Our one-week BSA High Adventure charter on SSS Odyssey starts with your BSA group's arrival in Friday Harbor in the beautiful San Juan Islands. The intent of the Odyssey High Adventure program is to take a group of unseasoned, willing and able scouts and within a week's time turn them into a fully functional part of a sailing crew on this historic 90 foot wooden sailboat.
Shortly after reporting aboard your ten scouts are divided into two crews, each with one of your youth functioning as "crew leader". One of our experienced Sea Scout youth will serve as mentor/advisor to each crew and, from the moment we leave the dock at Friday Harbor, your scouts will be taught "the ropes" , both literally and figuratively. They will stand watches on a rotating basis at the helm, as lookout and at the navigation station, all the while being ready for a "all hands on deck" call to trim or change out sails as Odyssey wends her way through the beautiful San Juan Islands. Every evening will find Odyssey anchored in a new harbor, sometimes remote, sometimes at a resort that is the object of desire for the rich and famous. Being anchored means night anchor watches, which teach a certain discipline and responsibility and serve to keep all hands sleeping below and on deck safe from the surprises that the winds and tides have foisted on mariners through the ages and turned them into a prudent folk. Housekeeping is near and dear to the mariner. "A clean ship is a happy ship". The crew will roll out of their bunks in the morning to swab decks, and those assigned mess cook duties will help cookie in preparing meals and setting up and taking down the messdeck.
Lest this sound like "all work and no play", AVAST! When we visit these various harbors and anchorages there's plenty of time for exploring ashore in remote coves and beaches or resort ice-cream parlors. And, Odyssey carries two dingies, which can be rigged for both rowing or sailing, thus presenting every inspired scout an opportunity to work towards another merit badge. Another favorite pastime is the "halyard swing", which is essentially a swing on a rope that is attached to the top of our 105 foot high mast, an endeavor that challenges the daring fortitude of any teenager who launches from the bow, especially when the "landing pad" is 55 degree water! Of course, for the less ambitious, there's just plain old-fashioned lounging on deck in the sun, reading or napping, or convincing "cookie" to rustle up another batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies. Happy Sailing!!