by Amy Tjaden

News Editor


Two homeschoolers from New Hope, Alabama will receive the Girl Scouts Lifesaving Medal of Honor.

Amanda Cambron and Savannah Ogle will be honored at their Girl Scout Troop’s Court of Awards on April 24th for their involvement in the rescue of two men from the Ocoee River in Ocoee, TN during a white water rafting trip this past fall.

The best friends were on a white water rafting trip with Quest Expeditions. There were six people in each raft. The girls, who were 12 and 13 at the time, were in their raft with four adults. The group the girls were with had stopped to take a lunch break when a group of men in another raft were thrown into the water when their raft flipped over a rock.

The girls assisted in paddling their raft back into the rapids. The girls did not panic and followed their river guide’s instructions. They had to continuously paddle to hold the raft steady in order to pull the two men onto the raft.

The men were scraped and bruised and required first-aid but no other medical treatment. The men were grateful and thanked the girls for saving their lives.

Amanda and Savannah have been active in Girls Scouts for 8 years and homeschooled for 4 years. Amanda’s mother Laura is proud of the girls and also credits Quest Expeditions’ comprehensive safety instruction provided before each rafting trip.

The girls have been humble about the experience; saying they only did what they were told.

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