The 2018-2019 Western Region Boatswain is Hannah Carter from the Sea Scout Ship Mariners, based in Dana Point, California and the Orange County Council.

WR Boatswain Hannah’s term begins over Memorial Day Weekend. Hannah has served as one of the WR Boatswain’s Mates, is a graduate of SEAL, and competed in the William I Koch International Sea Scout Cup. Below please find Hannah’s welcome message outlining her goals:

Hi, my name is Hannah Carter and I’m excited to be your Western Region Boatswain. I’m from Ship 936 in Dana Point and will be a junior next year in high school. I’m finishing up the last requirements for Able rank and expect to be done in June and then will start on my Quartermaster. I have two main initiatives as WR Boatswain to accomplish in the upcoming year.

First, I want to see a greater presence for Sea Scouts on social media. Those of us who are in Sea Scouts are the best advocates for the program, showing and telling people about what we do and why we love this program. Social media is the key to spreading the word. My plan is to provide an editorial calendar of topics for my Boatswains Mates and ship leadership to talk about on social media so we’re all saying the same thing, but in our own voices. This can be very powerful in influencing potential Sea Scouts to get involved.

My second initiative is recruitment. I believe Sea Scouts is the best-kept secret in youth leadership and social programs. Recruitment efforts will take three forms: a media outreach to publications within the backyard of ships, open houses to help introduce Sea Scouts to prospective students and their parents, and mentoring new ships.

Watch for more information to come from your Western Region Boatswain, as I get ready to take office. We are still recruiting some Western Region Boatswain Mates, so please apply quickly for consideration.

Yours in Scouting,

Hannah Carter

Western Region Boatswain 2018-2019

WR Sea Scouts who are interested in serving as a Boatswain’s Mates can complete the form below to learn more.