Alaska Scout leaders die near D.C.

Four Boy Scout leaders were killed in Virginia on Monday, the opening day of the organization's national Jamboree, when a metal tent pole they were holding hit a power line and apparently ignited the canvas tent above them, according to Scout officials and witnesses.

Officials late Monday confirmed the leaders who died are Ron Bitzer, Michael Lacroix and Michael Shibe of Anchorage and Scott Powell, who moved to Ohio last year.

Our thoughts go out to the families of these devoted Scout leaders who gave so much to their sons, their troops, and their communities. Fund 80487 has been set up at Denali Alaska Credit Union for the families of the Boy Scout leaders who died at the National Jamboree.