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Boy Scouts tour San Juan Islands

Staff reports

Last summer, Troop 240 had what is called a “High Adventure” on a de-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter, a registered charter vessel, in and around the San Juan Islands near Anacortes, Wash.

Those who participated were Scout Tyler Hines, Travis Hook, Jon and Chris Manning, Ryan Moore, Johnson Riggs, Seth Russell, Eric St. John and Jared Whitaker and Scout leaders Conor DeWitt, Dave DeWitt, Bob Hines, Bob Hook, Doug Russell and Jeff Whitaker.

The group bunked on the boat as well as camped on secluded beaches on small islands (some of which are state parks), saw and played with seals while kayaking, spotted bald eagles and anchored in several harbors, including Rouche, Friday’s and the Old English Bay of Pigs.

Scoutmaster Dave DeWitt said that the greatest value they brought home was a greater understanding of teamwork, which they experienced daily learning to navigate the treacherous 10-knot currents, 9-foot tidal change twice daily, rocks, shoals, other traffic and even rescuing a woman and her 27-foot power Sea-Ray.

Boy Scouts begin in Cub Scouts, ages 8-10, and advance or can join as older boys 11-18. In Scouting, boys learn from volunteer adults character-building values which they will carry throughout their lives, says Tami Pagen, Scout spokesperson.

There are many facets to Scouting, she said, but the foundation values are contained in the “Scout Law.”

The first point is “A Scout is trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.” (Boy scout Handbook)

Interested boys and their parents may call Dave DeWitt at 265-4516, Callis Ogles at 782-8659 or Pagen at 782-3194, or attend the Scouting Open House March 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Spruce and Deseret streets in Minden.