No more Tour and Activity Plans!

BSA’s Tour and Activity plans have been eliminated effective April 1, 2017 – see details here.  Remember that this doesn’t mean you don’t need a plan, just that you no longer need to file that particular plan with BSA. For Sea Scouts, one of...

Announcing the 2017-2018 National Boatswain

The National Sea Scout Support Committee announces the selection of Mercedes Matlock of Frederick, Maryland as the 2017-2018 National Sea Scout Boatswain. Her term of office will be from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 She is a member of Ship 59, SSS Sea Dogs,...

Spring 2017 National Sea Scout Log

The Spring 2017 National Sea Scout Log is now available. This issue includes: New Standard Operating Procedures The National Sea Scout Support Committee Needs YOU to Grow Membership! National Director’s Update National Boatswain’s Report Long Cruise Resources...

Applications for Area Boatswain and Yeoman

Don’t forget that applications for Area Boatswain are due on March 15th! You can find the application here. Also, applications are being accepted for Regional and Area Yeoman – those applications are due on April 15th and can be found here. The Area...

Koch Cup Qualifiers

As many of you know, the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup is coming up again in 2018, which means it is time to start planning for regional qualifying races to be held this year. The Southern Region has the opportunity to hold FIVE Qualifying Regattas to...

Thoughts on Successful Ships

Jim Graves, Capitol Area Council Commodore, offers some thoughts on successful ships. He observes: Over the past several years at Minto Rendezvous, Sea Scout Academy and at other council and area events I have been taking my own type of silent survey on units…....

The View from the Quarterdeck: Communication

Imagine that you are sitting across the table from someone. You say something. She doesn’t respond. Again, you speak. Silence. You try a third time. Same result. You have no idea if you have reached her, or if she even cares! How do you feel? Hurt, frustrated,...

Aquatic School – A Week Well Spent

“I’m tough as a pine knot because I am a member of Aquatic School ’16!” These words, a bar from the Aquatic School song, represent how you feel at the end of a week at Aquatic School; unbreakable and fiercely proud of everything you’ve accomplished. This camp pushes...

Seabadge Training ⎯ Unexpected Benefits

As a senior Scouter of 55 years and Chairman of the Pamlico Sea Base Committee of the East Carolina Council, I reviewed the below listed objectives of Seabadge training with interest as I contemplated the question of whether or not a 73 year-old would benefit from...

SEAL Prep Track at Texas Sea Scout Academy

With a record breaking number of attendees at Sea Scout Academy 2017 at Sea Star Base Galveston, only 17 other scouts were able to share my experiences. Track 5, aka SEAL Prep, was an amazing experience that I believe everyone should take as a precursor to SEAL. After...