WARWICK – Local boy scouts got a taste of fame at a screening of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” at Showcase Cinema in Warwick Thursday night.
Excited shrieks echoed through the theater as the scouts saw themselves on the big screen.
“It was fun, it was a different experience,” said Noah Morin, 14, a local boy scout. “We had to wear really short shorts and get haircuts.”
The movie, set in 1965, stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. It chronicles the misadventures of “Khaki Scouts” and a young runaway couple in a fictional New England town.
Filmed entirely in Rhode Island, hundreds of scouts like Noah served as extras in scenes shot at Camp Yawgoog, the third oldest Boy Scout camp in the country, located in Rockville, R.I.
“I was the one on the zip line!” Noah added, describing one of the scenes he was in.
The audience, which consisted of boy scouts, their scout masters and families, was excited throughout the film, as they recalled the fun they had filming, as well as the more challenging aspects of Hollywood life.
“They started with the rain scene,” said Rick Copp, Scout Master for Troop 101 Foster. “They were wet for eight hours but they didn’t complain, even though they were drenched and cold.”
The scene Copp is referring to depicts a hurricane that devastates the fictional town and shows hundreds of scouts standing in the pouring rain.
“They also had to film the marching scene about 500 times, but I think they had a good time doing it,” Copp said.
It’s clear that the scouts are excited about their involvement in the film, in fact in one scene when the scouts are marching through the camp, one of the extras can be seen smiling and waving at the camera.
Representatives of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, were also excited to see Camp Yawgoog, though named differently in the film, featured in a prominent movie.
“It’s exciting to see many locations at Yawgoog in such an acclaimed film,” John H. Mosby, scout executive of the Narragansett Council said in a statement. “We are very proud of Camp Yawgoog, its strong history and the number of scouts that participate t camp and programs there throughout the year.”
Boy Scout troops at the screening and in the movie included: Troop 1 Kingston, Troop 10 Glocester, Troop 5 North Kingstown, Troop 44 Matunuck, Troop 49 Lincoln, Troop 138 West Kingston, Troop 11 Harmony, Troop 35 West Greenwich, Troop 66 Garden City, Troop 6 Cranston and Troop 101 Foster.
The film also includes a dedication to former Narragansett Council Scout Executive Dave Anderson, who passed away in 2011 after a brief battle with cancer. Anderson was responsible for coordinating the filming at Camp Yawgoog and the inclusion of local scouts.
Marc Cardin, Narragansett Council director of support services introduced the film and said the scouts who participated earned a cinematography merit badge. He also added that those actors who weren’t Boy Scouts went through a Boy Scout boot camp to help better portray their role as “Khaki Scouts.”
In addition to earning their badges the scouts came away with great memories, new friendships and the about $100 they each received for their roles as extras.
“For those scouts involved as extras in the filming of ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ this experience was one they will remember for years to come,” Mosby said.