According to written comments emailed by Marshall Steinmann, executive director of the Katahdin Area Council, the unnamed staff member was part of a weeklong trek with the Maine High Adventure program down the Allagash River with a group of scouts.
, the group was preparing for an activity involving floating down the river with life jackets and helmets - a practice often called "rump-bumping."
"However, the staff member chose to demonstrate the proper technique in an unsanctioned area near Allagash Falls instead of the sanctioned area below the falls," Steinmann
said in his
"During the demonstration, the staff member was injured."
A volunteer leader in the group, trained in wilderness first aid, responded and remained with the staff member as he
was transported by canoe to the town of Allagash, about a mile below the falls.
did not sustain major injuries and no scouts were involved in this incident," Steinmann
Safety is a number one concern with the Boy Scouts, Steinmann
"The health and safety of our youth and adult members is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America