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On August 2, 2002, 350 Boy Scouts were dismissed from the dining hall at Resica Falls Boy Scout camp to their wooded campsites during a lightning storm. Sixteen-year-old Matthew Tresca was killed by a lightning bolt that struck a tent pole about 10 feet away from where he was standing and six others were injured. Tresca's parents sued the Boy Scouts of America, the Philadelphia-based Cradle of Liberty Council and three individual scouting employees for negligence, claiming the Scouts should have known a severe storm was in the area before sending the children to their campsites. On June 13, 2006, a scouting official testified that the Boy Scout camp sent children to their campsites during lightning storms instead of keeping them indoors as a matter of policy. A confidential agreement was reached to settle the lawsuit. (Jun-1-06) [PENN LIVE]


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