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Above: Located in the upscale Kauai community of Princeville, Queen’s Bath offers the relative safety of a swimming pool with the excite- ment of a saltwater swim. From a lava ledge (lower right), Scouts and Scouters can plunge into the pond while others swim, snorkel, or just relax on the rocks.


who rank Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail, the Kalalau Trail (on the Na Pali Coast), and the Canyon Trail that winds through Waimea Canyon, among the islands’ finest, Troop 315 chose to tackle all three. “The coast hike was more rugged than the swamp hike, and the heat was more intense,” said Hazard. “But though the Canyon Trail was easier than either of the others, it was probably the riskiest since you’re hiking on the edge of an 800-foot cliff.” So why would a troop that craved such


adventurous treks make its first stop at Pearl Harbor? Simple. The group wanted to see the memorial to the USS Arizona, the battleship sunk during Japan’s attack on Dec. 7, 1941,


TIPS FOR TROOP TRAVEL


fffLet boys develop options for destinations.


fffUse the expertise within your troop.


fffHave parents sign a commitment letter.


fffCall troops located wherever you’re going.


fffDelegate duties to parents of boys who are going and other leaders.


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fffSet up a monthly payment schedule and send reminders to boys and parents.


fffEstablish standards for monthly troop participation and money- earning activities.


fffSchedule regular meetings with parents.


fffMap out everything. fffSchedule free time.


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fffSeek advice from other troops who have taken the same trip.


fffPack light (limit: five changes of clothes in carry-ons).


fffCheck bulky items such as sleeping bags, pillows, snorkeling gear, etc., inside Army duffel bags.


fffStay flexible; plans will change.


and the World War II-era USS Missouri, where Japanese leaders officially surrendered almost four years later. In particular, committee member Bob


Sammarco, who made the trip with his son Jared, felt drawn to the sites by something other than just the significant roles each ship played in U.S. history. “My dad was stationed here when the attack took place, serving in the Navy. So the Arizona tour was very moving. It was good to see the exhibits and learn something about the war. It gave me and my son a connec- tion that otherwise we wouldn’t have had.” On the Missouri, Troop 315 met up with


the Aloha Council’s Troop 135, a group the Maryland unit had contacted for advice and assistance during its trip-planning process. The boys exchanged neckerchiefs, participated in flag ceremonies, and looked on as a new ensign received her commission. “Right after we raised the flag on the ship,


we could hear the National Anthem playing all over the naval station,” Scout Ross Alan Cole said. “If we hadn’t stayed overnight on the ship and raised the flag the next morning, we never would have experienced that. It was really neat to know that everyone was stop- ping and turning to face the flag and salute.” Just the sort of once-in-a-lifetime experi-


ence each one of these travelers had hoped Hawaii would offer. Though such high hopes


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