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WHERE AM I? Swamp Things


Examine the photo and the clues we provide below to pinpoint this location. Choose right and you could win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.


“BEWARE OF ALLIGATORS.” Um, what? Someone probably should’ve mentioned that little bit of informa- tion before we started paddling. I’m now told that the swamp our kayaks are gliding through is home to 12,000 of the toothy reptiles. Great. Today, though, the paddle trail


we’re taking has only “moderate” gator activity on the forecast. And besides, my companions assure me, if we stay far enough away from the predators and keep our hands and feet inside the boats, everything will be fine. Soon enough, I’m distracted by


the beauty around us. The moss-cov- ered cypress trees seem to float on the surface, their trunks reflected on the dark, tea-colored water. It’s stunning. When I think of the word “swamp,”


I imagine a dark, desolate, decaying place. This swamp is anything but. We spot birds, turtles, and deer on our peaceful loop around the refuge. Even the alligators are photogenic—as long as they keep their distance. I bet you’d love it here. But first,


tell me: Where Am I? ¿


DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWER? Then enter our “Where Am I?” reader contest. We’ll take all of the correct answers and select one entrant at random to receive a $100 gift card to the BSA’s Supply Group. To enter, send us your thought along with your name and home address. Submit online at scoutingmagazine. org or by snail mail to Where Am I?, Scouting magazine, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. The deadline is Monday, June 27, 2011. The winner and correct answer will be announced at blog. scoutingmagazine.org shortly after the deadline. Good luck!


42 S COUTING ¿ MAy•JUNE 2011


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