CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8
A Cub Scout pack’s hike along the San Diego coastline led the children to a nude beach, scout officials confirmed Monday.
According to reports, a group of young Boy Scouts on a planned hike at Torrey Pines State Beach last weekend unwittingly ended up at Black’s Beach, an area known for nude beachgoers, Scouts officials said.
Scouts officials say the group — which consisted of several young children, some parents and adult volunteers — were at the beach on Jan. 24.
CBS 8 spoke with a sunbather who witnessed the scouts walk right through the beach.
“And a friend came jogging over and said, ‘You won’t believe what I just saw.’ He said there’s a pack of Boy Scouts walking this way,” said the witness, who only wanted to be identified as Michael.
In a statement, officials with the Boy Scouts of America, San Diego-Imperial Council said:
“During a planned hiking trip at Torrey Pines State Beach, a local Cub Scout Pack encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed. This outing, involving both parents and adult volunteer leaders, was quickly rerouted to protect the youth. Following the trip, both San Diego-Imperial Council and Pack leadership met with parents to discuss the events and determine if further action was needed. Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter.”
Though the statement said the trip “was quickly rerouted to protect the youth,” Michael tells 10News he saw something different.
“That’s just not true. They could not have reached where we were without having gone a significant distance next to naked people,” he said. “It was very uncomfortable thinking about what they were going through as well.”
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has a number of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
One ranger told NBC 7 that it’s very common to see youth groups hiking in the area, especially scouts who are working toward earning an outdoor badge.