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    Triple Crown Award

    I agree that the High Adventure trips can be costly. One thing my son did to keep the costs down was that, for Northern Tier and Philmont, he went as part of an OA Trail Crew. It's a lot cheaper, plus he did some good hard work while he was there. I've been recommending trail crews as a less expensive alternative and a good experience to everyone in our troop.
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    Triple Crown Award

    Thank you for the information. The Triple Crown, besides being good-looking, did inspire my son to reach beyond his normal activities and exert himself, so I think it served a very good purpose. Here's hoping it does the same for other scouts for years to come.
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    Triple Crown Award

    Hello all - a couple of years back, my son earned the Triple Crown patch for attending all three of the BSA's High Adventures (Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base). Today it hit me that there are now four High Adventures, with Summit being added. What happens to the Triple Crown now? It was such an awesome patch and he was so happy earning it.
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    Arrow Corps 5

    Sorry for the long delay; I don't get to surf the net very often. My son is attending Jamboree as a youth staffer with one of the subcamps. I gather that he'll be a gofer, doing whatever is needed that day. (He started out as a third assistant but when the council folded some troops for lack of participants, he was able to switch over.) He's a guy who is more comfortable following the rules than not; he knows he cannot trade with anyone under 18 years old. Are there any other rules or customs he should be aware of? Thanks Skeptic. I'm surprised that there isn't a specific forum for discussions about the National Jamboree. Does that mean no one has questions? (ha-ha)
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    Arrow Corps 5

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm a mom who is not well versed in patch etiquette. First, some background. My son went to the last Jamboree, had a terrific time, and enjoyed trading patches with other Scouts. In 2008, he was on track to go to the big Arrow Corps 5 service project at the national parks, so I purchased sets of their patches for him. Then came the tornado at Little Sioux in Iowa, and he ended up missing Arrow Corps in order to visit the president with the rest of the scouts from Little Sioux. My question is whether he could take the Arrow Corps 5 patches with him to trade at this summer's Jamboree? Since he didn't "earn" them, they have no sentimental value for him. If it would be wrong to trade them, is there a better use for them? Complicating matters is the fact that, although he is still in high school, he has turned eighteen, so he is technically an adult as far as patch training is concerned, I believe. He is attending the Jamboree as a youth staff member. Any advice that you wise sages could give us will be appreciated. Thank you.
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    Seabase - Big Munson Island

    Now that I've been to SeaBase and back, I've got the answers to my questions. It turned out that we were scheduled for the Keys Adventure (not the week-long Munson one), and we had a terrific time. I understand better that there's no set schedule of activities, because the staff have to consider weather and ship availability each day. Our week (day by day)ran like this: arrive, swim check, history and nature lessons; snorkeling and kayak instruction and visit to Key West; sailing and snorkeling on Munson Rocks; fishing and camping on Munson; kayaking in mangroves, exploring, and returning to base; snorkeling Looe Key, relaxing at Bahai Honda state park, and luau at Brinton; returned home. Lots of great memories. The yellow-tail snappers we caught and ate for supper on Munson were one of the best meals I've ever had. The SeaBase staff were very helpful and their enjoyment was contagious. Things I would have changed if I had known: Two towels are suggested; I brought a bath towel and a larger beach towel. Should have just brought two bath towels. The Skin-So-Soft for dealing with the biting bugs on Munson is a livesaver and not to be neglected for any reason. Besides swimming, I practiced getting myself out of the water on the side of the pool many times. However, the smooth plastic dock that SeaBase uses is about four to five inches taller than the side of the pool, and much more slippery. It was tough to do, until one of our scouts showed me the trick of submerging first, and then launching yourself up out of the water. The fellows are already talking about going back again. It was great. My thanks to everyone for their advice and encouragement.
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    Seabase - Big Munson Island

    So, anything interesting to report from the folks who have gone to Seabase this summer so far?
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    Seabase Keys Adventure

    My son and I got our prescription snorkeling masks at a local scuba shop and I'm so thrilled - it's the first time I've been able to see while swimming since about second grade. I'm glad we've got time to practice with them, since there is a bit of a claustrophobic feel to wearing them. My hope is when we get to Florida we'll be able to jump right in and enjoy the sights without much adjustment. The boys were excited to hear about the mangrove maze (thanks Eagle90!) and have a few more questions of their own now. What is the swim test like? We've heard 75m front crawl, 50m on back, and 25m on side, with 5 min each for dead man float and tread water. One boy asked about the meals (naturally) - are we cooking? What do we typically get to eat? Do we wear life jackets a lot? We arrive in Fort Lauderdale the day before our adventure starts, so we're planning to drive down a bit and stay somewhere betweent the two places, doing some sight-seeing. Hope all your summer adventures are coming along successfully! Thanks again.
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    Seabase Keys Adventure

    Thanks for the answers, everyone; your enthusiasm is helping me. Eagle90, the boys tell me that they're most interested in the kayaking part of the adventure. Do you spend many days kayaking? Can you request more time? Are they one or two-man kayaks, open or closed? And do you go in the ocean, inland, or both? (I'm hoping for two-man kayaks at least some of the time, so my son can paddle me around.) Thanks again!
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    Seabase Keys Adventure

    Hope everyone is having a good end of school time, and getting ready for summer. I will be going on my first high adventure with the scouts, doing the Seabase Keys Adventure. As far as I understand it, we sleep indoors all but one night, and sample a wide variety of Seabase activities. There's always a few questions though, and if you can help me with some or all of them, I would be very grateful. I'm very near-sighted (can hardly see without glasses) and don't wear contacts. To get the most out of snorkeling, is there some kind of prescription mask or goggles one can get? I'm exercising for arm-strength for kayaking, but will we do any backpack hiking as well? As a group, should we get matching "fun" shirts as well as the scout uniform ones? Will we sail on any of the larger ships? Anything else you can tell me would be a big help. FYI, I will be the only mom in this group; any special challenges in that?
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    Seabase - Big Munson Island

    Our troop is putting together a high adventure trip to Seabase. We have sent groups twice before, on the Tall Ship program where you go way out, and live on the boat. This time, however, we have three scouts who are not keen on deep ocean waters. They are more interested in the Out Island program, where you take canoes to Big Munson Island and stay there for a week. One of our adults heard, from someone who did this program, that it was boring and that you ran out of stuff to do quickly. That's only one data point, and not enough to go on. Can anyone in Scouter Network confirm this or tell me otherwise? Thanks in advance for your help.
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