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For months, hospitals in our area have been expecting the worst for the week of the boy scout's jamboree.

Two weeks ago emergency responders at Raleigh General were preparing for the worst. And now, five days into the jamboree, ER doctors said they're actually breathing easy.

"It's not nearly as bad as what we've expected but we're halfway through... there's still a lot of high risk activities to be done and a lot of changing weather so we're not going to back off of our intensity," said ER doctor Steve Nathanson.

Doctors said the worst injuries they've seen this week are wrist, arm and leg fractures.
While it's not as bad as they thought... managers commented they're not cutting down on any resources.

"We've made sure that our key resources have redundancies for the redundancies so we're three and four deep in service lines and staff that we feel like we're most going to need," said Trauma Program Manager Phillip Bolt.

A nurse at Raleigh General came up with the idea to give all the scouts that come into the emergency room a special patch and only 500 lucky scouts are going to get them.

"We hope it means something to them and our goal with that is we hope when they unfortunately come in with an injury to hopefully take their mind off of it and give them something they can take back and make their unfortunate event a little better," said Bolt.

Doctor Nathanson said they did come across a few surprises this week.

"It was really surprising when the first few boy scout assets came in with medical injuries or problems that were pretty severe but they weren't what we would expect from a boy scout jamboree but that's okay we're ready for all of it," said Nathanson.

All the hospital's staff were given special jamboree t-shirts on Friday as a thank-you for all their hard work.

Hospital officials said after the jamboree comes to a close they will release the total number of scouts that came through the emergency room.