LIHUE — Jordan Berg, Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Jamboree Troop 3433, had to change his plans, literally overnight, Sunday.
“I thought I was supposed to just enjoy the trip with the boys,” Berg said Monday at Lihue Airport. “But the person who was going to be in charge couldn’t get off work, so now I have to be in charge of the Scouts.”
Troop 3433 is at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, in West Virginia now through July 28, involving more than 40,000 Boy Scouts from around the world.
“We have 14 Scouts from Kauai from different troops,” Berg said.
The Kauai group, augmented by Scouts from the Big Island, joined Troop 3434 from Oahu in Los Angeles, and traveled to West Virginia. The Aloha Council Scouts joined Kauai leaders Lyle Tabata, Devi Berg and others at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
There were so many boys traveling from Kauai that the Troop was divided into two patrols designated by special sleeve patches — the Tiki and the Honu Patrols. Special patches were designed for the Hawaii contingents, using island imagery.
“Almost everything they have on their uniform is new and related to the Jamboree,” one parent said. “They just got back from camp and we had to strip down the uniform and get all the new patches secured for the Jamboree. And they needed two complete uniforms. That’s a lot of sewing!”
Even as the parent spoke, a Scout suffered a uniform mishap as the excited Scouts scuffled and broke his name plate.
“I used electrial tape to fix it,” said Destry Shibuya. “It’ll hold.”
The first Jamboree was held in 1937 when Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from 48 states brought wood that was used in the campfire enjoyed by the more than 27,200 Scouts who camped out on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since then, there have been 17 National Jamborees, the last one in 2013.
The Kauai Scouts traveling to National Jamboree 2017 include Colby Barth, Blaze Batoon, Kamalei Berg, Maceo Cantu, Luke De La Pena, Kaihehau Goo, Kai Koga, Kalen Konishi, Jaiden Ogata, Michael Perry, Destry Shibuya, Jonah Stein, Bryce Yoshida and Grant Yoshida.