Scouts return to NH camp after lightning scare

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 5:06 PM

GILMANTON, N.H. (AP) — Most of the nearly two dozen Boy Scouts who were out camping and were burned when lightning struck a nearby tree have returned to the leadership program that had had them out braving the elements on a remote New Hampshire hilltop.

Two Scouts were still at Concord Hospital as of mid-afternoon Tuesday but were expected to rejoin the program later in the day. None of the boys was hit directly by lightning in Monday's storm at Camp Bell — part of the Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Gilmanton.

The giant pine that was struck was the only physical evidence of their close call. The tree had a visible scar running from its top to the ground, caused when sap and water inside it boiled and cracked it open.

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