Here are two interesting articles from the December 5, 2010 Los Angeles Times. Tom D pointed them out to me.
(In the last five years, 32 Scouts and Scout leaders have died in various outdoor activities. Adult leaders, often inexperienced, can miscalculate risks and difficulties.)
The Yosemite Falls Trail leads dramatically to the top of North America's highest waterfall. Park rangers and veteran hikers know it as strenuous and a potentially dangerous hike in the winter.
Its steep switchbacks rising 2,700 vertical feet were a big challenge for Luis Alberto Ramirez Jr., a 12-year-old from Modesto who had joined the Boy Scouts months earlier and was on his first big outing with his troop.
Until that day, Feb. 16, 2008, Luis had never set foot in the mountains.
Four cases show how Scout outings can turn deadly.
Are these sensational and rare examples of poor outdoor leadership pulled selectively from a large national organization?
Or are they signs of a bigger problem caused by a lack of experienced leaders?