Scouts learn skills with search and rescue exercise

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A group of local Boy Scouts took part in a search and rescue training course Friday and Saturday.

Troop 16 from Collinsville spent the night and day at the public training facility. Lauderdale County Emergency Management took part in the exercises. The pack learned about direction and skills of how to find a person missing in the woods.

Leaders and members of the troop say this teaches important skills to the future's first responders.

"Some of the things we learned today included navigational skills, learning azimuth and pace count for knowing how far you have gone," adult volunteer Justin Branstetter says.

"It's a little bit more difficult than most people think. You just think they just go out and find people. There is a lot more to it than that," 12-year-old Mason Bradley says.

These exercises were part of earning a merit badge.