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How do you make your program special?: Flotsam Flotilla

How do you have an event that not only makes Sea Scouting more exciting but also gains a greater creativity and sense of competition for scouts? The Sea Scouts in Texas have figured out a way. Every year, there is an annual competition for ships in Texas called Minto Rendezvous and one of the competition events is called Flotsam Flotilla. This event gives a specific list of materials that each ship have to build a boat out of and try and make it across the length of the pool. The materials have gotten more interesting over the years ranging...

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Minto Rendezvous 2016

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.             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...

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Texas Gulf Coast SEAL 2016

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. One of the most memorable moments on the course occurred on the first day of training....

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Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

What did you and your ship do this Memorial Day? Many Sea Scouters across the nation, spent their day honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Different ships spent their day in unique ways to honor the soldiers that kept our country safe. Sea Scout Ship 7907 assisted their charter organization, VFW Post 7907, with ceremonies including laying wreaths and flowers, and placing flags and decorated graves of military veterans with flags and flowers including the grave marker for the namesake of their charter organization – Lt. Fred Kent, who was lost at sea in...

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