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Ship 1942 “Dragonlady” Honored With
2014 Boat US and the Sea Scouts, BSA National Flagship Award

BoatUS and Sea Scouts, BSA recognize Sea Scout Ship 1942 “Dragonlady of Arlington, Virginia of the

National Capital Area Council as the recipient of the 2014 Boats and the Sea Scouts, BSA “National Flagship” Award. The award was created by BoatUS in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting. It is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment. It is because of these attributes, as reflected by “Dragonlady’sexemplary program of seamanship and youth development, that we honor them with this award.

Heartfelt congratulations go to Ship 1942 Boatswain Philip Whittlesey, their Skipper Tom Ballew, and the dedicated crew and the many adult volunteers of “Dragonlady.” Sea Scout Ship 1942 “Dragonlady’s” name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy will be presented to the Ship at an appropriate public gathering in the National Capital Area Council.

The “2014 National Flagship” award is the third time Ship 1942 is in the BSA national spotlight, as Ship 1942 was also the “2007 National Flagship” and was one of the ships named to the “2012 Flagship Fleet.” Ship 1942 annually meets the Journey to Excellence (JTE) “Gold” level and has been a Northeast Regional Standard Ship since 2002.  

Ship 1942 is a large, co-ed unit with a historic average of 40 youth members. At the 2014 rechartering, Ship 1942 had 27 youth members but recruiting is always strongest during the spring months and the goal is to bring the membership back to 40 youth members. Ship 1942 has 15 sailboats, twelve of which are named after the Scout Law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, etc. They range in size from the training fleet of six 19-foot Flying Scot vessels to the 30-40-foot cruiser-size sloops in Solomon’s, Maryland. Ship 1942 sails the Flying Scots out of their home port at the Washington Sailing Marina just north of Old Town Alexandria, VA in sight of the Washington Monument.

Ship 1942 is blessed with 35 very passionate registered adult volunteers - Skipper, Mates, and Committee Members, 33 of whom are fully trained for their positions of responsibility, with a combined total of hundreds of years of experience and thousands of miles of off-shore sailing.

In 2013, Ship 1942 youth spent 68 days on the water with 36 of those days involving an overnight activity. The Quarterdeck Officers met a total of 17 times to plan their activities which included an additional 26 nights of tent camping and 14 nights of cabin camping. The annual 9-day Long Cruise was planned out by the Quarterdeck for a roundtrip voyage of 350 miles from Solomon’s, MD to the northern-most reaches of the Chesapeake Bay and back.

In 2013, Ship 1942 promoted its 19th Quartermaster since 2004, sent its 30th teen off to successfully navigate through the rigorous Sea Scout SEAL leadership training, and gave its 11th youth member the opportunity to sail aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Braque Eagle. Ship 1942 conducted a “teentaught” ILSS training for the entire unit. Also, youth members attended as students or served on staff for both NYLT and NAYLE. In 2014, Ship 1942 is sending its 9th Sea Scout off to a military service academy. This latest one is going to West Point but 3 of their past Sea Scouts have gone to the U.S. Naval Academy, 3 to the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1 to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and 1 to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Through the “Wounded Warrior” program and the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron, in fall 2013, Ship 1942 hosted many U.S. veterans from Afghanistan undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and their families for a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and a sunset Bar-B-Q picnic.

Ship 1942 participated in the annual Northeast Regional Bridge of Honor and Sea Scout Ball; took 1st place in the eastern seaboard’s Henry Nygard Regatta; hosted Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers for introductory sails; provided merit badge instruction in small boat sailing, oceanography, and weather to over 80 Boy Scouts in the semi-annual recruiting Open House called “Merit Badges Afloat,” and provided assistance to other ships throughout the region in their annual advanced nautical training weeks of “Camp Able” and “Life Guard Certification.” Youth members received their Quartermaster, Eagle Scout, and Venturing Silver awards, conducted hundreds of hours of community service projects, and completed several U.S. Power Squadron seamanship and navigation training courses.

