In April, BSA Troop 200 in Lebanon Borough sent a crew to the Florida Keys for a week of high adventure.
The five Scouts and two adult leaders went to Sea Base on Big Munson Island for an Out Island Adventure. Big Munson is part of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, which is one of four high adventure bases operated by the Boy Scouts of America. It is a remote 100+ acre island that is home to many different ecosystems.
The crew left Base Camp in Islamorada with their gear, including water, food, clothing, and gear into war canoes and paddled 5.5 miles out to the island. No cell phones, electronics or watches were allowed on the island so that the scouts and adults could live on island time. Everyone slept in hammocks and tents the entire week.
Throughout the week, the crews hiked and explored the island, fished, snorkeled, and kayaked through the mangroves. In the middle of the week, there was a day of deep-sea fishing out in the ocean proper where the scouts caught various types of fish including Yellow Tail Snapper, Grunts and Red Grouper.
“We’ve been planning and preparing this trip for a long time,” said Ryan Senger, Troop 200 Star Scout. “Catching, preparing and cooking the fish we ate really was a great way for us to put our knowledge and skills into the test.”
The Scouts also spent a day snorkeling at a reef where there were many beautiful fish and underwater creatures. At the end of the trip, the participants paddled back the 5.5 miles to Sea Base where they were treated to a luau dinner. On departure day, the Troop 200 crew spent time touring Key West before their flight home.
“Sea Base was a great experience,” said Ryan Walsh, Troop 200 Sea Base Crew leader. “It was my first time going on a high adventure trip and it is surely one that I will remember the rest of my life. The camaraderie, the chaos and the fun made the trip.”
In addition to Walsh and Senger, the crew consisted of Scouts Andrew Bozzi, Cameron Lutz and Justin Verlin; and Scoutmaster Jeff Lutz and assistant Scoutmaster Mike Marosy. The weeklong, high-adventure program, combined physical challenges with excitement and adventure was the second high-adventure trip the troop has gone on in the past year. Last July they sent two crews to Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico for two weeks.
Troop 200 is a high-adventure, boy-led troop dating back to 1955. The scouts meet on Monday evenings during the school year at Lebanon Reformed Church located in Lebanon Borough, NJ. For more information about the troop, follow BSA Troop 200 on Facebook, Troop 200 NJ on Instagram or reach out us at [email protected]
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