PS BEAR SPRAY IS A JOKE Please its far more dangerous it just pisses the bear off more and if you have to be close enough to spray a bear your life might have just ended. Is it better than nothing? NO because it gives you a false sense of security. Ask people who live in the Alaska Wilderness about bear protection, it starts with choice of weapon, it ends with caliber size. When its kill or be killed you want more than a aerosol can on your side especially against a bear.
It’s idiotic and deadly to be in bear country without at BARE BEAR minimum a 45 handgun. Please note I said bare minimum, IMHO I feel upset and angry that these children were put in a highly dangerous situation, I understand the experience and independence is critical, but staying ALIVE and SAFE is way more valuable. Where were the adults whose job it was to shadow these kids just for this very reason? If you are sending children out into the WILDERNESS with no protection, there should be experienced adults making sure these children don't get harmed or worse killed! FOR SHAME!! I lived in bear country, I learned the hard and painful lesson of NOT paying attention to my surrounding and NOT having an appropriate weapon, I am thankful I was able to learn that lesson while alive. I now carry several weapons with me at ALL times.
If the bear spray was stored in there backpacks how would they ever get to it in time to spray a bear. I believe they should have had better accsess