Guest post: ScoutsBSA Troop 438 embarks on an educational adventure at Mystic Aquarium

Members of ScoutsBSA Troop 438 pose in front of the beluga tank during their visit to Mystic Aquarium.

Editor’s note: The below was submitted by ScoutsBSA Asst. Scoutmaster Mike Marseglia.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – On Saturday, May 13, the members of ScoutsBSA Troop 438 enjoyed an exciting and educational visit to Mystic Aquarium.

The troop, comprising passionate and dedicated young girls, had the opportunity to explore the wonders of the aquatic world and engage in hands-on learning experiences. Accompanied by their troop leaders, the girls eagerly arrived at Mystic Aquarium, filled with anticipation for the day ahead. Their visit was an integral part of their commitment to outdoor education and fostering a deeper understanding of the environment.

Troop leader Rachel Fontenault of Smithfield noted, “Visiting Mystic Aquarium was a great opportunity for the Scouts to connect up close with ocean life they wouldn’t encounter elsewhere. The connection is important because it inspires our Scouts to care for and protect our ocean planet.”

The troop began their adventure by immersing themselves in the fascinating marine life exhibits that Mystic Aquarium is renowned for. From vibrant tropical fish to majestic sharks, the girls were captivated by the incredible biodiversity on display. However, the highlight of their day was undoubtedly the beluga tank, where they had the privilege of witnessing the gentle giants up close.

In addition to observing the captivating marine life, the Scouts participated in interactive presentations which enhanced their knowledge of marine biology and conservation efforts. They learned about the importance of protecting ocean ecosystems and gained a greater understanding of their role as future stewards of the environment.

Troop Leader Martina Linfield of Burrillville expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to bring the girls to Mystic Aquarium, stating, “I love how friendly Mystic is to groups. The discount was generous and they had something for everyone. The easy to navigate stations, with knowledgeable staff at each, made sure everyone enjoyed themselves. I think we all learned something new that day and had a better understanding, by the time we departed, on how we each can help make our planet better. Loved the opportunity to make new memories with everyone.”

The visit to Mystic Aquarium not only aligned with the troop’s commitment to outdoor education and environmental stewardship, but also served as a testament to the inclusive and empowering nature of scouting. The troop aims to encourage girls to explore new horizons, embrace challenges, and make a positive impact on the world around them.

For more information about ScoutsBSA Troop 438 or to inquire about joining, contact Joshua Thibeault at (401) 524-4988‬ or

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