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Author: Sea Scouts, BSA

We Survived Sextants and Snowball Fights: Catoctin Winter Training 2015

Reuben L. from Sea Scout Ship 212 and the National Capital Area Council Yeoman, attended the 2015 Chesapeake Flotilla Winter Training at Catoctin Mountain National Park, just a few hundred meters from the Presidential Retreat: Camp David.  Despite 5-degree temperatures and the biggest winter storm of the year (which dumped 12″ of snow on New England the night before the event) Sea Scouts from Virginia to New York made the trek up the mountain for a weekend of training and fun, filling every cabin on the sprawling compound.  Courses included over 70 different topics including Engine Maintenance (with actual engines),...

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2014 Report to the Nation

This week I have the amazing opportunity to represent the Sea Scout Program in Washington DC to hand deliver the 2014 Report to the Nation to our Nation’s Leadership in the company of 9 extraordinary Scouts from across the United States. In the first three days we toured the Nation’s top STEM facility, the Godard Space Center, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Pentagon. While I can’t include all of our updates here, you can follow along with our delegation on Twitter and Instagram and the BSA’s Flikr for the rest of the week! Peter Schmidt, National Sea Scout Boatswain Meet...

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Summer Cruising for All Sea Scouts

In October 2013, the National Sea Scout Service Committee created a Summer Cruise Task Force to make summer cruises possible for “Boatless” Sea Scout Ships. The NSSSC recognises that Summer Cruises are crucial to the program of a ship and the advancement of each Sea Scout, so they encourage every ship to take at least one Long Cruise a year in addition to getting on the water at least once a month. Under the Leadership of National Sea Scout Committee Member, Eric Kissel, the Task Force has identified opportunities around the country that will allow Sea Scouts to get...

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Sea Scout Academy Texas 2015

2015 is taking off and Sea Scouts from Texas kick–started the year with their 11th annual Sea Scout Academy. Attracting scouts from around the state of Texas, Sea Scout Academy is three jam packed days full of interactive classes, professional teachers, and an amazing program designed to provide the experience of a lifetime to the 265 participants. Just hours into the event, people were excited about what the next couple of days will bring. “It is a very fun event,” says Anna Cairns, an Ordinary Sea Scout from Ship 502.” This year was particularly special, being the first that this event...

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The Voyages of Mr. Raymond Finley

In the 1940’s thousands of Sea Scouts and Sea Scouters joined the armed services to protect our country. Raymond Finley was one of those men. As I announced in our last post, Raymond Finley, a WWII veteran, a Quartermaster Sea Scout, and the man who strengthened our partnership with the United States Power Squadrons passed on January 17th. Many Sea Scouts may be aware of the Finley Sea Scout Service Award, but who was the man behind it and what was his story? I reached out to Joshua Gilliland who had the opportunity to interview Mr. Finley a decade ago...

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The US Power Squadrons and Sea Scouts

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...

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The National Boatswain Bearing- USCG Eagle

The next episode of the National Boatswain Bearing is now available! This month Peter is joined by USCG Vice Admiral Ret. and National Commodore Charles Wurster as he describes the Sea Scouts Aboard Eagle Program. Then, climb on board the Eagle and check out some footage of Sea Scouts working aboard the Eagle and climbing the rigging! More information on the USCG Barque Eagle Cruise and an application are available...

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University History Course at Sea and Long Cruise

Across the country, our Sea Scouts are constantly feeling the demands of Scouts, sports, school, work, their future, etc. As a Sea Scout in college I can attest that I am forced to prioritize each of these when planning out my time. Many Sea Scouts may be forced to choose to sit out a Long Cruise for work or summer classes but with a unique opportunity this summer, it is going to be a little easier to balance it all. Point Loma Nazarene University in conjunction with The Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Imperial Council Sea...

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Now Accepting National Flagship Applications!

The 2015 BoatUS National Flagship Applications are available now and are due March 31, 2015. The application follows the BSA Journey to Excellence Scorecard and is designed to recognize Sea Scout Ships excelling in all areas of Sea Scouting. Some areas of focus include: Special Celebrations and Activities Sea Scout Advancement and Training Sea Scout Recognition On Water Activities Sea Scout Activities Color Guard Activities Community Service Recruiting Activities Sea Scout Leader Professional Development Sea Scout Ships with outstanding programs who are not selected to be the BoatUS National Flagship maybe selected as a member of the National Flagship Fleet so...

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Looking Back at 2014

2014 was a fantastic year for Sea Scouts across the country. Sea Scouts participated in our #GetOnTheWater Campaign and got out on the the water by sailing, cruising, and paddling. A paddlepsorts track was added to the advancement requirements, the new Sea Scout Wiki went live, we launched our social media campaign, and we asked our youth to shape the future of our program with the Voice of the Sea Scout Survey and Youth Task Force. Our Sea Scouts were busy too, because 38+ Sea Scouts reached Quartermaster, 4 SEAL Courses were held, 6 Sea Scouts Sailed Aboard the...

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