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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out at our website troop97newcity.org.