"Scouting is different than in the United States because, here, you separate boys and girls, and we mix them," said Monse Rrath, 16. Rrath, who has been a Scout in Guatemala since she was 3 years old, said this is the first Jamboree she had been to in the United States, and she and her fellow troop members are excited to see more of the state.
"We were really excited to come because we started preparing like six months ago," she said. "We have really liked the experience here. The people have been really amazing to all of us."
Smith, whose children have participated in the Boy Scouts, said she wanted to leave each of the Guatemalan Scouts with a token from their visit to this year's Jamboree that would remind them of the Mountain State.
"Each area has a little patch that they take to the Jamboree and trade, so I gave each one of them a patch from the Buckskin Council," she said. "They can either trade it once they get to the Summit, or they can keep it as a souvenir."
Lane's daughters have been members of the Girl Scouts. For her, the idea of helping the troop was just something she felt compelled to do.
"I speak a little Spanish, and I like to practice whenever I have the opportunity, and willing ears," she said. "I had no [time] conflicts, and I really thought it would be a fun thing to do -- and it is."
The 2013 Scout Jamboree runs from Monday through July 24 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a 10,600-acre site that will also host the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 and will serve as the permanent venue for the Jamboree. For more information on this year's event, click here.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.