"Five scouts have been found safe and well after an overnight search in a forest in south-west Scotland.
The four boys and one girl were reported missing on Monday afternoon.
The last confirmed sighting had been at Clonfeckle Tower. The scouts, all aged 13, had been due to walk to Craigshields, north of Ae Forest.
They were reported to be equipped with adequate outdoor clothing and torches. They were found and brought to safety by police officers.
Scout Leader Dan McIntosh praised the actions of the group - from the Greater Manchester area - on realising they had lost their way.
"They looked again at the map, they found somewhere where they had walked past already where they knew they were near the road and they could find shelter," he said.
"They went back there and managed to sort themselves out, calm themselves down, think, plan and from there they were basically prepared to wait the night out and then move on.
"But they didn't have to, they saw the helicopter, went out to the road and signalled the helicopter."
He said they had acted "absolutely fantastically".
"You couldn't have asked them to do anything better than they did," he added.
"Everything they did was sensible and everything worked and that's what they were supposed to do.""