Thu, 10 Oct 1991 13:27:18 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
I went to the Seabase in '90, and had a good time. Here are a couple of
1. A scouting "purist" will probably prefer Philmont, because it is
steeped in history, and a pervasive scouting spirit. I found the Seabase
competantly staffed, envionmentally and safety concious, and a lot of
fun, however when I was there the staff didn't maintain an evironment of
proper scouting ideals and policy. For example, little was done to
"straighten up" some troops that constantly used foul language, ignored
the program, and kept others up until 2:00 in the morning. Also, the tents
and camping areas that my troop moved into were filthy and in disrepair.
While this might happen at a (poorly run) troop level, I think that one
expects more from a Nationally-run high adventure base. To be fair however,
my evaluation was looked at, and some of the offending troops were banned
from coming back (NOT because of my evaluation), however my experience was
2. Don't expect a whole lot of sandy beaches in the Keys. There are some,
however a great deal of them will be mud with decaying vegetation washing
up and producing an odor. In fact, the "pristine" island that the Seabase
uses in it's Out Island Adventure has beaches that are covered in mud, tar,
and trash (from passing ships.) Some of my scouts were rather disallusioned
by this, however if one is prepared for some possible unpleasantries, maybe
the beauty will be more noticable:
- The interior of the island is lush with tropical vegatation, has hermit
crabs swarming all over it (which are really cool!), has nearly fearless
Key deer roaming at will, and has it's habitat virtually unspoiled by man.
- There are many beautiful habitats to explore, such as desert in the
middle of the island, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs.
- The coral reefs are teeming with fish, rays, and maybe the occasional
I would recommend the Seabase, but I doubt if it will steal the hearts of
any Philmont lovers.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City