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New City Scouts Head Out To Sea

A summer adventure the boy scouts of Troop 97 will always remember.

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On July 30th the boy scouts from Troop 97 New City went to sea onboard the schooner American Eagle out of Rockland, ME on a six-day adventure exploring the Penobscot Bay region. The American Eagle is a two masted wooden schooner built in 1930 and is captained by John Foss.

While at sea the boys had the opportunity to help crew this nationally landmarked tall ship.  Be it raising and furling the sails, swabbing decks, polishing brass, prepping meals in the galley, weighing the anchor, rowing the long boat, tying a baggwrinkle, walking the bow sprit, charting a course or taking the helm, all had a job to do.  The scouts adapted to life on the waves quickly and gathered enough memories to last a lifetime.

The trip was originally conceived by the boys as a fun and exciting way to learn the various knots required for advancement.  Scouts also had the opportunity to work towards several nautically themed merit badges such as rowing and oceanography. A yard sale was organized and returnable bottles and cans collected to help pay for the trip.

If you would like to learn more about Troop 97 and other trips like this, please contact us at info@troop97newcity.org or check us out at our website troop97newcity.org.

Kim Gifford September 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
What a great experience for those boy scouts!
Robin Traum (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Kim I agree. The photos really show what an amazing time they must have had. Robin
Dan Weisberg September 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Troop 97 and the entire Rockland District continue to provide a great scouting program for the young men of Rockland County. Thanks to the adult volunteers who make adventures like this possible.
Adrienne September 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
My son went on the trip and had an amazing experience and is looking forward to the next trip that the troop takes. Joining Troop 97 has been wonderful for not only my son and husband but for me as well. This is a well run Troop and my son is having the time of life as well as learning and making friends. Thanks to the adult leaders who went on this adventure and took care of all of the boys. Memories were made this summer on the Schooner.

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