Boy Scout who died in flash flood at Philmont Scout Ranch honored in California
More than 400 Boy Scouts saluted a fallen comrade Wednesday in Sacramento, California in a memorial for Alden Brock, the 13-year-old boy killed June 27 in a flash flood at the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron.
Today, Brock's troop – Troop 380 – gathered to remember him as someone who loved his scouting family and embraced life.
"He was such a good young man," said Jack Williams, with the Golden Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America. "Being a part of Troop 380, he personified the very best of scouting."
"The thing I remember the most about him is he's the guy who just could not say no to a challenge. He was always up for adventure," said fellow Troop 380 Scout Alexander Mellerski. "Always did it with a smile and he would make sure that he would win. And if he didn't, he would keep doing it until he did."
Brock was also revered as a top competitor.
"He was a Scouter, but he was ever so much more than that," said Alan Fisher, a friend of the family. "He also loved soccer. He loved wrestling. He was the captain of his wrestling team. He was a leader in many, many ways."
Brock had a tremendous impact on his troop, church and community. He will be honored by the California State Assembly.
A memorial resolution was presented Wednesday to Brock's family by assemblyman Ken Cooley, who will also adjourn the state assembly tomorrow in Alden's name.
"It is a trifle compared to the loss of their son, but it's a way to mark his death, remember his life, honor him on this occasion," Cooley said.
Brock will long be remembered by his extended family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his fellow Boy Scouts.