Boy Scouting credited with helping students stranded on bus remain calm

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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DOUGLASS, Kan. -- Logan Parker was one of the oldest students on the Douglass school bus that overturned into a Butler County creek Thursday afternoon.

He and the other students his age helped younger students get out of the partially flooded bus. Parker knew he had to remain calm because that is one of the many lessons he has learned as a Boy Scout about helping others.

"Since I was the oldest, I was helping everybody else and me and a bunch of others were the last ones out of the bus," he said after being taken to safety. "So we all got out safely."

Logan's grandmother, Dana Walker, was quick to attribute his action to emergency preparedness and first aid training he has received through Boy Scouts.

"I'm glad that he had that so that he would keep his wits about him and be able to help everyone," Walker said.

Mario Perez, Field Services Director for the Boy Scouts of America's Quivira Council, said Parker completed three years of emergency preparedness as a Cub Scout and camped at the Quivira Scout Ranch as a scout for the first time this summer.

"He earned his Tenderfoot Badge there," Perez said. "And part of the requirements for that Tenderfoot Badge have a lot to do with emergency preparedness and first aid-type activities."

Events like Thursday's bus accident, car accidents, natural disasters or household accidents are why Scouting focuses so heavily on emergency preparedness, Perez said.

"Most Scouts do learn how to stay calm, how to think straight and how to really behave in a way that makes it less dangerous for the person that's in harm's way," he said.

Such lessons can be taught at home, too.

Josh Barker, another of the sixth grade students on the bus who helped younger students get to safety, said his mom has always told him it is important to be prepared for any emergency and, when you find yourself in one, to remain calm.

"First reaction: Don't just go all scared about it," Barker said. "Just handle the situation like it should be handled."

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