Boy Scouts Welcomed to Navy’s Indian Island

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (NNS) — Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 1539 attended a three-day advancement camp held at Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island, April 17-19.

“This island has more than 2,716-acres of land surrounded with preserved natural resources, and we always welcome Boy Scouts to visit and learn about the environment,” said Cmdr. Mark Loose, NAVMAG commanding officer. “This gives Boy Scouts an opportunity to understand the history of Naval Magazine Indian Island and gives them a chance to use their survival skills.”

During the three-day camping trip, Boy Scouts learned about the importance of first aid, how to build a fire, and knot-tying. They also learned about different native plants around the island with Navy forester Terri Jones.

“Advancement camp gives the children an opportunity to learn and practice their scouting skills,” said Gregory Leicht, environmental director from Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. “They learn so much from these camps and it gives them life skills so when they are on their own they know how to handle any situation.”

This was the fourth campout this year for the troop. Some Boy Scouts were also working on earning their forestry merit badge.

“Typically, the troop has one campout a month in the winter months and two-to-three campouts a month the remainder of the year,” said Leicht. “I encourage parents to let their children join an organization like this because they learn so much from these experiences.”

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This story was written by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd (AW) Maebel Tinoko, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest, and was published as Navy Story Number: NNS090425-04 Released on 4/25/2009 at 11:17:00 AM.

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