Thursday, January 20, 2022

Earning an Eagle Scout Merit Badge



The Boy Scouts of Troop 234 on Marco Island traveled to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory to obtain their required Eagle Scout merit badge for Environmental Science on March 14, 2010.

We camped in Arcadia on Friday night after driving through a torrential rain storm.

The boys toughed it out and set up camp in the darkness.

The scouts rose early on Saturday, prepared a gourmet camp breakfast of pancakes and sausage, then headed northwest to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory.

 [/caption] width=”480″ height=”270″ />Their instructor, Kat was a wealth of knowledge with a diverse background in oceanography and wildlife management.  She took control of about 50 rambunctious scouts from various troops within the state for the entire day and did a great job educating our sons on the environment.
They spent the day by doing field research in the bay, numerous classroom activities, touring the facility with a great group of instructors from the Mote Marine Laboratory.  The scouts also had a very fun learning lesson in the Ken Thompson Park Preserve where they simulated



the Ocean’s food chain by playing the roles of various food and prey items from krill to Orcas.

The boys had an eye opening experience witnessing the myriad of creatures that they caught and released in the estuary adjacent to the Mote Marine Laboratory facility.

Each boy came away from the experience with a renewed appreciation of their watery surroundings on Marco Island.

We plan on attending the Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Merit Badge class offered in September. I’ll update you on their experiences.

It’s great to be a Boy Scout!

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