Carroll County Times

Scouts embrace adventure on trips

Boy Scouts pictured are, from left: back row -- Cortland Kimm, Jacob Linn, Glenn Kaufman, Al Barnes; front row -- Andrew Jones and AJ Linn.

Boy Scout Troop 582, based at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Windsor, sent a crew for a seven-day adventure to one of Boy Scouts of America's primitive-experience High Adventure Camps in Florida this summer. On Sept. 29, during the troop's Court of Honor, four of the Scouts from this crew were recognized for achieving the "Triple Crown Award" for attending three of the BSA High Adventure primitive experiences.
The Scouts receiving the award are: Al Barnes, Cortland Kimm, Andrew Jones and Glenn Kaufman.
Troop 582 has sent crews to several High Adventure Camps over the years. The others are the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., and the Charles L. Sommers National High Adventure Canoe Base near Ely, Minn.
Some members of this crew plan to attend the newest BSA High Adventure Camp, The Summit, in West Virginia, next summer.
The camp in Florida is just outside of Key West, on BSA's very own island, known as Big Munson. This 110-acre barrier island is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Florida Keys.
Big Munson Island is part of the Lower Keys Marine Sanctuary and the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge.
This year's adventure, which took place June 19-22, began when the crew was paired with a "mate" at Summerland Key Base Camp, where they spent the day receiving instructions, food provisions and snorkeling equipment for their trip to Big Munson.
The crew - consisting of Scouts Al Barnes, Andrew Jones, Cortland Kimm, Jacob Linn, AJ Linn and Glenn Kaufman and adult leaders Joy Kimm and Rebecca Linn - paddled 5.5 miles in a Polynesian war canoe out to Big Munson Island for their "Out Island Adventure."
On Big Munson Island, the Scouts were on "Island Time," with no watches allowed - just the sun and moon and stomachs telling time. They spent one day on and around the island exploring, kayaking through mangrove trees and shark fishing. One day was spent fishing in a powerboat in the waters off the Florida Keys, where they caught lots of fish which they cleaned and cooked for dinner. They also boated out to Looe Key for snorkeling along coral reefs, and then paddled at night under a full moon to Munson Rocks for some night snorkeling. They saw an eight-foot hammerhead shark, a full double rainbow and lots of Key deer.
The adventure concluded with an environmental cleanup project on the island, seafood luau and hermit crab race between the other crews on the island. The local Scouts' hermit crab, Big Red, won.