The Boy Scouts of America’s motto is “be prepared.”
But a group of Boy Scouts from the Metroplex wasn’t quite prepared last Saturday for the Brazos River to flood and sweep their canoes downriver.
The Somervell County Sheriff’s Department received a cell phone call from the Scouts, who were on a camping excursion and going down the Brazos in canoes from Rhodes Canoe Rentals on U.S. Highway 67.
The two adults and four boys were camping along the river in the southern part of the county and had pushed the canoes up on the banks, but not far enough. When the river rose overnight, the canoes were washed away and the group was stranded, said Derrell McCravey, chief deputy.
When the sheriff’s office received a cell phone call asking for help, officers went to the scene, picked up the Scouts and took them back to the canoe rental business.
The canoes were recovered downstream near Brazos Point.
There were no injuries reported by the Scouts “except their pride,” McCravey said