Troop 3 Scouts on an adventure on the high seas
August 11, 2021
DERBY – Members of the Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby and their leaders set sail on Friday (August 6) for an educational adventure on the high seas.
According to Boy Scout Leader Randy Ritter, 10 Boy Scouts and four leaders from Troop 3 left Friday at 5 a.m. for a 10-day trip to Florida, where they will sail, snorkel and fish on two 40-inch sailboats. feet in the Florida Keys.
Adventure, which offers much more than fun in the sun, is part of the National Boy Scouts of American Sea Base High Adventure Program, and aims to “build character, foster citizenship and develop physical, mental and emotional fitness” , according to the mission statement of the program.
“The trip is a team building exercise because everyone has to work together,” Ritter said via email just before he and the scouts left. “The scouts (participants) are some of our junior leaders who will be leading the troop for the coming year, so it will be great to get them to work together.”
Ritter said the scouts will learn important skills by following orders from the ship’s captain as they raise sails, clean decks, snorkel and cook meals (which they catch) together. They will also learn to navigate, read a chart, discover the parts of a ship, integrate teamwork when raising and lowering the sails and take turns “keeping watch at anchor” throughout. of the night to ensure that the anchor does not slip.
Boy Scout Logan Bottone, 14, a resident of Derby, said he looked forward to his time on the high seas, especially catching and cooking his dinner.
“I can’t wait to fish for barracuda,” Logan said via email.
For Ritter, this is his fourth trip with the Scouts of Troop 3. He is thrilled the Boy Scouts are on the adventure of a lifetime. The Scouts originally planned to venture to Derby, England this summer, but the trip was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions with international travel. Each Scout raised $ 2,000 through various fundraising activities to finance the trip. Ritter said the sailing trip is by far a favorite among Boy Scouts who have already left.
“I hope that the team spirit between the scouts will help them prepare for the year of scouting ahead,” said Ritter. “I’m also sure they’ll enjoy waking up at sunrise, sleeping on the deck of the sailboat, and watching the sun go down at night. That and their snorkeling experiences are memories they’ve never had. will not soon forget. “
Along with Ritter and the Scouts, Troop 3 Committee Chairman Rob Kluk and Deputy Scout Leaders Dominic Livoti, Jr and Johnny Camoli are on board for the adventure.
3 Derby Troop is one of the oldest and most active Scouting troops in the United States, founded at the 2nd Congregational Church in 1914, just four years after Scouting arrived in America. Weekly troop meetings will resume on September 8. Young people aged 11 and over are welcome. For more information, contact Ritter at [email protected]
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