Worcester area Boy Scouts sail the Sea of Abaco, Bahamas, just miss hurricane
Millbury, MA. August 13-23 – Sixteen Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders from Millbury, Douglas, and Holden gathered at 2:00AM at the Park and Ride on Route 20 in Millbury as they set off on the journey of a lifetime to the Bahamas to learn how to live and work aboard a sailing ship. The group flew from Boston Logan International Airport to Marsh Harbor, Bahamas where they would spend ten days at one of the Boy Scouts of America’s High Adventure base’s.
The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Activities include sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing, or a combination of all. The base has programs in the Florida Keys, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas.
“It was awesome. I never imagined Scouting would teach me to sail a boat.” Said Star Scout Ryan S. from Douglas. “It’s about getting them to experience new ways of life and to explore new boundaries.” Said Crew leader Peter Boll of Millbury. “My favorite part about leading these big trips is watching the boys be completely taken back by what they’re doing.”
The Sea Base was hit by Hurricane Irma on September 10, just 18 days after the groups return, where it sustained minimal damages to its properties. All programs were suspended until further notice. During the hurricanes and now during the cleanup, the BSA has offered Sea Base properties to government agencies, the Red Cross, and more as use as shelters, search and rescue staging grounds, and more.
Crew BA6-8W081617 was organized by Boy Scout leaders Peter Boll, Ryan Mercier, and Wayne Gasco of Millbury and sponsored by Millbury Boy Scout Troop 110. Chartered by the Millbury Baptist Church, Troop 110 is part of the Mohegan Council that has served the Worcester County area since 1911. The Boy Scouts of America serve 2.7 million youth members across the United States as one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations.
Interested in discovering your next adventure? Locate a unit near you at beascout.org.