Gardiner’s Troop 672 at the Florida Sea Base sign, from left, are Ryan Avery of West Gardiner, Garrett Babcock of Randolph, Henry Avery of West Gardiner, Josh McGrath of Farmingdale, Wyatt Gove, Jason Dickson, Ian Dickson and Ethan Dickson, all of Gardiner; and Connor Riddle and Drew Riddle, both of Randolph. Submitted photo

Local Scouts spent part of their summer diving, sailing, and fishing off the Florida Keys as part of Scout Troop 672’s visit to the Boy Scouts of America’s High Adventure base, set at the southernmost tip of the continental U.S.

On one of several dives in the Florida National Marine Sanctuary, from left, are Ian Dickson, Ethan Dickson and Jason Dickson, all of Gardiner. Submitted photo

Troop members, based in Gardiner but serving the surrounding towns, took part in the base’s Scuba Live Aboard Adventure at the end of July and beginning of August. They made 11 dives, including a night dive exploring coral reefs, underwater rock formations and checking out the underwater life found in the Florida National Marine Sanctuary.

They did this while spending five days and nights living on a catamaran, according to a news release from Chuck Mahaleris, district chairman for the Kennebec Valley District of Scouting.

Drew Riddle, left, and Connor Riddle, both of Randolph, at the marker noting the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S. in Key West, Florida. Submitted photo

The Scouts also visited Biscayne National Park, Shark Valley National Park and the History of Diving Museum, and also part in an evening kayak program in kayaks with glass bottoms.




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