Dozens of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts hailing from around Hawaii Island spent Friday and Saturday honing their skills and building friendships in Captain Cook.
Some 77 scouts belonging to seven Hawaii Island troops converged upon Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens for the overnight Camporee, said Terry Terada, Troop 15, Kealakekua, Scout Master and Boy Scouts of America, Hawaii Council, West Hawaii Activities chairman. He said it was also the first time an islandwide Camporee brought together various troops from Kona, Hilo, Hamakua and Kohala.
“It’s a good chance for the boys to get together and learn some different skills,” Terada said Saturday morning.
The two-day event featured various workshops and events, including a coqui frog hunt and camp fire on Friday night. Scouts traversed the garden searching for the frogs, before bagging them for removal. Troop 15, Kealakekua, collected the most coqui frogs from the garden at 10.
On Saturday, the Scouts spent the day perusing various hands-on workshops and classes as a means of introducing them to the various area of study in which merit badges a Scout can earn. Among the topics were geocaching, plant science, drug awareness, automotive maintenance and fire safety.