Venture scouts scallop report Steinhatchee: Thursday 7/14. A photo summary

Five Venture scouts and 4 adults from Venture Crew 288 of Ponte Vedra Beach left early Thursday morning for Steinhatchee (2.75 hours away) to try their hand at scalloping. Seven of the nine Venturers had not scalloped before and a couple had never snorkeled before either. This was gonna be a great opportunity to show them a really unique Florida outdoor activity! Rather than dragging a boat with us we kept it simple and rented a 24 foot Carolina Skiff boat from Sea **** Marina. Our boat the Black Pearl was an excellent platform to scallop from and we had a great time snorkeling & hunting the abundant scallops!! With the exception of a storm to our south the weather & conditions were awesome.

In a nutshell, Venturing is a youth development program within Boy Scouts that is co-ed and young men & women from 14 – 21 years of age can participate. Just like Boy Scouts, it is youth lead and has leadership components (elected positions) to foster leadership & personal growth, awards for youth to earn and crews seek fun activities & high adventure to help them develop into responsible citizens with a strong moral compass.

This is a photo summary of how our day went……

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Venture scouts from Crew 288

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Lake Gulf of Mexico………….

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We didn’t need to put a diver in the water to find an area with abundant scallops as you could see scallops from the boat and you knew when you were in a good enough area to start your scalloping.

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Kaitlyn with the first of many

A lot of firsts…………..

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Austin with his first ever scallop

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Catalina with her first ever scallops

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John with his first ever scallop

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**** Basye with his first. **** is the founding leader of Venture Crew 288

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Austin & Jamie having a good time.

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New to snorkeling - Miranda going after a scallop

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There were plenty of scallops for our group

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I call these big ole mossybacks found in the sand/mud bottom as they are larger than the scallops found in the adjacent seagrasses

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Catalina

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My daughter Kaitlyn with a good effort

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Storm to our south with a lot of lightening caused us to pick up anchor and move north

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Icing them down

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As these chilled, we motored away from the storm and upon anchoring on the second spot the Venturers hit the water again…………..snorkeling in almost 5 feet of water the scallops were abundant here also

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Jamie on the hunt for more scallops

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Austin on the hunt

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Another mossyback

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stone crab

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My daughter Kaitlyn

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Horse conch

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Variegated sea urchin

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Catalina with her catch

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9 shuckers made quick work of our 10 gallons of scallops.

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South African funnyman John working on some scallops

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Everyone is pitching in……

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Heading back in….a fun time was had by all!

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Venture Crew 288 Scallywags

It’s quite an honor to be able to work with this group of young men & women and to introduce them to outdoor activities that they’ve never experienced before. One of our next scheduled Venture outdoor adventures will be introducing them to another old time Florida favorite………frog gigging.

Among many other outdoor activities, Crew 288 has gone to local ranges to shoot rifles, shotguns & pistols, whitewater raft, camp, SCUBA dive, and some of our Venturers have attended a week long National Youth Leadership program. Here’s a link about Venturing if anyone is interested:
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Venturing.aspx
It’s a great program!

Hoo Yah
Brian

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