In August, Troop 143, along with Matthew Hayden and I from Troop 28, went to Sea Base, a high adventure camp in the Florida Keys. We took part in the out island adventure, where we went out on Big Munson Island to reside there for four days. In the process, I was made to lead a crew of three others (comprising of Matthew, and two members of Troop 143). We arrived at the Sea Base camp on the tenth of August around midday, and were made to row five and a half miles to the island in Polynesian war-canoes. Halfway through the row, on account of poor weather, we had to row back to shore and ship out to the island on a catamaran in the canoes’ stead. On the island, we were not allowed to bring cell phones, watches or any electronics, due to our experiencing a concept entitled “island time,” which entails losing one’s sense of the twenty-four hour cycle. There was no electricity, plumbing or any civilized technology (unless a hole filled with compost surrounded by a wooden structure is “civilized”).
We undertook a myriad of different activities, such as exploring the island and learning about its habitat, lobstering with snorkel gear and nets, and kayaking through a natural maze of highly dense red mangroves. We also went deep-sea fishing, where we caught various different kinds of fish such as yellow snapper, barracuda, different species of sharks, and (in my crew’s case) very impressive mahi-mahi (which ended up feeding the entire troop). Near the end of the trip’s due course we snorkeled on the site of a sizable reef, which housed copious amounts of parrotfish and yellow-fin. Upon our departure date, we shipped our food supplies back on skiffs, and were able to row the full five and a half miles to the Sea Base facilities (which my crew utilized a makeshift sail comprised of a hammock, a Polynesian war-canoe crossbeam, and a dead tree limb). We partook in luau-type festivities and a seafood meal before collapsing into unconsciousness upon the bunk beds to awake to our departure.