STANHOPE, NJ - On Saturday March 28 Venturing Crew 276 traveled to Camp Somers to meet members of New Jersey Search and Rescue team to learn about Search and Rescue.

The program started in the camp’s Health Lodge where the scouts learned about many different pieces of search and rescue equipment, search techniques, hazards would be encountered while doing a search, first aid, different types of search and rescue teams such as dog teams, mountain rescue teams, dive teams and much more.

The NJSAR team is unique in that it is made up of volunteers, their service is free.  In addition, they are not just a basic search and rescue team, they also have a dog team and mountain rescue team within their normal search and rescue team.

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“After some class time, we headed outside to see their trailer and what was in it.  They explained what was there and what it was used for,” said Crew Vice President Stephen Rozek. “What I thought was a really intriguing piece of equipment was their back board; for traumatic patients unable to walk to safety.  Instead of just being a typical back board with the straps and head support, they have a clear piece of plastic that protect the face of the victim.  The back board can be detached into two pieces so that it can be put on two team members backs and can be easily hiked in to where the situation is.”

Another favorite part of the program was learning about all of the different things required to do search and rescue.  One of the NJSAR members said, “Search and Rescue volunteering takes only two things, all of you time and all of your money!”

This trip was great and our crew plans on helping train their search dogs by playing Hide and Seek in the future.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building. More information on the crew can be found at