Adonai Troop 111 Elk River Minesota
28 June 2014 | marsh Harbor, Abaco Bahamas
The cream of the crop Troop 111, Elks River, Minnesota holds true ! The scouts groups will never cease to amaze you with eight eagle scouts and two more on the way in this group of twenty excellent young men and fine leaders. Sea Base in the Bahamas is one of the many adventure trips available to the Boy Scouts of America.This beautiful Bahama adventure of sailing and exploring the Sea of Abaco has been the favorite. While aboard Adonai a 56 foot catamaran with Captain Ted and self appointed Admiral Gail the scouts learn to sail and operate the vessel which in turn builds on the scouts leadership skills, on their abilities to function as a team, and often challenging them on an individual level taking them deeper within to go beyond and experience personal victories in their lives. Daily activities include meal preparation with clean up, swabbing the decks and the favorite duty of cleaning the head! The scouts learn to raise the sails, navigate and drop anchor while exploring the Sea of Abaco. Excitement is found searching for the Bahamas delicious fresh conch making for a well anticipated evening appetizer. Adonai stops at beautiful palm filled Tahiti Beach for a time of play and relaxation before we move closer to Hope town with her towering light house built in 1863 which is still functioning today . The red and white striped landmark is fueled by kerosene and can be seen for 20 miles by a rotating glass fresnel lens marking the entrance to Hope Town. Exploration is by land and sea snorkeling on Fowl Cay the clear Bahamas waters open up the undersea world of soft corals and colorful tropical reef dwellers large and small to the scouts. Soon we arrive Treasure Cay, gratitude runs high as the simple pleasure of a hot shower is available for all. In the morning diving into a giant hot cinnamon bun at Cafe Florence which by the way has been voted best buns in the Bahama islands by Adonai. Cafe Florence owner and operator are Florence and Forty their smiling hospitality is embraced even greater than their cinnamon buns. Continuing to sail on and explore the breath taking sugar white sands of North Guana and brilliant shimmering water gives another perspective of the Bahamas. This week the seas were calm off of Man O Way Cay making it possible to explore civil war reef wreck of the Adirondack which crashed into the reef one year prior to the building of Hope Town Light House, looks like another light house may have been a help. Exposed on the sea floor are multiple cannons giving your mind to wonder of the mystery left behind over 150 years ago. Getting back under way with lines out the reel screams whining hit by a barracuda giving a good fight a certain scout delight. The day comes to a close anchor buried in the sand sunsetting on the horizon shark fishing a defiant adrenaline rush as the line spins out of control with what looks like a fin coming towards the boat and thats all she wrote because the big one got away twice!. Adonai part of Bahamas Sea Base High Adventure fleet carries her well tuned group of twenty back into Marsh Harbor for final clean up and their departure back home. Often this is a first time experience of the sea for the scouts, many traveling thousands of miles. It is an adventure for sure one that will be remembered for years to come. Our scouts represent our country and also the next generation. Troop 111 you leave behind a super positive impression, keep God in your heart and keep doing great things it was a pleasure to have you aboard. Minnesota thank you for raising up these strong young American men, job well done! We wonder who is coming next! California I hear! Here you come!