Port De­posit-area Scouts go on Florida Keys ad­ven­ture

Cecil Whig - - CECIL PEOPLE -

Boy Scout Troop 143 spon­sored by Hopewell United Methodist Church in Port De­posit re­cently com­pleted their long-planned High Ad­ven­ture Scout­ing trip to Boy Scout Sea Base at Mile Marker 23.8 in the Florida Keys. They spent a week, from July 18 to 34, at Big Mun­son Is­land af­ter row­ing 6 miles to get there.

The boys ar­rived and took a swim test, drew scuba gear and then rowed out in war ca­noes 6 miles to Big Mun­son Is­land where there was no fresh­wa­ter, no clocks or watches al­lowed, no elec­tric­ity and no cell­phones or any mod­ern con­ve­niences.

The Scouts had to carry in all their food and water through 4-foot surf for the week ad­ven­ture. While on the is­land, the boys went snor­kel­ing, con­ducted is­land tours of the key is­lands and the unique ecol­ogy, took a deep sea ocean fish­ing trip, night snorkeled, took a day trip to Looe Key and snorkeled on a world class reef, slept in ham­mocks, played var­i­ous games and held a cob­bler cookoff, swam, ca­noed through a man­grove swamp, shark fished, and gen­er­ally did is­land things for a week with no show­ers or fresh­wa­ter.

Among the an­i­mals they saw were the en­dan­gered Key deer, which fre­quented their sleep­ing area and at times even bumped into sleep­ing Scouts in ham­mocks try­ing to get to the fresh­wa­ter (there is none on the is­land), and also var­i­ous mar­itime sea birds, bar­racuda, snap­pers, and all sorts of reef fish, a few kinds of sharks, st­ingrays, tar­pon, sea tur­tles, black­fin tuna, and mahi mahi, which they cooked and ate one night for din­ner.

Scouts and lead­ers who par­tic­i­pated in­cluded (left to right) Paul “PJ” Ma­ca­tee, David Nolan, Eric Jor­dan, Ai­den House, Brian Page, Chris Sul­li­van, Zack Barr, Vladimir Hubbs, Dil­lon Nolan, Eric House, Ry­lan House, Kyle Gillis, James Page, Tay­lor House, Sean Nolan, and Ja­cob Ash­ley from Troop 143.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF DAVID NOLAN

The Scouts pose dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts pad­dle through a man­grove swamp by kayak dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts work on trust fall lessons dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts cut loose dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts go deep sea fish­ing dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts com­pete in a 6-mile row­ing com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts pose on a world record but­ton­wood tree dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

Scouts pose with a bar­racuda catch dur­ing their Florida Keys High Ad­ven­ture trip.

The Scouts wade ashore to Big Mun­son Is­land.

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