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Tips for Submitting The National Flagship Applications

National Flagship Applications are due March 31, 2013. The application follows the BSA Journey to Excellence and is designed to recognize all program aspects of Sea Scouts. The Selection Committee is made up of National Sea Scout Committee Members from across the country. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their written materials and supporting photos as one PDF with the file name being that of your Ship (example, SSSDautnless Application.pdf). All videos should be in QuickTime or MP4 format. This is to ensure efficient sharing of all application materials between the Selection Committee. Good luck! We look forward to...

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Sea Scouts Teaching Boy Scouts How to Row A Whaleboat

The Sea Scout Ship Gryphon of Redwood City, CA hosted Troop 206 of Menlo Park, CA for a morning of learning how to row a whaleboat and boatswain’s chair. 13 Boy Scouts attended in all. The Troop was divided into two Patrols. While one Patrol went out rowing, the other learned boatswain’s chair. Joint activities where Boy Scouts can be introduced to Sea Scouts is vital for the growth of Sea Scouts. These sort of events allow Boy Scouts to learn a little about Sea Scouts and have fun. Equally important, Scoutmasters and Parents get to watch Sea Scouts...

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The New Century of Sea Scouts

It is time to focus on the New Century of Sea Scouts. The Sea Scout Centennial was a great success, with over 45 Centennial events celebrating our first 100 years. Sea Scouts celebrated a Centennial because of the work of dedicated leaders such as Arthur Astor Carey, Thomas J. Keane, Carl D. Lane and William Menninger. How did they succeed? How can we learn from them as we sail into the future? The first true growth of Sea Scouts started in 1924 when Thomas Keane became the National Director of Sea Scouts. His first mention in the National Reports...

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Why Sea Scouts is Celebrating a Centennial

Sea Scouts, BSA is a century old because of its dedicated volunteers. They are the ones who inspire youth leadership and create opportunities for Sea Scouts. One of those individuals was Charles J. Elliott, from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chuck passed away on November 21, 2012. Chuck had an amazing life. He grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. He joined the Sea Scout Ship Navigator, a sailing whaleboat out of San Francisco. Chuck also had the distinction of Fleet Admiral Nimitz presenting him the Quartermaster Award. Chuck was lifelong friends with one of his...

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Sea Scout Centennial Event After Action Reports

Thank you everyone who organized an Official Sea Scout Centennial Event to honor our Centennial. So far, over 40 events were held across the United States, plus state resolutions passed by California and Massachusetts. Other end of year activities are planned as well. We want to hear from everyone who organized a Centennial Event on their successes and “sea stories.” Please take a moment and share with us your after action...

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Massachusetts Honors Sea Scout Centennial

Governor Deval L. Patrick of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a proclamation making October 8, 2012 Sea Scouts Day in the Bay State. The Governor, in issuing his proclamation, reminded the citizens of Massachusetts that Sea Scouting in the United States began in Massachusetts, that it has grown from one Boy Scout Training Ship to become a national program for young men and young women that promotes our maritime heritage and provides hands-on maritime education, training, and experiences, while partnering with other civic organizations to promote safe boating, environmental conservation and community...

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Back to School & Recruiting

Students across the United States went back to school this week. Every Sea Scout Ship should be planning recruiting events, whether they are visiting Boy Scout Troops, participating in “club day” at their school or hosting a “Welcome Aboard Day.” Here are videos Sea Scouts can use to showcase the many opportunities in our program. What Sea Scouts Means to Me This is a new “concept” Sea Scout promotional video. We are trying a “Voice of the Scout” theme to highlight the opportunities in Sea Scouts. We filmed several Sea Scouts explaining what the program means to each of them. All were excellent and a wonderful reminder of why we all volunteer. William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup Footage from the 2012 “Koch Cup,” held at California Maritime Academy. 60th Ancient Mariner Regatta The “Diamond Jubilee” of the Ancient Mariner Regatta on the USS Hornet. Sea Scouts- Program Overview Program overview of Sea Scouts, including history, opportunities and...

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Sea Scout Crew Spirit

“A Crew which is socially well-adjusted, which has a good time doing things, is a Crew that has a large slice of this essential thing called Crew Spirit” Carl D. Lane, Handbook for Crew Leaders, page 76. Sea Scouts has a social element and is supposed to be fun. Social time should not be mere hilarious shambles or rudderless chaos, but should have light elements. Here are just a few program ideas: Plan instruction through games/competition. Invite guests to make presentations/speak with the crew. Relaxed social gathering at the home of one of your ship’s company. Set up a...

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Sea Scouts to Honor Arthur Astor Carey

Sea Scouts will honor the founder of Sea Scouts in the United States on June 30, 2012 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ceremony will be at Little Harbor Chapel and at Creek Farm, both located on Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth, NH.  Creek Farm was the summer home of Arthur Astor Carey and the Little Harbor Chapel is an “un-denominational chapel” established by Arthur Astor Carey. A brief ceremony will take place at the Little Harbor Chapel followed by a procession down Little Harbor Road to Creek Farm.  Ms. Jennifer Reichle and other direct descendant of Arthur Astor Carey...

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The Original First Class Anchor

The “Sea Scout Badge” was officially adopted as a Sea Scout emblem on August 25, 1913. The logbook from the B.S.S. Pioneer on that date notes the adoption of what would become the First Class Anchor.  The logbook also included a sketch of the then new Sea Scout Badge. The log entry is by Arthur Graham Carey, Arthur Astor Carey’s son, who would later serve as a French ambulance driver in 1914 during World War I. The entire 1913-1914 Pioneer logbook is being digitized and will be available as a PDF download in the near future. The logbook is...

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