BRIDGEPORT — There were cheers, hugs and a few tears as Boy Scouts from Fairfield and New Haven counties gathered at the Webster Bank Arena lot Sunday morning to depart for the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

The Connecticut Yankee Council contingent — split into six troops and decked out in specialized PEZ candy patches, hats and neckerchiefs — loaded onto six buses for the first leg of their trip south. The Scouts will spend all day Monday at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania.

Some 30,000 Scouts, leaders and staffers are expected at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia for the 2017 Jamboree.