Bravo Zulu to Ship 1942 Boatswain Philip Whittlesey, Skipper Tom Ballew, their Charter Organization St. George’s Episcopal Church (Arlington, Virginia), Executive Officer the Most Reverend Shearon Williams, and Charter Organization Representative Davis Jones for their outstanding support of the teen youth on the water program. For more details about their program, go to http://www.seascout1942.com.

2014 Flagship

The 2014 National Flagship Fleet was also selected and wishes to recognize the following Sea Scout Ships for their outstanding programs for this past year:

  • Ship378 ‘The Dawn Treader’, Flint River Council, Newnan American Legion Post 57, Georgia
  • Ship 450 ‘Heatwave’, Las Vegas Area Council, Lake Havasu City Outrigger Canoe Club, Arizona
  • Ship 601 ‘City of Roses’, Cascade Pacific Council, Fleet Reserve Association, Branch #55, Oregon
  • Ship 678 ‘Tsunami’, Cascade Pacific Council, Battle Ground Elks, Oregon

Congratulations to each of these ships for their great programs in the past. We look forward to their continued involvement with the Sea Scout program around the country.




This award for Sea Scouts has been implemented as a part of the special activities a Sea Scout can participate in during times when they are not engaged in their nautical programs. It is designed to give programming for the ship when they are not able to get on the water, as extracurricular program.

A Sea Scout would begin with the Basic Shooter requirements. He or she chooses which discipline or disciplines they would like to participate in. Note that they can choose to learn how to shoot more than one firearm. A special “Sea Scout Shooting Sports Medal” is being designed to be earned after a Sea Scout earns their first level, no matter what discipline they shoot. From the main medal, we would have small medal bars that would hang off of this original medal. The bar would state what the discipline is they shot and the level they are currently at. For an example, there would be 4 Bars for each discipline – i.e.: Rifle –Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Each discipline would have these 4 bars. The Sea Scout would only wear the bar for the highest level they have achieved. If the Sea Scout shoots all 3 disciplines, they could only have a maximum of 3 bars hanging off of their medal showing the highest level achieved for each discipline.

Marksmanship Medals

Downlaod the Sea Scout Marksmanship Program Requirements and the Sea Scout Marksmanship Award Order Form 430-934_Fillable

CaliforniaTeamTakes 2014 William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup

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Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock presents the Koch Cup trophy to Skipper Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush along with Dr. William I Koch

LONG BEACH – For the fifth time in seven regattas, a California team has won the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, narrowly beating the strongest field of sailors in the history of the event. The week long sailing regatta was held at the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and Long Beach Yacht Club from June 21-28th.

The biennial regatta was so close that the winners were decided after the last race in Alamitos Bay. Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush of Ship 90 in Newport Beach, California defeated Alex Schwinn and William Cassara of Ship 809 in Keller, Texas and won the silver trophy by a single point. Third place went to Liz Fletcher and David Cornella of Ship 936 in Dana Point, California.

Brough and Roudebush who are members of the SSS Renegades thanked the Sea Scout program for introducing them to sailing. Brough, 17, of Orange, is going into his senior year in high school. Roudebush, 18, of Newport, will attend UCLA in the fall where she will be a member of the sailing team.

"I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that Sea Scouts and sailing have given me to grow as both an individual and a team member," Roudebush said. "The Koch Cup experience represented the leadership skills Sea Scouts have taught me."

"Sea Scouts has given me a lifelong passion for sailing," Brough said. "The Koch competition - just as awesome as winning the trophy was coming away with so many friendships with scouts from around the world. I would compete again next time knowing that win or lose I'll still come out ahead."

This event is the second Koch Cup regatta for Roudebush and Brough's first. Roudebush competed two years ago when the regatta was hosted by the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California.

