Darby BOSS travels to Barcelona
August 12, 2013
By Amy Drummond
Getting away for the weekend can be great for single Soldiers and Airmen, especially if you move in a group and make new friends.
More than 30 members of the Darby Military Community Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program did just that July 25-28 when they traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to see the world from a slightly different perspective. Of the 32 BOSS members, 22 were Airmen and 10 were Soldiers.
The travelers arrived in Barcelona in the evening, just in time to experience the nightlife of the second largest city in Spain, the sixth largest in Europe.
"My favorite thing of all was the nightlife and the clubs," said Patric Hoffman. "There were so many people out late."
Several Airmen and Soldiers said they had been thinking about traveling to Barcelona for a while.
"I was thinking of planning a trip to Spain, but when this BOSS trip came up, I jumped on it," said Addarrel Stokes.
On their first full day in Barcelona, the group enjoyed a three-hour tour of famous sites and landmarks, including the world famous architectural treasures of Barcelona.
"It was nice having the guided tour because you don't have to worry about finding destinations," said Declan Blackman. "It was nice to have a big group and not having to worry about transportation."
After the tour, the Camp Darby crew were given free reign of the city, so long as they were ready to leave Sunday morning. Quite a few claimed they didn't want to leave, and enjoyed sharing their stories of sightseeing, picture taking, beaches visited, and people, food and fun.
"BOSS trips are a great opportunity for single Soldiers and I will encourage my Soldiers to go on future trips," said Stokes. "It is a good opportunity to go out with friends and people I've seen around work to see new things, and nice to go out with a group."
Trips can be expensive to put together, and BOSS helps Airmen and Soldiers find an affordable way to see a bit of Europe, said MWR BOSS adviser Jimmy Roddy. BOSS adventures are in part subsidized by fundraisers the organization puts on throughout the year, he said.
The Darby Military Community BOSS Council organizes the trips and manages the contracts involved so the Soldiers and Airmen don't have to. Service members decide where to go and what to do.
"BOSS has trips, or if not a trip then some sort of event, every month," said Christina Bergeron, BOSS vice president. "We pick the locations by asking the service members where they want to go, or if it was a good trip last year we do it again."
The DMC BOSS program is unique from other installations in that it is not only for Soldiers; Airmen and "geographic bachelors" are welcome to join in, said Roddy.
Single service members who would like to find out more about the DMC BOSS program, and community members who would like to reach out to single service members, can call Roddy at 633-7438 or 050-54-7438, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next BOSS trip is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 to Oktoberfest in Munich.