Sea Base has four program seasons: Spring (February through April), Summer (May through August) Fall (October and November) and Winter (the week before and after Christmas). Winter and Spring temperatures vary from 50°F possible in the evenings, to 80°F during the day, with varying wind speeds and a humid climate. Water temperatures in winter dip to 72°. A wool shirt under a rain jacket is advisable during chilly, wet days on the water. In clothing preparation, please keep these factors in mind. Hypothermia is a potential concern during this time of year on the water. For scuba crews, Sea Base does have wetsuits available for rent at a cost of $25 plus tax per week.
Summer temperatures vary from 80°F to 95°F night and day, with high humidity and light breezes, and afternoon rain squalls. The water temperature averages 84° in summer. Concerns are to dress cool, have rain protection and sun protection. The official BSA uniform is highly recommended while traveling to and from Sea Base, and is required during flag raising, and breakfast and evening meals at Base. You will find yourself primarily dressed in T-shirts and swim trunks the rest of the time. Many crews choose a “Class B” troop or Sea Base T-shirt for daily wear.
Stopovers and Side Trips
There are many interesting sights to see and places to go between your home and Sea Base. Give special consideration to stopping in places unique to the state, such as Kennedy Space Center, Disneyworld, Cypress Gardens, Florida Everglades, etc.
Many crews that bring camping gear want to stay in the Keys area before or after their high adventure. The following Florida state facilities have campgrounds and may be contacted at the telephone numbers listed for reservations:
Florida Keys Campgrounds, State Parks
- John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo, MM 103 (305) 451-1202
- Long Key State Recreation Area, MM 70 (305) 664-4815
- Bahia Honda State Recreation Area, MM 37 (305) 872-2353
Privately Operated Campgrounds
- Boyd’s Key West Campground, MM 6 (305) 294-1465
- Sugarloaf Key Campground, MM 20 (305) 745-3549
- Camp Sawyer, South Florida Council, BSA (305) 364-0020
- Sunshine Key Camping, MM 38.8 (305) 872-2217
- Knights Key, MM 47 (800) 348-CAMP