My experience has been that there are people everywhere who do stupid things. As the father of two Eagle Scouts, the fact that the vandals in this case are reportedly "scout leaders" is embarrassing, and I hope that the authorities follow through with charging them with a crime. Understandably, there has been some bashing of Boy Scouts in this thread. I would like to point out that in general, scout leaders are just parents who have volunteered to help run things, and while their qualifications can be all over the map, the intentions are usually good.
I'd also like to point out that the good that Boy Scouts do far outweighs anything negative. As an example, below is a quote from a 10/16/13 email I received from one of my coworkers about her Eagle Scout son Curtis Ray ("Cray"), whose Eagle Court of Honor my wife and I attended on 4/13/13:
"Some of you already know – some of you don’t....so, I wanted to take a minute and share with y’all a bit of news about my son, Cray.
The Capitol Area Council for Boy Scouts of America has forwarded to the National BSA Council (in Irving), a request from the Williamson County EMS , for Cray to be considered for the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms. Since 1924, only 277 Scouts have been given this award.
On September 18, we were coming home from Cray’s basketball game. It was about 10:15 at night and we were travelling on Leander Road, which can be very dark and has several “S” curves. It was on one of these dark curves, that we came across a man lying in the road...”flopping” around. He had been in a one-man motorcycle accident – and his right leg had been ripped off. There were already 3 people on the scene – one was on the phone with 911, the other two stood there watching the man die.
Without hesitation or thoughts of his own safety, Cray jumped out of our car, ran over to the man, took off his basketball jersey and started a tourniquet. Curtis and I followed, but by the time we got the car parked, turned off and got over to the man, Cray had already secured the jersey around the stump, but it wasn’t enough to stop the bleeding. Curtis used his shirt as an additional tourniquet. Cray started looking for vitals, which he found a very faint pulse, and prepared his head/neck for CPR, while I was trying to talk to him, hold his hand, etc.... Once blood flow started to build back up in him, he was able to speak – but barely...he was in severe shock. Cray asked his name, DOB, and continued to maintain vitals. Another guy stopped, and handed over his military issued nylon belt, but couldn’t help with the gruesome first aid being rendered. Cray and Curtis used the belt to replace the jersey/shirt. DPS arrived on the scene about 9 minutes after we got there and supplied another tourniquet – and about 4 minutes after, EMS finally arrived and took him to Brackenridge. The man is the father of 3 year old twins and a 2 year old daughter. Though he lost his leg, and endured significant blood loss, he survived.
Cray –being only 15 years old, remained cool, calm and very collected during the whole ordeal. He demonstrated not only his first aid skills – but his love for mankind. He has grown up to be quite a young man and we are very, very proud of him....all 6’5” of him!
On October 29, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., Cray will be honored by Williamson County EMS during the Commissioner’s Court."
I don't think that Cray is actually eligible for the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms because that is reserved for cases in which the scout risked his own life, and from my coworker's description, it doesn't sound like he did. However, Cray certainly qualifies for the Lifesaving award. In any event, I'll bet that the injured man and his family will be forever thankful for the skills that Cray learned in Boy Scouts.
"Adventure without risk is not possible." - Reinhold Messner