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Calen Yachts was originally founded to help aid the development of our youth and their interest in sailing, fishing and the sea via the Boy Scouts of America's national high adventure camp, Florida Sea Base.  Today, that is still our top priority. Which is why every summer from the beginning of June through the end of August, our whole fleet migrates down to Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Fl.

During this time our fleet is NOT available for private charter as we have a working relationship with the Boy Scouts of America and the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in Islamorada Florida. We contract with Florida Sea Base for the entire summer and are unable to provide any private charters during our summer season.

Florida Sea Base provides an opportunity of a lifetime to young adults ages 13 to 17. Our main goal is to see and snorkel as many coral reefs as possible during our six day adventure in the Florida Keys. Enroot to those beautiful coral reefs, the scouts learn how to sail and navigate.

While onboard the scouts each take on their own roles and responsibilities. We always start with a crew leader and quartermaster, and they assign jobs and tasks from there. A typical week long sailing adventure is comprised of six youth, two adult leaders and a friendly captain from Calen Yachts. Each week is a new adventure, and every adventure is different. But they all have the same common theme, creating memories that will last a lifetime, learning new life skills, getting personal with mother nature, earning respect for the environment, and growing closer together as a troop.

During their week aboard, scouts learn to hoist the sails, command the helm, even how to cook dinner. In the middle of the week we return to the marina where a mate takes them exploring through the mangroves and nearby island on kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Their mate will also bring the troop small boat sailing so the scouts can have an opportunity to show off what they've learned on the big boats. The day culminates with a competitive game of beach volleyball and dinner served in the galley. The following day were back at sea, with a couple days left to catch as many fish as possible and tack our way through the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. On our final day we return to the marina after lunch and the troop comes together to clean the boat and prepare it for the next crew.

Calen Yachts is proud to be a part of this amazing adventure. We just recently begun offering similar charters out of our New Port Richey, FL location in an effort to help get more of our youth and Boy Scouts out on the wonderful Gulf of Mexico. New Port Richey doesn't have the beautiful coral reefs of the Florida Keys, but we make up for it with our stunning nearby islands and sailing. During our New Port Richey scouting adventure we take scouts and adult leaders directly from our dock in New Port Richey out in the the open Gulf of Mexico. Once in open water we review knots and introduce our beginning sailors to the art and relaxation of sailing.

During this adventure scouts will have an opportunity to swim ashore to one or more of our neighboring islands where they can practice survival skills. Building camp fires, catching fish, camping on the beach, and cooking with sticks over a camp fire are all examples of some of the activities that take place during our New Port Richey scouting adventure.

All of our charters are private charters, we do not put groups together. Contact us today to make your reservations!

Boy Scouts hoisting sails at Florida Sea Base aboard the sailboat Stormalong

Boy Scouts Hoisting the mainsail of S/V Stormalong off the coast of Islamorada Florida in the Florida Keys.



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