From the Koch Cup, to Summer Cruises and other great activities it been a very busy summer for Sea Scouts across the country! This month I will be updating all of you on my progress during the first three months of my term. But first, let me introduce myself.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign

 I am Peter Schmidt, your 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain. I have earned the Quartermaster Award and I am from Illinois where I currently attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.You can read more about me here at seascout.org.
My term began with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the BSA National Meeting where both myself and outgoing National Boatswain, Billy McElligott, took part in the National Boatswain Change of Watch Ceremony. For the duration of the meeting we promoted Sea Scouting in the Exhibit Hall and promoted our program.

The 2014 National Boatswain Change of Watch in Nashville, Tennessee. From Left to Right National Commodore Mr. Charles Wurster, 2014-2015 National Boatswain Peter Schmidt, 2013-2014 National Boatswain Billy McElligott, and National Director Mr. Keith Christopher.

The 2014 National Boatswain Change of Watch in Nashville, Tennessee. From Left to Right National Commodore Mr. Charles Wurster, 2014-2015 National Boatswain Peter Schmidt, 2013-2014 National Boatswain Billy McElligott, and National Director Mr. Keith Christopher.

In June I attended the 2014 William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup in Long Beach, California. I was able to meet Sea Scouts from around the country and from all over the world. At the Koch Cup I was able to begin getting feedback on several of our resources. Changes have already begun on our web presence based on what we heard!

Peter Schmidt sails a CFJ back to the Koch Cup Sea Base with fellow Koch Cup Staff Member, Kerry, from the United Kingdom after a rescue.

Peter Schmidt sails a CFJ back to the Koch Cup Sea Base with fellow Koch Cup Staff Member, Kerry, from the United Kingdom after a rescue.

The 2014 Koch Cup Awards Ceremony. From Left to Right National Director Mr. Keith Christopher, National Boatswain Peter Schmidt, and Chief Scout Executive Mr. Wayne Brock.

The 2014 Koch Cup Awards Ceremony. From Left to Right National Director Mr. Keith Christopher, National Boatswain Peter Schmidt, and Chief Scout Executive Mr. Wayne Brock.

During the first part of my term I have undertaken several major projects including the recently closed Sea Scout “Voice of the Youth Survey” and the creation of the National Youth Sea Scout Task Force. The other large project that is getting off the ground is our improved Social Media presence on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to check us out and follow along for the best Sea Scout news out there. I can’t wait to see where the next nine months will take us with all of the exciting projects that are taking shape right now!

Smooth Sailing,
Peter Schmidt
National Boatswain