Lost & Found: What would you do?

The following articles appeared in the Boston Herald and Boston Globe respectively about a Scout that had been lost on Mt. Washington.

Halifax teen safe after three days in White Mountains

Stranded hiker brings lesson home for the Scouts

As you read through the articles ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you think the Scout was prepared for the hike and the conditions he found?
  • Was he being responsible in his decision to hike alone?
  • Were his parents responsible for letting him hike alone?
  • What do you know about the weather and conditions in the White Mountains in April?  Where could you find out?
  • Did he make the right decision(s) when he found he could not continue on his route?
  • What would you have done in his situation?
  • What would you do to prepare for a solo hike in the White Mountains?  Would you consider hiking solo?
  • Do you consider yourself an “experienced hiker”?  How much training or experience do you think you need to be allowed to hike on your own?
  • Although we can be happy that this Scout was found in good condition, read some of the comments to see what other people think about his actions.  Do you agree or disagree with the comments?  Why?

As we don’t have the whole story it’s hard to make judgements, but part of being a responsible outdoorsman is being able to make good decisions both before and during an outing.  Thinking about how you would approach this situation will help you in understanding how our decisions affect the outcome and how the conditions you encounter on the trail force you to re-think your decisions.


  1. The Scoutmaster says:

    Post updated with a link to a Boston Globe article that gives some more details about the hiking conditions and his decision process during the hike.