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Incline Village Boy Scouts venture to Florida sea base

Ted Parkhill
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Local Incline Village Boy Scouts Troop No. 37 recently attend the High Adventure Camp: Florida Sea Base. The Scouts get to sail around for a week in the Florida Keys on an 80-foot schooner.

The crew spent 7 days and nights on the schooner called the Grand Nelle. The crew learned all aspects of sailing this grand two masted ship while navigating to various dive and fishing locations along the Florida Keys.

The crew arrived on Oct. 3 on the tail of Hurricane Joaquin and took advantage of the remaining winds to start the adventure out with a good degree of sailing.

As the week progressed seas calmed and the crew enjoyed outstanding snorkeling and fishing. During separate snorkeling outings, the crew encountered a nurse shark, hammerhead shark, stingray and a goliath grouper, along with enjoying an enormous array of corals and coral marine life.

The crew joined the 100 Fathom club, swimming in water over 600 feet deep. The trip could not have been any better providing the crew an outstanding nautical adventure that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The trip was capped by a visit to a crocodile farm on the way back home where the crew saw the feeding of crocks and took a ride on an air boat.

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Troop 37 has a rich history of attending BSA High Adventure camps. In these high adventure camps, scouts spend 8 to 10 days on high adventure applying the skills they have learned in scouting over a long duration.

The three making up scouting's "triple crown" of high adventure are Florida Sea Base (Nautical), Philmont (Backpacking) and Northern Tier (Canoeing). The troop attended Philmont in 2014 and Northern Tier in 2013.

Three scouts and two adult leaders achieved scouting's triple crown in completing this Sea Base adventure. These include Paul Larson – Life Scout, Andrico Mourelatos – Life Scout, Conor Nix – Eagle Scout, Andy Larson -Assistant Scout Master, and Alex Mourelatos – Scout Master.

There were 16 crew members who attended, including one scout from Spanish Springs, Thomas Webb, who also attended the Troops High Adventure trek to Philmont last year.

Ted Parkhill is Publicity Chair for Troop 37 in Incline Village. For information on scouting at Lake Tahoe, email Troop 37 at info@bsatroop37.org. Learn more about BSA Troop 37 at http://www.bsatroop37.org.