This is my last Commodore’s Corner as my term officially ends today. Much was accomplished, much remains to be done. My only real regret is that we couldn’t quite manage to get Sea Scout membership into growth mode. Admittedly, these have been challenging times in unprecedented ways – between the Churchill project, the pandemic, and the bankruptcy – so I’m not sure it would have been possible to do better, and we came very, very close. Despite all that, I believe that the Sea Scout program is stronger than ever, and I look forward to seeing the numbers take off in the next few years.
Without question, the true strength of the program is in the people – the adult leadership out there making the program work week after week, and of course the incredible youth that are both our reason for existing, but also our greatest strength and hope. The high point of my term has been the opportunity to work with three superb National Boatswains in Hannah Carter, Aven Alexander and Cassidy Christian, and with their National Quarterdecks. Nothing has given me more hope for the future than seeing their dreams and visions unfold.
I am not going far – I’ll be moving over to the National Commissioner Service Team as the Sea Scout program lead. At all levels of BSA, Commissioners have been among our strongest allies and partners, and I hope to do what I can to help strengthen that connection.
I leave you in good hands, with Ben Feril as National Commodore and Jewell Norris as National Boatswain. I hope that you will support them as you have supported me – I am humbled by how many of you have tried so hard to help and by the passion with which you support Sea Scouts. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you!
Ben, you have the helm. Fair winds!