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Sacramento-Area Boy Scout Killed in New Mexico Flash Flood on Camping Trip

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SACRAMENTO --

A storm so strong it took the life of a young boy from Sacramento.

New Mexico State Police said about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, a storm created a flash flood in the back country of Philmont Scout Ranch -- a 200-square-mile high adventure Boy Scout base in Northern New Mexico.

Representatives of Philmont said their camp has an age requirement. Participants must be 14 or must have finished eighth grade.

For 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, this was his first and last experience at Philmont.

FOX40 spoke to Chuck Brasfeild, who is the scout executive of the Golden Empire Council, the governing body of all troops from the Sacramento region.

He said their council sends between 80 to 120 scouts to Philmont every year. Each participant must pass a rigorous physical and health check.

Brock passed the tests. He was on a 12 day wilderness hike with 11 other people. They were camped in a tall canyon, above a usually small creek. But a sudden surge of water made the creek 23 feet deep.

The 13-year-old was swept away and was found six hours later, a mile from the original camp site.

Golden Empire Council sent out an official statement. It says in part:

"... Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic incident. This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We request prayers for the family, friends and fellow Scouts."

The Brock family released the following statement:

"The family is devastated regarding the tragedy that occurred at Philmont Ranch. We would like to take this opportunity to thanks everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We would like to ask everyone to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time. We will make funeral service arrangements available as soon as all details are confirmed. Thank you."

"I can see where they would want to be alone at a time like this," said Steve Madsen, who lives across the street from Alden, his parents and his 11-year-old younger brother.

Madsen told FOX40 he would often see the two boys playing outside their Northeast Sacramento house, and he knew the brothers were both active Boy Scouts, and their father often hosted scout meetings at their home.

"Probably one of the reasons he had enrolled them in scouts was in order to expose them to more experiences than just this neighborhood," Madsen said.