Named after William I. Koch, the Palm Beach businessman who won the 1992 America's Cup, the weeklong sailing event brings Sea Scouts together from around the world to build camaraderie and friendship. More than 70 young men and women from 10 countries converged upon the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and the Long Beach Yacht Club, sailing two member CFJ's on courses in Long Beach harbor and Alamitos Bay. The event was underwritten by Oxbow Carbon LLC, which has operated a carbon storage facility in Long Beach harbor for the past four decades.

Sea Scouts from Brazil, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States competed in light to moderate winds. Sailors were divided into two flights, the championship flight which comprised the Koch Cup. A consolation flight was established in 2002, allowing sailors to compete for a Maori carved statue known as the Kiwi Cup.

The winners of the Kiwi Cup were Andrew Berkowitz and Isabella Rudow of Ship 441, Queens, New York. Second place went to Shawn Sovie and Nathan Cullinan of Ship 41 in Lakewood, Ohio. Connor Stewart and Dan Schmidtke of Ship 45 in Pearland, Texas placed third.

In the United States, Sea Scouts is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21. Scouts form Ships and learn leadership through seamanship. In 2000, the Sea Scouts program asked Bill Koch if he would be interested in reviving a national sailing competition that had been dormant since World War II.

Koch requested that the regatta be open to Scouts from around the world in order to foster international understanding and camaraderie. He commissioned a trophy from Asprey Garrard's, the silversmith who made the original America's Cup trophy, and donated it to the Boy Scouts of America. The Koch Cup now resides in the Norman Rockwell room at the national Boy Scout Museum in Irving, Texas.

Scouts Teddy Carter and Sarah Wyman of Dana Point, California, and Kester Wade and Andrew Agard of Trinidad and Tabago were nominated by their fellow Scouts for the Sportsmanship award. Scouts Gemma McDowell and Sarah McKernan of Malahide, Ireland and Nicholas Harvey and Connor Woodhouse of Johannesburg, South Africa won the Spirit awards.

Press Contact: Brad Goldstein
Oxbow Carbon LLC
(561) 907-5422
(561) 310-4642 (cell)


1st Place

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Newport Beach, Calif. USA

1st Place

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Queens, NY USA


2nd Place

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Keller, Texas USA


2nd Place

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Lakewood, Ohio USA


3rd Place

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Dana Point, Calif. USA


 3rd Place

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Pearland, Tx USA



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Dana Point, CA USA

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1st Trinidad Sea Scouts
Trinidad & Tabago



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Malahide, Ireland

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Johannesburg, So. Africa   

Contact: Brad Goldstein
(561) 907-5400 (Ext.5422)
(561) 310-4642 (Mobile)


Voice of the Sea Scout Survey

The National Sea Scout Boatswain is looking for your input, along with the input from all your shipmates! We need your voice in order to set a course for the future of Sea Scouting. In order for your voice to be heard, your need to fill out the "Voice of the Sea Scout" Survey and encourage your entire ship to do the same. From programs, to technology, advancement and more, we want to know what you think! The survey should take you less than 30 minutes to complete but could bring a lasting impact to our program.

Take the Survey Here! http://goo.gl/S6oRJk

Peter Schmidt
National Boatswain



The National Sea Scout Support Committee is pleased to announce that a new online resource is now available to Sea Scouts and Sea Scout leaders. The resource is called “Sea Scout Wiki” and is built on the same software that supports the popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.

Sea Scout Wiki http://wiki.seascout.org is an online forum for sharing success stories and best practices for promoting BSA’s Sea Scout program. Sea Scout Wiki is built by Sea Scouts and leaders who have experience with making Sea Scouting work well … and having fun doing it. If you would like to get involved in building Sea Scout Wiki, email National Committeeman Bruce Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A link to Sea Scout Wiki is being added to the Sea Scouts BSA website. Over time the Wiki will be fully integrated into the Sea Scouts BSA website. Let us know how we can improve the wiki to make more useful to you.


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