The southeastern coast of the United States is known for its swamps and marshes.
From Louisiana to Florida, around the tip of the Keys and up into Georgia, these wetland areas are constantly flooded, making them difficult to experience on foot.
The Coastal Empire Council takes Scouts on sea-kayaking adventure treks from spring to fall. Kayakers paddle through saltwater marshes, rivers and creeks, keeping their eyes peeled for dolphins, birds, alligators, sea turtles and a wide variety of other marine wildlife, all within shouting distance of both the Georgia coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a look at the following videos from a recent trek, and then check out the July 2010 issue of Boys’ Life magazine for more about sea kayaking.
Each adventure begins with an orientation session that helps Scouts develop their kayaking, navigation, wilderness survival and Leave No Trace skills.
Scouts might travel more than 10 miles on the water on any given day, spending 4 to 5 hours in their kayaks.
Stuck in the Mud
On many trips, the Scouts will park their kayaks on a sandbar that is exposed to open air for only a few hours each day as the tide is at its lowest.
On most kayak adventures, there are opportunities for swimming, fishing, crabbing and shrimp-net casting.