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posted Jan 7, 2019, 7:35 AM by Patricia Misyak-Peters

 2019 Sea Base Brinton Environmental Center Adventure 

Frequently Asked Questions: Out Island & Keys Adventure

Ahoy!

     As your adventure nears and the excitement builds, we understand that questions may arise. To provide some more clarification for your upcoming Out Island or Keys Adventure, these FAQs have been put together for you and your crew members. For your convenience, here is a link to the 
Participant Guide.

Please review the following and share with your attending crew members:


Does Sea Base provide hammocks for the participants?  No.

Can crew members bring hammocks to use on Big Munson Island? Yes.  Although hammock trees may be limited due to recent inclement weather, upcoming participants are more than welcome to bring hammocks for their stay on Big Munson Island, if it is available to them.

What kind of tents are provided for us on Big Munson Island?  The tents are 4-man, A-frame tents. At most, only two people need to share a tent.  Tents will be set-up prior to your arrival on Big Munson Island.  We do not provide cots or sleeping pads for participants. 

What kind of water shoes should I bring for my Out Island or Keys Adventure? A hard-sole, closed-toe shoe that dries in a timely fashion will work best.  Some examples include dive booties or Keen-type shoes.  Because these water shoes are used for wading through the water, we discourage using sneakers for this purpose because it takes a long time for them to dry out. Furthermore, flip-flops are permitted at the Brinton Environmental Center, but cannot be used as a water shoe as they will not hold up while wading through the water.

Are linens provided for my stay in the bunkers at the Brinton Center? No. The bunk beds are twin size. The participants need to bring either linens or sleeping bags for themselves.

Do crew members need to bring mess kits for our stay on Big Munson Island?  No.  All cook-ware and utensils will be provided and waiting for you in your Chuckbox when the crew arrives to the island.  Coffee is provided during your island stay, so if you would like to bring your own coffee mug, that is acceptable; there are no coffee mugs provided on the island.

Are there showers available on Big Munson Island? No. There is no running water on Big Munson Island.

Are there bathrooms available on Big Munson Island? Yes. We have Composting Toilet Systems, or a CTS, which is an elevated, covered, private toilet.  The CTS’s are comprised of two separate stalls with actual toilets that do not flush. Toilet paper is provided. 

Can I bring my cell phone or tablet to Big Munson Island?  We strongly discourage the use of all electronics during your stay on the island.  We encourage all participants, adults and youth alike, to “unplug” during the entirety of their adventure.  Keep in mind that every participant is in and out of the water every day, presenting an unfriendly environment for electronics.

May I bring my cell phone to Big Munson Island if it is my only camera? Again, we strongly discourage the use of all electronics during your stay on island, with the exception of camerasKeep in mind that each participant will wade, with their gear, through waist-deep water to board the vessels.

What is the combination lock used for? The Out Island Adventure crews will put all of their belongings inside of a storage locker (4’ x 4’ x 4’) before departing for Big Munson Island.  If your crew would like, you can put your own combination lock on the storage locker, or crews can lock their items in their vehicles for the duration of their adventure.

What size is the provided dry bag?  The dry bag that is provided for each participant is 24” x 12”, after it is rolled. It is approximately 50 liters.  Historically, participants have no issues fitting all their island gear in to one dry bag.  If a participant would like to bring a sleeping pad, for example, and it will not fit in their provided dry bag, sleeping pads can be put in a clear trash bag and loaded onto the gear boat to be taken out for the crew member(s).

What is biodegradeable sunscreen?  Biodegradable sunscreens are those that do not contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to harm corals, the living organisms that make up the coral reefs of the Florida Keys.  Many brands of acceptable biodegradeable sunscreen are available;  Mote Marine promotes the use of Reef Safe Sunscreen, which is the brand sold in the Sea Base Ship Store.  

One of my crew members has medication that needs to stay cold during our stay on Big Munson Island.  Can Sea Base accommodate this?  Yes. We have Engel-brand coolers specifically for that purpose.  Let us know during your check-in and we can provide a cooler.  Keep in mind that we have lots of ice, but a limited number of ice packs.

One of my crew members has a CPAP machine and needs it during his or her stay on Big Munson Island.  How can Sea Base accommodate for this participant?  If a participant needs his or her CPAP while staying on the island, he or she needs to bring their own battery pack.  There is no electricity available on our primitive island. If the battery pack is not permitted on the airplane due to TSA Regulations, participants can mail it to the Brinton Center, addressed to themselves. Please mail it to the Brinton Environmental Center, 23800 Overseas Hwy, Summerland Key, FL 33042.  **Please include your name and crew number on the package**

We are bringing two crews down for the Out Island Adventure and we want to spend as much time as possible together.  When are the crews separate?  When are the crews together? Both crews will be on the same activity schedule.  The crews are able to do most activities together, will bunk in the same dorm room and will camp in adjacent campsites. The only situations in which the crews will actually be separated is while aboard the fishing vessels and aboard the Polynesian war canoes during the paddle to and from Big Munson Island.  During all other activities the crews will be together, if preferred.

We are bringing two crews down for the Keys Adventure and we want to spend as much time as possible together.  When are the crews separate? When are the crews together? Both crews will be on the same activity schedule.  The crews are able to do most activities together, will bunk in the same dorm room and camp in adjacent campsites. The only situations the crews will actually be separated is while aboard the fishing vessels, aboard the sailing vessels and while riding in Sea Base vans. During all other activities the crews will be together, if preferred.
 



If you have any program-related questions after reviewing the
 2019 Brinton Environmental Center Participant Guide, please contact our Brinton Environmental Center Program Director, Scott Martin, at Scott.Martin@Scouting.org.
 
If you have payment-related questions, please contact our registrar, Nancy Wells, at Nancy.Wells@Scouting.org.  When contacting the Registrar’s office in any correspondence please include your Registration-Code Number. If you do not have your registration-code, please include your Crew Number. This information will help with answering crew questions regarding your account.
 
For any additional questions please refer to the directory below and contact the head of your department:
  
Keys Adventure, Fishing and Out Island Programs: Scott Martin,
 Scott.Martin@Scouting.org
Payments: Nancy Wells, Nancy.Wells@Scouting.org
Marine STEM Program: Mike Timm, Michael.Timm@Scouting.org
Bahamas Sailing Programs: Tim Stanfill, Tim.Stanfill@Scouting.org
Florida Sailing Programs: Graham Garson, Graham.Garson@Scouting.org
Scuba Programs: Joe Angelo, Joe.Angelo@Scouting.org
St. Thomas and St. Croix, USVI Programs: Tim Stanfill, Tim.Stanfill@Scouting.org

We look forward to having your crew join us this upcoming season!
 
Staff of Florida Sea Base 
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Florida National High Adventure Sea Base
Delivering ocean adventures that make a lifetime difference
Brinton Environmental Center
23800 Overseas Hwy,
Summerland Key, FL 33042
305.664.5612

 

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