Editor’s Note: A day after this story aired on KOIN 6 News, the scouts got their trailer back. Assistant Scoutmaster David Chaney sent this note:
Just wanted to let you know that our trailer has been recovered. It does have some slight damage to the tongue and the Troop’s logos have been painted over. Some of the contents are missing but we won’t be able to take an accurate inventory until the rest of the Troop returns from Crater Lake. Thanks for your coverage!
The trailer was found at SE 24th and Franklin in Portland.
The original story is below.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Scouts trailer packed with gear was stolen from a driveway in Northeast Portland on the eve of a big trip.
Scout Troop 71 is heading to Crater Lake this week to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The trip will be a joint journey with Troop 571, which is a new troop of girls.
The groups met on Tuesday evening at Piedmont Presbyterian Church to pack up a trailer with gear and food for their trip.
“This is their first trip as a blended troop; this means both troops are going together — we kind of work side-by-side,” said Jenna Stephens, the assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 571.
After they finished packing, the troops locked the trailer and parked it in a Scoutmaster’s driveway near Northeast Garfield and Northeast Jarrett.
It was gone Wednesday morning along with the estimated $3,000-worth of camping gear and other equipment.
“I was in disbelief for a bit because it’s never been stolen before,” said Troop 71 member Jonas Gonsalves. “But what we did is you just have to deal with the cards you’re given and you just have to press on and try and find a solution.”
Dozens of Scouts and leaders plan to do just that and push ahead with their Crater Lake plans despite the loss.
“We’ve been scrambling since then, trying to figure out how we’re going to come up with equipment — a replacement trailer — so that the trip can still take place,” said Assistant Scout Master David Chaney.
Scout Troop 71 told KOIN 6 News another troop will lend them a trailer and equipment in time for the trip. But Chaney added that the timing couldn’t be worse.
“It’s sad, very sad,” Chaney said. “It’s, unfortunately, a sign of the times. It seems to me there’s an awful lot of theft going on and desperate people but at the same time it’s groups like ours that tend to have to suffer the consequences.”
Stephens said there has been an outpouring of support from the community.
“I know that we see Scouts are prepared and resilient and this is a true testament to these kids who have come together and be resourceful and figured out what gear we can take,” Stephens said.
The troops plan to leave early Thursday morning and spend 4 days at Crater Lake. Leaders said they will figure out how to replace the stolen trailer and its contents when they get back.
“We’ll still persevere,” 16-year-old Gonsalves said.
The trailer is black and is clearly marked on both sides with the Scout Troop 71 emblem.
If you know anything about the stolen trailer, please contact PPB Officer Anthony Eugeneo at 503.823.4106 and reference case number 19-250400.