Local Scouts safe in New Mexico


The boy who drowned this weekend at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico was not a member of Delaware’s Troop 318, according to Boy Scouts of America officials.

Philmont Scout Ranch reported Saturday that “significant rainfall” resulted in elevated stream levels and flooding in some areas across the 214 square-mile property. The ranch reported that staff immediately began contacting crews and participants throughout the property but were unable to account for one youth.

Officials confirmed that the youth passed away Saturday but had not released his identity Monday afternoon.

Boy Scouts from Troop 318, based in Delaware, were also on the property at the time but a spokesman from the Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America office in Columbus confirmed that the drowning victim was not from Delaware.

Philmont officials said no one else was harmed in the flooding and that all participants are accounted for.

Philmont reports about 20,000 Boy Scouts visit the ranch for backpacking treks and other programs.