I can tell you from experience that I wish I
had my HT with me for my Philmont Trek a number of years ago.
We had two incidents which required a much faster
and a more organized method of dealing with the situation.
1) My crew of 9 scouts included one mentally
challanged scout who was NOT enjoying the 90 miles of hiking.
He caused the crew to miss 2 of their
scheduled events simply because he poked along so slowly that we ended up
getting there too late. Every scout in the crew tried in vain to buddy up
to him and help make his and their experience a more enjoyable one. He ended up
running off and was lost overnight (actually hiding and ignoring our calls to
him we walked by him 3 times before he was eventually found by Rangers) I had to
send scouts in both directions to locate him and it was not until we saw him
riding in the back of a Rangers pick-up did we know he was safe and sound. An Ht
would have allowed us to contact Camp HQ and let them know our situation. Scarry
for all to say the least.
2) The second incident was with another crew
who Adult leader became ill and unable to continue. Getting him help and to
medical attention would have been so much quicker if we had radio comms. I took
on that crew in addition to my own until they received a replacement Adult
leader. Those kind of incidents should encourage any scout camp to allow Amateur
Radios to be taken along on hikes away from base camp.
Wood Badge 82-39-44
Perm. Patrol Leader - Free Roam'n Buffalo
Patrol (When the Chips are down..We will back you up)