In August, Troop 143 went to Sea Base, a high adventure camp in the Florida Keys. Scouts took part in the out island adventure, going out on Big Munson Island to live for four days. They arrived at the Sea Base camp Saturday, Aug. 10 around midday and the next day got up and canoed five and a half miles out to the island.
Scouts were not allowed to bring cell phones, watches or any electronics to the island because they lived on island time and there was no electricity, plumbing or any civilized technology. They did a lot of different activities such as exploring the island and learning about its habitat, lobstering with snorkel gear and nets and kayaking through the mangrove maze on the island. They also went deep-sea fishing where they caught various kinds of fish such as yellow snapper, barracuda and different species of sharks, as well as snorkeling on a reef where they saw all types of beautiful fish and underwater creatures. On their final day, they got up early and caught a beautiful sunrise before they made the five and a half mile trip back to Sea Base.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Troop 143 held its summer Court of Honor at the Hopewell United Methodist Church in Port Deposit. The Scouts who attended received the merit badges, rank badges and other awards they earned over the past few months. Alumni of the troop were also invited to attend the picnic. Plaques were awarded to the former Scoutmasters who have graciously dedicated their time and energy to leading the troop and supporting Scouting.
Troop 143, which meets most Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., is part of the Chester County Council, Octoraro District, and is sponsored by the Hopewell United Methodist Church. The troop is very active and welcomes new members. For more information go to http://troop143hopewell.org.
Written and submitted by Tyler Bounds and Alex Conrad.