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Family sues Boy Scouts for $10M over Corvallis teen's death

The mother of a Corvallis boy scout who fell to his death in 2018 while camping with his troop is now suing the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for $10 million.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 4:59 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 5:04 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The mother of a Corvallis boy scout who fell to his death in 2018 while camping with his troop is now suing the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for $10 million.

Margaret Henderson is also suing the Oregon Trail Council alongside Boy Scout Troop 163.

Her 16-year-old son, Nolan Henderson, died while hiking near Middle Rosary Lake in October 2018. 

RELATED: BOY SCOUT THAT FELL TO HIS DEATH WAS CORVALLIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges none of the six adults volunteering with Troop 163 had proper medical, first aid or wilderness training.

It goes on to claim Henderson and other scouts decided to go hiking while the troop was setting up camp and that only scout master Lucas Turpin went with them.

According to the suit, Turpin left to go back to camp, leaving the boys with no supervision while they continued hiking.

While climbing down a steep rock face, Henderson grabbed a rock that came loose, and he fell. He was dead before emergency responders arrived.

The lawsuit alleges the troop leaders let Henderson go on an unreasonably dangerous hike, didn't supervise the hike, didn't provide proper aid to Nolan after he fell and violated BSA policies.

The suit says Henderson's parents are entitled to $1.5 million for the suffering endured by Nolan, $500,000 for burial services and $8 million for being being deprived of Nolan's love and companionship.

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