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Author: Sea Scouts, BSA

Sea Scout Base in the Midwest

John S. Swift Base in Knob Lick, Missouri turned into a Sea Scout paradise this summer. The Central Region Task Force Area Three worked to enhance the Swift program Sea Scout Style. At Swift during specific weeks a Sea Scout could work on sailing proficiency, advancement, and regatta training along a SCUBA course. Sea Scouts had the opportunity to train on the 280 acre Nims Lake. Every morning a group of highly trained Sea Scout Instructors led training courses tailored to all levels. Many new sailors were given one on one attention on small boats before going out alone. For the more advanced students, a larger boat was available to teach more cursing techniques and learn to use multiple sails and command a crew of up to five students. During the first week alone over 60 youth took sailing lessons. Every afternoon a fleet of new and experienced sailors waited for the sound of the committee boat’s horn. All of the boats raced a triangular course. Many new sailors learned from their previous races and qualified later. Most afternoons three races were run and the winner of each race would advance to the championship. Sea Scouts could also work on advancement. Anytime during the day a scout could talk to a specialist for each requirement or rank. Many of the participants earned the Small Boat Handler by spending an...

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Ship 502’s 2011 Long Cruise: Scuba Diving

This year’s long cruise was out of the usual comfort zone for Sea Scout Ship 502 Invincible, because instead of sailing on top of the water, we were swimming underneath it. Several of our Scouts had the opportunity of learning how to scuba dive. It was an amazing experience, from the first strange, timid breath underwater to the final hour long swim. Throughout the week long adventure, we cooked, slept and lived on our boats, but come three o’clock we would find ourselves in a classroom eagerly waiting to learn about the mysteries of scuba diving. After we learned the theory of what we needed to know, we took our newly learned skills to the water and tested them there. This is where the fun truly began. Taking that first breath underwater is scary and seems unnatural at first, but then you take another and another, and you find how smoothly you can move through the water. Before you know it, you’re scuba diving! The ‘Open Water Dives’, where we really got to test our skills, were, for obvious reasons, the most fun. After we took our final test over skills like hovering, clearing our goggles underwater, and emergency accenting, we were able to dive around sunken motor boats, tires, and even a school bus!  We followed our instructor around for a tour of Lake 288, the lake where...

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About a Boat: Sea Scouts & Boats

A Sea Scout boat is an excellent tool for building young individuals into a crew. It does not matter if a boat is 10 feet long or 100; what matters if Sea Scouts are onboard. A boat is something young people can rally around, have a sense of belonging to, and directly see the benefits of their efforts. Once a Sea Scout has painted a bilge, fiberglassed a hull or been on a haul out, the sense of ownership in that vessel is extremely powerful. However, a boat is not required for a Sea Scout Ship to have an active program. A boat is only a tool for a Sea Scout program, not the ultimate goal. One only has to look at the success of the Sea Scout Ship Kansan in the 1930s to 1940s, which set records at producing Quartermaster-Eagle Scouts and being named National Flagship twice (and once honorary) to see you can have a successful program without a boat. Looking for a Boat Sea Scouts looking for a boat should consider the following: The key to a successful Sea Scout program is leadership and positive thinking The Boat is NOT the Program The Boat Supports the Program by Providing source of Ship identity Training Platform Allows Scouts to See Beyond the Horizon Gives Sea Scouts form and substance Sea Scouts looking to add a boat to...

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