Happy hunting: Coney youth group’s scavenger hunt takes them to Carribean • Brooklyn Paper

Happy hunting: Coney youth group’s scavenger hunt takes them to Carribean

ready to roll: Florena Forte is packed and ready to go on a week-long cruise around the Caribbean with the youth organization Coney Island Generation Gap.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Talk about the trip of a lifetime!

Youth-activity group Coney Island Generation Gap took 15 area kids on a globe-trotting scavenger hunt April 3–12.

The teens and a few adults took a train to Miami and then boarded a cruise that brought them to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico. For many of the kids, the trip was a succession of firsts.

“I’d never been on a cruise boat before so it was amazing to see,” said teenager Florena Forte.

The kids may as well have been on another planet when they climbed waterfalls and rode zip lines in Jamaica, according to the group’s leader.

“Some of them never left the city — they’d walk by the train station and that was as far as they got,” said Generation Gap director Pam Harris, who accompanied the troop of teens with four other chaperones.

Amped: Kids part of the youth organization Coney Island Generation Gap are excited to be leaving for a week-long Caribbean cruise and international scavenger hunt on April 3. The teens will also document their travels for a film they are producing.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

The teens said the outdoor adventuring was a total rush.

“It was fun and scary at the same time,” said Cerrena McKelvey, “because I didn’t know if I was going to slip on a rock.”

But it wasn’t just a vacation for the Coney kids. Harris drew up a scavenger hunt to help kids learn about the places they visited.

“They were tricky questions, and we had to think hard,” McKelvey said.

One brain-teaser asked kids what part of their cruise ship was “blue and gray and white all over,” Harris said. They found out it was the ship’s bridge when the captain took them on a two-hour guided tour of the vessel and his quarters, she said.

Next year, Harris hopes to take the kids to Alaska or Greece, she said.

A new friend: Cerrena McKelvey brought home this hand-carved Caribbean mask.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.

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