Sea Base 2013

Crew 1346 will be sending one group to BSA's Sea Base Out Island Adventure in the Florida Keys Saturday, June 29 through Friday, July 5. A full crew of six youth and two adults has been formed. Expect the crew to depart on or about Thursday, June 27 for fun activities on the way to Sea Base. Your adult advisors for this trip are Mr. Casey and Mr. Mullarky. Mr. Casey is a Sea Base veteran and says you better be prepared for an awesome time!

Mr. Mullarky has sent 3 emails to our Sea Base Crew to help them prepare for their adventure. Our Crew consists of Brendan C, Colin D, Jeremy H, Dylan M, Jonathan M and Michael M. Our Crew will be participating in the Out Island Adventure located in the Florida Keys at mile marker 23.8 at the Brinton Environmental Center on Summerland Key.  You should each have recieved your Participant's Guide which provides details about Sea Base, planning and gear requirements.   You can read more at http://www.bsaseabase.org/Adventures.aspx.

Itinerary

Below is your flight itinerary for travel to/from Sea Base.  The Crew will depart Reagan National Airport on Thursday, 27 June and fly to Ft Lauderdale Florida. You will stay in Ft Lauderdale Thursday and Friday nights (and do activities in that area those days) and up early Saturday morning for the 3-1/2 hour drive to Sea Base.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

  • 12:10 PM DEPART Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) on U.S. Airways Flight 990
  • 1:34 PM   ARRIVE Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • 2:35 PM   DEPART Charlotte on U.S. Airways Flight 1683
  • 4:29 PM   ARRIVE Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Thursday, June 27 - Saturday, June 29: Activities to be determined; check-in at Sea Base on June 29

Friday, July 5, 2013
  • 2:55 PM  DEPART Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on U.S. Airways Flight 1682
  • 4:59 PM  ARRIVE Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • 6:00 PM  DEPART Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on U.S. Airways Flight 1764
  • 7:16 PM  ARRIVE Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA)

General Info

After checking in at the Brinton Environmental Center on the first day the Crew will have a swim review (separate from the swim test we will conduct prior to going to Sea Base).  On the second day they will travel by Polynesian war canoe to Big Munson Island (about 5 miles over water so lots of paddling will be required - or not so much for our Northern Tier veterans).  The Crew will spend 3 days on Big Munson Island.  One day will be spent snorkeling, kayaking and shark fishing as some of the activities. The Crew will also spend a day in a power boat, fishing.  The last day will be spent snorkeling  and working on an environmental project.  You can read about this and more in the Participant's Guide mentioned above.

It's currently a sunny 80 degrees at Sea Base.  The temperatures vary between 80 degs F to 95 degs F with high humidity and light breezes, and afternoon rain squalls.  The water temperature averages 84 degs F in the summer.  So, full wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen will be required.  Other gear is listed in the Participant's Guide.

Things to start preparing for:

  1. You will need a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record physical within one calendar year of the date we arrive at Sea Base.
  2. A copy of your current medical insurance card (front and back).
  3. BSA swim test (we will do as a group in the spring time).
  4. A 3 day Florida fishing license for Scouts 16 and older ($17 per person plus a fee of $2.31 plus 2.5% for ordering over the internet - total of $19.80 if I did the math correctly).  Sea Base has all fishing taking place during a 3 day period so that only a 3 day license is required.  More about this in a future e-mail.

Crew Uniform and T-Shirts (T-Shirts have been ordered!)

Everyone should have an official, "formal" green Crew Polo shirt, which will be worn with khaki pants or shorts (with belt). This is our "Class A" uniform  If not (or you have outgrown yours) let Mr. Mullarky or Mr. Brese know and we will order you one (~$45).  Now we need to decide on our Sea Base Crew "Class B" outfit. The attached Sea Base T-Shirts file provides the options for a Sea based themed performance T-shirt for only about $25.   You have now voted for your preferred design and color choice and they are on order! 

Activities on the Way to Sea Base

See the above section for the travel itinerary as it stands today, but here are some activity suggestions: 

  1. Tour of Everglades in an airboat.  See the everglades, alligators and travel over saw grass in the U.S.'s largest river (yes, the Everglades is a river).  Although the state of Florida recently started paying for the longest python captured in the everglades and  the most python heads turned in we will not be participating in that contest if we go to the Everglades. Costs for airboat rides is ~$25-$50 per person (depending on length of ride).
  2. Deep Sea fishing - Catch 40 lb Wahoo and Sailfish!  Cost ~$40 per person.
  3. Kayak tour through Biscayne Bay - Tour scenic Biscayne Bay in a tandem kayak.  Kayak through mangrove trails and then into the crystal clear waters of Biscayne Bay or bike through more than 16 miles of mountain bike trails available at the park.  Paddlers may spot Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins, manatees, stingrays, great blue herons, egrets, ospreys, raccoons, tarpon, and many jumping fish.  Cost ~$25 per person for 3 hours.
  4. Fern Forrest Nature Center - This 247.1-acre Designated Urban Wilderness Area takes its name from the abundance of ferns (more than 30 species) found on the property. It was this botanical richness that attracted the interest of scientists from Florida Atlantic University and Broward Community College (now Broward College), who in 1979 published an article called "A Tropical Fern Grotto in Broward County, Florida" in the American Fern Journal. "Vegetation in the area is complex, with swamp forest, hammocks, pinelands, and fallow fields," noted the article. The researchers indicated that they had discovered "over 200 species of plants, and the list grows with each visit," and characterized the site as "the last remaining stronghold of ferns in southeastern Florida." In fact, 10 plant communities have been identified within the nature center, making it one of the finest examples of preserved native plant communities in South Florida.
  5. Cable Skiing - Of the 79 cable parks around the world, Ski Rixen is the only operating wakeboard and water ski park in South Florida. We are located in Quiet Waters Park, right in the heart of Deerfield Beach, Florida. We're not restricted to wakeboarding and water skiing - people of all ages can slalom, trick ski, kneeboard, wake board and even surf without a wave. Costs ~$50 per person for an all-day pass.  DISCLAIMER NOTE - WE NEED TO CHECK TO SEE IF THIS IS AN OKAY SPORT FOR SCOUTS TO PARTICIPATE IN.

These are some of the activities we can participate in prior to heading from Ft Lauderdale to Sea Base.  If one of the Scouts would like to take the lead and look at other activities to do feel free to do so.  There are numerous other things to do in the area just do not look into casinos, dog tracks or Jai Alai as one of the activities. Action:  Looking for a volunteer to research other activities we may want to do the two or three days we're in Ft Lauderdale before arriving at Sea Base. 

Training

Each participant is required to complete the following training for Sea Base.  This training is online and can be completed in an hour.  Please print out the certificate and provide to Mr. Mullarky when completed. Although the requirement is for at least one adult in the group to have the training we are asking ALL Sea Base participants to have the training as we have extensive on-the-water activities and this will help ensure we stay safe.  There will be additional training required for the adults that I will send separately to the adults.

1. Safe Swim Defense. Online training at www.myscouting.org

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. It is strongly recommended all leaders be trained. Training is the same for Boy Scouts and Venturing and is good for two years.

2. Safety Afloat. Online training at www.myscouting.org

Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. Before a BSA group may engage in an excursion, expedition, or trip on the water (canoe, raft, sailboat, motorboat, rowboat, tube, or other craft), adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat Training, have a commitment card with them, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat. It is strongly recommended all leaders be trained. Training is the same for Boy Scouts and Venturing and is good for two years.

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