Family files lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America

DALLAS, Tx. (KWCH) The family of a 15-year-old is suing Boy Scouts of America for his death on a backpacking trip in June.

Reid Comita was pursuing his final merit badge to become an eagle scout when he collapsed and died of heatstroke in remote west Texas.

He signed up to complete an introductory backpacking trip at the buffalo trail scout ranch.

His parents thought he would learn outdoor skills for two days before heading out with two adult leaders.

Reid's parents say he was unexpectedly moved to a more advanced hiking group and they took off days earlier than planned in 99-degree heat.

"They violated several of their policies for safe scouting," says the family.

In their lawsuit, they say the scouts went against their own guidelines by sending Reid out with a 14-year-old and 18-year-old instead of two adults their policy requires.

The family also say the camp director should have altered their hiking plans in the extreme heat.

The Boy Scouts of America says they can't comment on the on-going litigation but they released a statement saying "the health and safety of our youth members are of paramount importance. We strive to create a safe environment for youth to experience outdoor adventure."