DeKALB - What does a nuclear-powered submarine, a rocky mountaintop, the island of Manhattan, a humpback whale and a World War II navy destroyer all have in common? They were all part of Boy Scout Troop 33's recent adventure tour.
A group of Scouts and leaders from DeKalb's Troop 33 recently returned from an adventure-filled tour of the northeastern region of the United States. Scouts toured New York City, spending only $6 for an unlimited subway pass besides buying lunch and dinner. What can you see in New York City on the cheap? Scouts took the free Staten Island Ferry to downtown New York City.
The Scouts navigated the subway, zigzagging their way across the very core of the "Big Apple.” They toured/visited/saw: Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, National Museum of the American Indian, Wall Street and its bronze bull, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, the Statue of Liberty and explored Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue, while also moving their feet to the beat of 42nd Street and onto the world-famous Broadway. They continued by touring St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and St. John the Divine Cathedral plus Grand Central Station and finally the great multitudes of pulsating lights in Times Square. That was all in a single day, a VERY LONG, SINGLE DAY.
Troop 33 camped in tents at Pouch Scout Reservation on Staten Island while touring New York City. Scouts toured the nuclear submarine "Nautilus” and the U.S. Submarine Force Library and Museum at New London Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut.
In Rhode Island, they toured the Navy War College Museum at Newport Naval Station and viewed the many grand and elegant mansions of Newport. They camped at Fishermen Memorial State Park.
Next was picturesque Cape Cod. Scouts climbed to the top of the Pilgrim Monument and visited the Pilgrim Museum. While exploring Providencetown, they enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner on the wharf. Scouts passed through numerous small New England towns and enjoyed the sand and surf of the Atlantic beach at Falmouth, Mass.
Boarding a ferry, they ventured out into the ocean to enjoy a visit to the island of Martha's Vineyard. While exploring Martha's Vineyard, they encountered an exotic Brazilian restaurant where they enjoyed a meal.
They camped on the Cape Cod mainland at Nickerson State Park.
In Boston, they toured the historic Charlestown Naval Yard where they toured the famous tall ship U.S.S. Constitution aka Old Ironsides” and the U.S.S. Cassin Young, a World War II destroyer. Also anchored nearby in the harbor was an active naval vessel from Greece with armed Greek sailors onboard protecting the ship. Scouts waved to them and called out "Oompa!” The Greek sailors laughed and waved back. Scouts also saw the Bunker Hill Monument (which was closed for restoration).
Their time in Maine included a tour of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, where some of the largest wooden ships in North America had been built. Scouts went seaward on two oceanographic tours to observe marine birds, seals, porpoises and whales.
The first ocean tour was in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where they toured the harbor, saw some lighthouses and visited a rocky island inhabited by seals. In Boothbay Harbor, they also saw the "Bounty,” a tall ship built for use in the films "Mutiny on the Bounty” and most recently used during the filming of "Pirates of the Caribbean II.” It was undergoing some major repair work at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.
The second ocean tour took place in Bar Harbor, Maine, where they saw several whales, including a humpback that fully breeched the water and waved his pectoral fins while swimming on his side. The marine biologist onboard said that was the best whale watch tour of the entire summer.
In Bar Harbor, their boat also passed by H. Wayne Huizenga's 228 foot motor yacht, Floridian,” complete with its own helipad. The tail of his helicopter sports the logo of his newest acquisition, the Miami Dolpins. Among his various business ventures is Blockbuster Video. It's reported that his is one of the 10 largest privately owned yachts in the world.
Scouts also toured a small whale museum while exploring Bar Harbor and visited Acadia National Park, where they hiked high atop Cadillac Mountain with a panoramic view of islands and bays stretching out below them. They camped at Camden Hills State Park, where they hiked on the summit of Mount Battie for views of inland mountains and the ocean with its islands and harbors. One evening they enjoyed a unique sunset picnic on a boat dock in Rockland, Maine.
Troop 33's northeastern tour included 11 states and almost 4,000 miles of travel. It was an great touring experience that blended U.S. history, nature and adventure. Troop 33 is sponsored by First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Visit them online at troop33dekalb.org.