult staff member was walking Saturday night near his camp at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, where some 40,000 Scouts and others have gathered, when he collapsed, Deron Smith, Boy Scouts of America director of public relations, said late Monday night. 

Smith said the Summit has a full medical staff on hand and that the team immediately went to the man's aid and conducted CPR. The man was taken to a local hospital where medical staff continued resuscitation efforts until pronouncing him dead.

"They tried to revive him but despite all their best efforts were unable to do so," Smith said.

Smith said the man was from out of state but declined to release any further information, and doubted any more information on the matter would be released. A cause of death was not released. He said the man's family had been contacted and that the Boy Scouts were assisting them in any way they could.

The Jamboree consists of high-adventure activities, shows and other Scouting-related events.


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