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Boy Scout Troop 211 crews take week-long adventure trip at Florida Keys Sea Base

posted Aug 30, 2008, 9:20 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856   [ updated Aug 30, 2008, 9:43 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856 ]
Scouts Jason Turner and mate Marian Kiernan, Pahl Pappas, Bret Galloway, Dylan Turner, Austin Brewer, Troy Pelish, Matt Crush, Mark Fralin Sr., Mark Fralin, Josh Armour, Joseph McDaniel, Kenyon Gladu, Gilbert, Armour, Steve Pappas, John Lindner
Two crews from Daleville Boy Scout Troop 211 began the summer by embarking on a week-long high adventure trip to the Florida Sea Base Brinton Environmental Center in the Florida Keys.

Eight Scouts and their leaders began with an overnight stay in Key Largo before continuing to Sea Base which is located 24 miles north of Key West. A stop in Islamorada allowed the Scouts to tour Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat, Pilar, before continuing on to Summerland Key and then to Sea Base where they took swim tests and were issued dive gear.

Since its inception, scouting adventures have focused on exploring and appreciating the wilderness. The Brinton Environmental Center provides an opportunity to explore a completely different type of wilderness–the underwater wilderness. This underwater classroom exposed the Scouts to hundreds of different types of fish and other marine life.

While at Sea Base the Scouts were involved with a service project in which they helped clean the National Conservatory on Big Pine Key.

Another activity during the week included a trip to Old Key West, where the Scouts viewed the most southern point of the United States and spent time in the aquarium where they found a demonstration on nurse sharks particularly informative. Most evenings were filled with activities such as volleyball, night snorkeling and a taste of the island cuisine.

The Troop 211 crews also spent an exciting day of deep sea fishing where they reeled in 25 dolphin fish and three black fin tuna which provided a delicious meal as they camped on the 100-acre uninhabited Big Munson Island. This island serves as a home for the endangered Key deer. Time spent on the island included team building activities, hermit crab races, kayaking through the red mangroves and exploring the flora and fauna of the island, such as the elusive vaca raccoon.

The Sea Base adventure ended with a day of blue water sailing in which each Scout was checked out as a sailing skipper and a then a luau to celebrate a successful week.