The weekend of September 9-11, one of the bigger events that happens every year in Texas occured. Minto Rendezvous, an annual Sea Scout competition, was held this year at Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop, Texas. Twenty ships attended for a total of 200 scouts and adults.

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Each ship that comes to Minto is required to participate in Uniform Inspection, Conduct, Ring- Buoy Toss, Heaving Line, Knot Tying, Radio Communications, Mariner’s Quiz and First Aid Challenge. There are sixteen other optional events that most ships participate in. I was fortunate enough to be able to run the Piloting event station. Although14305264_10154106542603922_7641645028535722806_o not every ship was able to participate in Piloting, I could see that this event brought out the competitive spirit as well as the fun, social aspect that is an integral part of most Sea Scout activities. Minto provides a great atmosphere for different ships to get together and participate in something special. The picture to the right is from the International Code Flags event where scouts participated by sending messages to each other across a porch via code flags.

Congratulations to Ship 911 from Georgetown, Texas, Ship 502 from Houston, Texas, Ship 468 from Seabrook, Texas, Ship 681 from Austin, Texas and Ship 31 from Austin, Texas for placing in the top five at Minto Rendezvous.

Thank you to Mr. Richard Lipham from Ship 846 in Sam Houston Area Council for the photos of this event.

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Rachel West

2015-2016 National Boatswain