Ahoy Scouters!

The beginning of 2016 has been exciting and busy! The Region and I have been working hard to make information and resources available to you. A few weeks ago, we sent out a notice that we needed area and regional youth staff: as of today, I believe that still holds true. I know many of you have reservations in regards to joining a youth corps because either you’re worried about commitments or you’re worried that you don’t have enough experience. Personally, stepping into this job from a unit- I didn’t know what I would be doing or how I was going to accomplish anything with my busy schedule. I can assure you: the adult staff works with you to achieve your goals and manage your time. If you are at all interested, please apply! We still require Area Boatswains, Regional Boatswains Mates, and a Regional Yeoman.

On a more involved note: Saturday January 23, 2016, I had the honor of attending a Venturing conference for Area 2. It is something that I would encourage all youth to consider in the future, I had a lot of fun and made many new friends on top of learning about different venturing events. Specifically for Sea Scouts, we have events such as the WAM, Spring Icebreaker, and the Central Region Rendezvous, details for which can be found on the Central Region Calendar.

In Midland, Michigan, on March 5th, two Quartermasters will receive their rank at a joint Bridge of Honor. I encourage all of you to go if you are able, to congratulate and recognize these outstanding youth who have accomplished such an honorable rank.

By the way, I apologize for the error in the recent Laker Log. I am not the only female Sea Scout in the Central Region who has completed SEAL training. I provided an updated copy of my bio, but it did not get to our newsletter editor.

Fair winds, sunny skies, and wishes for warmer weather!

Yours in Scouting,
Rachael Washburn
CR Boatswain