Long Cruise 2018 – British Virgin Islands


July 14-22, 2018.  Long Cruise 2018 will take Ship 100 back to the Caribbean.  We have chartered 3 luxury yachts and will sail from Tortola to St. John, Norman, Peter, Dead Chest,  Salt, Cooper, Ginger, Virgin Gorda (The Baths) and out to Anegada.


  • Boat Charter Fee: $336
  • Food and Provisions: $175
  • Flight*: $700
  • Travel Insurance: $85
  • Ground Accomodations* (2 nights) $160
  • Ground Transportation $92
  • TOTAL* –  $1547 (Last update 11/11/17)

Fee Schedule

  • November 16 – Flight Deposits Due: $100 (Sum Total: $300, Balance: $1247)
  • December 11 – Charter Balance Due: $200 (Sum Total: $500, Balance $1047)
  • April 4 – Transportation and Food Balance: $872 (Sum Total $1372, Balance: $175)
  • June 1 – Food Balance Due:  $175 (Paid in full)

Trip Schedule*

  • Saturday July 14
    • 9am.  Depart for DCA
    • 12noon  Flight to Miami
    • 2030 Arrive St. Thomas
    • Stay overnight in Charlotte Amalie
  • Sunday July 15
    • 0630 Mass at St. Peter & Paul Cathedral (optional)
    • 0930 Ferry to Tortola
    • 1200 Checkin
    • 1300 Depart
  • Saturday July 21
    • 1000 Dock
    • 1200 Clear Boats
    • 1400 Ferry to Charlotte Amalie
  • Sunday July 22
    • 0600 – Depart for Airport
    • 0930 – Flight Departs
    • 1615 – Arrive DCA


  • Flights are not final until deposits are confirmed.
  • Hotel reservations are still pending due to hurricane damage.
  • If we can arrange to depart on the 21st, we expect this will reduce cost by $80.  Due to the limited availability of flights and hotels due to hurricane season 2017, the departure and return are still flexible.

Requirements for Participants

  • Must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Youth must be at least age 13 and finished the 8th Grade, but not yet 21.
  • Adult berths limited to 2 per boat, unless no youth available.  Priority is set by training and scouting experience and the assessment of the Ship’s Committee.  Youth limited to 6 per boat.  Three boats permit 18 youth and 6 adults.  No 4th boat will be scheduled.
  • Must be able to complete the BSA Swim Check at the “Swimmer” Level.
  • Must have a BSA Medical Authorisation Forms A, B & C with doctor’s approval.
    • Maximum weight: 295lbs
  • Must have current US Passport
  • Adult over 21 (including Scouts age 18-20) Must
    • Have current YPT
  • All Adults over 21 must have current First Aid/CPR.  WRFA or equivalent preferred.  One adult per boat must have current WRFA.


  • Personal Bag (12x12x24)
    • All gear must fit inside personal bag.
    • 8 T-shirts
    • 2 swim suits (modesty applies)
    • 1 pair of boat shoes (wear on flight)
    • 1 pair neoprene socks
    • 5 sets of undergarments as preferred
    • Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Hat.  Baseball acceptable, full brim recommended.
    • Waterbottle with carabineer.  24-32oz.
    • Polarised Sunglasses
    • Personal Hygiene Supplies
    • Small pillow
    • Light sleeping bag liner.  Do not bring a full sleeping bag.
    • Rain jacket (lightweight)
    • 2 swim towels.  Rubber.  Do not bring cotton towels.
    • Camera, Waterproof.  (optional)
    • Waterproof bag (backpack style) for transporting gear to/from shore.
    • NCU Bridge Edition Uniform – No pins, medals, or detachable items.  Shirt only. (Wear on flight)
    • Travel games for airport and flight.  Cards, small games with few to no loose parts.
  • Unit Gear
    • WFA Medical Kit, one per boat.   Reef specific supplies.
    • Sunscreen, spf30 or higher.  Titanium Oxide (no benzone or -salate based chemical sunscreens allowed)
    • Aloe with lidocaine.
    • Charts and navigation gear.
    • Insect repellant
  • Comes with boat:
    • Snorkelling Gear
      • (Participants may bring their own if they choose.  But it must fit in your personal bag.)
    • Galley supplies (cooking, serving)
    • GPS
    • Radio
    • Local cell phone (emergency use)
    • VISAR


  • Reservations are non-refundable.  They may be transferred, but Ship 100 has made a financial obligation on your behalf.  Registrations are binding unless a replacement can be found.  Insurance for cancellations is payable to Ship 100.
  • Water stores are reserved for drinking and galley use.  Participants should NOT expect daily showers.  Swimming in clear salt water will keep folks clean and will be quite good for the skin.  For those with longer hair, VERY limited opportunities for washing hair may be available.
  • Weather will be in the low to mid 80s at all times.  Moderately windy conditions at all times.  If weather turns bad, boats will return to Road Town Joma Marina or nearest safe port.
  • Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Participants should bring $100 in personal cash.  They will manage their own funds.  Adult leaders will not serve as bankers.
  • Cell phones will not work past St. John.  Participants should bring them for the flight/wait.  But once on board, power off to save battery.  Scouts may not use personal electronics during the cruise.
  • A Swim Test will be scheduled in March.  Those who cannot complete at the swimmer level will be given the opportunity to seek coaching.
  • Three boats will operate independently.  The fleet will regroup each night at prescribed anchorages/moorings. (TBD)
  • Scouts will be expected to participate cheerfully in all work assignments and rotations.  No exceptions will be given without a doctor’s certification.
  • Flagship: SSTV Seascape



*Note – this is preliminary and example only.  Destinations may vary based on weather and crew preference.