This weekend, I had the privilege of representing the Sea Scouts at the United States Power Squadrons Annual Meeting. I am happy to report that each and every member from, Squadron Commanders to the Chief Commander is excited about our continuing partnership.
As some of you know, Sea Scouts, BSA has a Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Power Squadrons. But what does this mean for us as Sea Scouts? Alot, actually. I would like to share 3 key ways (their are many more) that this partnership could impact you and your ship.
- Program Partners. There are over 400 USPS Squadrons around the country. Many charter or partner with Sea Scout Ships in their area. A great example is Ship 127 that is chartered by the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron. All around the country, many other ships partner with a Squadron to do activities and training. As I talked with with many Squadron and district representatives, they all expressed interest in working with a ship in their area. Simply go to usps.org to find a Squadron near you.
- Advancement and Training. Many Sea Scout rank requirements from Ordinary to Quartermaster are taught by the USPS. Their America’s Boating Course even covers many of the requirements of the Qualified Seaman Bar and USPS courses are a great way to prepare for SEAL. The USPS National Sea Scout Liaison, Bruce Rodgers, has put together a matrix, available here, to make it simple to see what classes Sea Scouts can take for certain requirements.
- Achievement and Service. The USPS has an award, the “Finley Sea Scout Service Award”, that recognizes those members of the United States Power Squadrons who are also youth or adult Sea Scout leaders, and who have provided outstanding civic, educational, and fraternal leadership to both the Sea Scouts and the United States Power Squadrons, through civic involvement, educational achievement, and active participation in both programs. More information on the Finley Award is available here.
It is with great sorrow that I have to report that Raymond A. Finley, Jr., who became a Sea Scout in 1935 and was a 1939 Quartermaster Award recipient who would go on to serve the USPS as Chief Commander and the Sea Scouts as a member of the National Committee passed away last week. He was honored at the USPS Annual Meeting and the Finley Award will continue to honor the great work he did for both of our organizations.