Scouts Adventures

Not a Clue Adventures loves working with Scouts Adventures – Lead Guide, Jeanene Arrington-Fisher is a Boy Scout Mentor and Merritt Badge Counselor for Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Having completed the requirements of both, she is currently taking additional training courses to enable scouting groups to use her services to assist in taking more trips and participating in other activities.

We can assist with the following Merit Badges for Boy Scouts:

Camping

Leave No Trace

Canoeing  – We have a 3rd party Eagle Scout that we can schedule to assist with this merit badge.

We can assist with the following Merit Badges for Girl Scouts:

Camping

Leave No Trace

Kayaking

For both Boy and Girl Scouts we can assist with many of the standard camping activities and, if needed, all tents and  equipment can be provided at no extra charge and meals and preparation can be included. Special Scouting Discounted Prices begin at $20-35 per child (all inclusive)

Not a Clue Adventures has Partnered with Crowley Museum and Nature Center near Sarasota, Florida and Chinsegut Conservation Center near Brooksville, Florida to provide a full educational experience.

Information on Crowley Museum and Nature Center:

Amenities

 Nature trails, boardwalk, observation tower, picnic tables, covered and screened pavilion, historic pioneer buildings and museum, educational programs, guided tours, self-guide pamphlets, ADA compliant facilities, rental facilities, gift shop, snacks, parking, restrooms

Closed: New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas Day

Experiences

Instilled with Jasper Crowley’s passion for preserving the history and environment of rural southwest Florida, the organization and its 190 acre preserve have hosted families for 35 years. A three mile nature trail winds through five unique habitats. Wander through high and dry pine flatwoods, a shady oak hammock and over the maple branch swamp. The trail leads you out to the edge of the expansive tatum sawgrass marsh along the Myakka River and ends at the pioneer history area. The long boardwalk and observation tower are ideal for viewing native plants and wildlife, such as bald eagles and migratory birds. The trail’s easy and pleasant walking conditions are suitable for people of all ages and abilities; closed toe shoes are recommended. Visitors can pick-up a self-guide booklet for the trail to learn about the native flora and fauna found here.

The pioneer area includes a pioneer history museum, pioneer cabin, blacksmith shop, working sugar cane mill, the restored Tatum House (one of the oldest examples of rural architecture in Sarasota County restored to its 1892 appearance), and the one room Tatum Ridge Schoolhouse (dating to approximately1906).

History

The Crowley Museum and Nature Center is uniquely positioned as an education center. Founders, William Jasper Crowley and Edina Truchot, incorporated the Nature Center and Pioneer Museum in 1974. Successions of dedicated community volunteers and financial support have emphasized education, enjoyment and stewardship.

For more information please visit: http://crowleyfl.org/

Information on Chinsegut Conservation Center:

Chinsegut Conservation Center hosts many educational programs and hikes throughout the year. To preserve the beauty of the area, the center is open to the public only during scheduled programs or by appointment. Camping is not permitted at this location.

Located 7 miles north of Brooksville, Chinsegut Conservation Center covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and funded by the Pittman-Robertson Program and state legislative appropriations. The Conservation center is the only educational facility operated by the Commission’s Office of Recreation Services.

History

Chinsegut was owned in the early 1900s by Col. Raymond Robins, whose colorful career included gold mining in Alaska and serving as an economic advisor to five presidents. Robins named his land “Chinsegut,” an Alaskan Inuit Indian word for the “spirit of lost things.” Robins used a looser translation: “The place where things of true value that have been lost may be found again.”

Robins donated his property to the federal government in 1932 to be used as a wildlife refuge. In 1973 the Commission acquired Chinsegut Conservation Center. Chinsegut WEA grew in 1989, when the Commission acquired an additional 420 acres, known as the Big Pine Tract and reached its current size in 2008 when the Commission acquired an additional 30 acres from The Nature Conservancy.

Experiences

Chinsegut WEA is home to many wildlife species, and wildlife viewing is possible throughout the year. White-tailed deer are abundant and frequently wander near the building. Turkeys move in and out of the oaks and pines, sometimes roosting in the cypresses next to May’s Prairie. Because May’s Prairie occasionally becomes dry, the frequent lack of fish makes it a mecca for thousands of amphibians, including pig and bull frogs, dwarf sirens and tiger salamanders, who produce young uninterrupted by hungry fish. The gopher frog, a species of special concern in Florida, calls his courting, snore-like call from the confines of the prairie after heavy fall and winter rains.

Seeking some of the bountiful wildlife May’s Prairie has to offer is the bobcat, who leaves his telltale scat on the boardwalk after a nocturnal visit. Higher up in the surrounding sandhills, gopher tortoises, a threatened species, browse near the half-moon-shaped burrows. These are Chinsegut’s oldest animal residents, who have watched the seasons change here for nearly a half-century.

We look forward to hosting your next troop outing at one of these wonderful locations or at a scout camp/state park of your choice!.

Please contact us for additional information on how we can assist you in getting your troops out on more outings throughout central Florida!

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