mopIt has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your National Boatswain for the past year. I have had the opportunity to travel to every region in the country and meet Sea Scouts from all over the world. I worked tirelessly over the last year to make sure that the voice of the Sea Scout is heard and that every youth in our program has the chance to make change in their program. I also have worked to improve our communication strategy so that every Sea Scout and Sea Scout Leader has the most up to date information about our program. In addition, I have participated in the Paddlesports Task Force, the Technology Subcommittee, improved the new advancement requirements, created resources for the marketing toolbox, and began work on a new marketing campaign, and much more. Without the help from all of the Sea Scouts who supported my efforts over the last year and all of the dedicated volunteers at all levels who encouraged me and provided guidance, none of this would have been possible. Thank you for all of your help!

National Boatswain Change of Watch 2015

National Boatswain Change of Watch

This last week I was able to attend the BSA’s National Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia and the week proved to be quite eventful for the Sea Scout program. I had the honor of presenting longtime National Sea Scout Director Keith Christopher with the National Venturing Leadership Award for his dedication to improving our program. I also was honored to escort National Committee Member Cassie Johnson as she was presented the highest honor that the Southern Region can bestow on a volunteer, the Silver Antelope Award. We also carried out the National Sea Scout Change of Watch Ceremony where Edward Campbell relieved me as the National Boatswain. Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock and National Commissioner Tico Perez attended the reception.

I can also report that the future of the Sea Scout program looks as bright as ever because I was able to meet with our National Director, National Commodore, and new National Boatswain, Edward Campbell, to lay out a plan for the coming year. All I can say is, this is going to be exciting.

2015 National Officers

National Sea Scout, Order of the Arrow, and Venturing Officers at the 2015 NAM.

There were also some decisions made at the National Meeting that will impact our program. First, the Venturing Leadership Award is back for adults for good, but will be subject to a quota. Second, the National Bylaw resolution that proposed splitting Sea Scouting from Venturing was brought before the National BSA Council and was sent to the Operations Committee for further study. It is important to note that all ten resolutions brought before the assembly were sent to committees. Further action will be taken on this matter in February 2016 at the National Board Meetings. Finally, a pilot program for younger men and women to participate in the Venturing and Sea Scouting Programs is moving forward. There will be more information available on all of these developments in the near future.

Peter Schmidt
2014-2015 National Boatswain