This past week I had the opportunity to be an instructor on the first session of Texas Gulf Coast SEAL. Sea Scout Experience for Advanced Leadership or SEAL Training gives the youth in Sea Scouts an opportunity to become a leader and bring back those skills to their home ships. During this training, each candidate serves as the Boatswain for a day and the Navigator for a day. This training provides the opportunity for each leader to grow and develop skills to succeed.

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One of the most memorable moments on the course occurred on the first day of training. While the jib sail was being unfurled, the forestry snapped and fell down. Because the teamwork and quick thinking of our Skipper, we were able to save the mast from falling down. Fortunately, we were able to use the jib halyard to support the mast. The amount of teamwork involved helped to define the meaning of teamwork on the SEAL course.

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The course had many great opportunities for everyone to grow in their leadership skills. I really enjoyed being able to get to know scouts from all over the country. I also had the opportunity to meet one of the Western Region Boatswain’s Mates, the Southern Region Boatswain and Southern Region Yeoman.

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I would highly encourage Sea Scouts around the country to think about applying to go to SEAL next year.

Rachel West, National Sea Scout Boatswain