Boy Scouts from Troop 1571 in Poulsbo, Wash., present the flag during the singing of the national anthem before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren / AP)

A somber memorial held this week for three Boy Scouts killed in a summer 2017 boating accident in Texas served as a reminder that even the best prepared troopers are susceptible to danger.

On Wednesday, a prayer garden was dedicated to three scouts aged 18, 16 and 11, a year after their sailboat ran into a power line 50 miles east of Dallas. More than 80 fellow scouts and friends of the victims paid their respect.

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Since 2015, nearly a dozen active scouts have reportedly been killed in accidents including drowning, heat stroke, electrocutions and natural disasters like falling trees. The Boy Scouts of America declined the Daily News’ request for a fatality count and wouldn’t say if a formal list exists.

One such tragedy hit close to home earlier this month when a drunk driver plowed through a hiking expedition in Long Island, leaving one boy dead.

According to personal injury attorney and former Scoutmaster Marc Miner, there are inherent risks for adventure seekers.

“When you’re going out you assume there are things that could happen,” said Miner. The Nassau County resident spent 15 years as a Cub Scout leader and a Boy Scout scout master. His two sons are Eagle Scouts.

“If you’re playing basketball or a certain sport you accept certain risks as part of the sport. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you could (still) sprain your ankle, you could get hit in the head with a ball, someone could hip-check you,” Miner explained. “If there’s a pothole that shouldn’t be there, that’s not part of the game. If the rim comes down on your head, that shouldn’t happen.”

Miner, a 53-year-old partner in the Times Square law firm of Zalman, Schurman & Miner P.C., says the same rules apply to the wilderness.

“The same goes for scouting… when you go canoeing, you accept the risk associated with that,” he said. “Your canoe may flip over, so you wear a life vest. If the kids are rough housing and throwing things at each other and someone gets hurt, somebody is going to be at fault for that.”

There have been at least seven Boy Scout tragedies in recent years.

Earlier this month, a 12-year-old Michigan boy was buried alive under a sand dune through which he’d been tunneling. He was found by fellow scouts half an hour later and couldn’t be saved.

On July 31, a 16-year-old scout in Acadia died on a canoe trip. Officials reportedly said the boy had “an unspecified medical condition,” though they couldn’t confirm that contributed to his collapse.

In June, a 14-year-old scout at Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in northern Georgia was killed when a 50 mile an hour wind snapped a tree that landed on his tent.

A Boy Scout hut sign offers free food and water after Hurricane Florence hit the Newport N.C., area on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.
A Boy Scout hut sign offers free food and water after Hurricane Florence hit the Newport N.C., area on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Tom Copeland / AP)

John Comita of West Texas filed a wrongful death suit against the Boy Scouts of America after his 15-year old son Reid died on a hike in 100 degree weather that June.

“The Boy Scouts of America are responsible for my son’s death,” John Comita told ABC News after filing the suit. Comita claims his son wasn’t physically capable of enduring such a grueling workout.

In July 2016, a 13-year old boy and a 29-year old volunteer were killed when strong winds caused a tree to fall into their camp.

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Four scouts were swept away during a flash flood in New Mexico following a 70 mile hike in 2015. Three of the boys survived, but 13-year-old Alden Brock wasn’t so fortunate.

According to Miner, his troopers had the occasional “scrapes and bruises” during outings, but that was the extent of the injuries he saw.

“Scouting is designed to push kids out of their comfort zone and that results in their learning and becoming leaders,” he said. “There’s more risk involved in scouting than in sitting on your couch and playing video games. The rewards are worth the risks.”

The Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, claims 2.3 million members. A rep for the organization concedes accidents happen, but said the organization does what it can to limit them.

“Safety is integral to everything we do, and the BSA places great importance on planning, prevention and preparedness to create the most secure environment possible for participants,” according to a Boy Scouts of America rep. “While rare, emergencies can occur. Whenever there is such an accident, we review the information to gain knowledge that can help prevent similar occurrences in the future.”

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