Texas Boy Scouts evacuated during Colorado wildfires

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by ANDREW HORANSKY

KHOU

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 7:19 PM

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- When the scouts of Troop 1852 left Missouri City last week, they thought they were going on a camping trip to Colorado. But the trip turned into something far bigger than anyone expected.

The 17 scouts and their seven leaders ended up at a camp just a few miles from where the wildfires broke out. Their group had to be evacuated.

“At that point we were not allowed to take any gear with us,” Scoutmaster Jeff Kessler said. “We had the clothes on our back and that was all we were allowed to take with us.”

Other troops were at the same camp at the same time, and yet they decided to go home. However, the boys of Troop 1852 stayed behind to help.

For the past week, they have been volunteering with the Red Cross and Salvation Army at their shelters. They were living up to the honor that comes from being a scout.

“I thought I was going to have a full fun week, but turns out I was helping people” scout Manuel Hinojosa said. “That was pretty good.”

But it was not easy.

“The toughest part was thinking about all those homes that were destroyed,” scout Tyler Thompson said.

“There’s people out there a lot less fortunate now,” scout Daniel Rudzinski said. “I just can’t take that much for granted now.” Their parents could not have been more proud. The scouts could not have been more ready to return.

Looking back, however, it seems they may have been in the right place at the right time after all.

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