W’ville Scouts Go to Sea Base
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Fifteen boy scouts from Washingtonville troops 316 and 416 spent nine days at the Boy Scouts of America’s Sea Base in Florida where they snorkeled, fished, swam, and helped sail the 40 foot boat, which they slept in for the entire stay.
Sea Base is a scouting program which began in the 1970s in the Florida Keys and has grown to include the completely raw and undeveloped Big Munson Island, where many rough adventures take place which test the skills of the scouts, as well as bases in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Croix. Since the early 2000s it also includes the Brinton Environmental Center, to get scouts exposed to aquatic and oceanic sciences. Snorkeling was done within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, along with fishing, navigation, and astronomy.
The week ended with a Conch Luau at Camp Sawyer on Scout Key.
CAPTION 1: The boys and troop leaders in their uniforms at Sea Base. (Photos provided)
CAPTION 2: The boys at the Conch Luau at the end of their stay.