Darien Boy Scouts enjoy backpacking, spring adventure

Myron Czebeniak, front, left, with Frank Pirone, Garrett Martin, Evan Towell, Paul Scalise and William Harper; Josiah Harris, back, left, David Harris, Peter Martin, Jeff Scalise, Mike Towell and Chuck Harper.

Seven scouts from Boy Scout Troop 35 and five of their fathers attended the Boy Scout Sea Base High Adventure Camp in the Florida Keys during April vacation for a week-long Scuba Live-Aboard Adventure on an 82-foot schooner. The scouts had to obtain their SCUBA certification prior to attending the trip, where they learned about marine ecosystems, conservation, and seamanship while exploring the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary above and below the water’s surface.

Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, left, Gary Coventry, Owen Coventry, Pace Flaherty, Cormac Brown and Brian Gorey.    

Boy Scout Troop 53 spent the first weekend of April break hiking on the Appalachian Trail through Fahnestock State Park in New York State. The hikers split into two groups — more experienced Scouts took an 11-mile long hike, joining up with younger Scouts, who are receiving beginning instruction in backpacking, for the last 7 miles. The group camped at Clear Lake, a glacial lake in Putnam County. Below Scouts are shown by the lake where just moments before they observed an eagle swoop down and pluck a fish out of the water.