Bill HamiltonArea Commodore Central RegionArea 3
Bill has been involved in Scouting for almost half a century. (Yes, he recalls being a Sea Explorer) Bill is what we hope for all our male Sea Scouts: an Eagle Scout and he earned the Quartermaster rank. Bill also was awarded the Explorer leadership award as a youth member.
A meaningful experience for Bill was working with the Skipper of his Ship, the late Jack Pierson. Due to Jack’s failing health, Bill ran the meetings, landship ceremonies and advancement program, tasks normally reserved in his ship for the Skipper. He has assisted 4 ship members to attain the Quartermaster award, that’s giving back to a program which has helped him. “Along his scouting journey, there have been a lot of Eagles and Silver awards as well.”
Bill has continued to give back to the program many ways as an adult Scouter. He has served as an assistant scoutmaster, explorer advisor and troop and ship committee member in addition to presently serving as first mate of his present ship. He attended numerous summer camps, went canoeing in the Boundary waters, participated in 11 Philmont expeditions and attended numerous scout summer camps and Swift sea scout summer camp weeks. In his spare time, he serves as a unit commissioner and sailing merit badge counselor. Bill especially loves the time he has spent mentoring youth and on the water.
Bill’s service to Sea scouting goes well beyond service to his home council. Prior to 2016, Bill served as Area 3 Commodore for many years and has staffed numerous sea scout training events and Seabadge courses, serving as course director in 2012. He was a member of the Central region’s inaugural class of Seabadge underway in 2015, his personal favorite learning experience.
Bill holds his Seabadge pin, has completed Seabadge underway and has been recognized for his volunteer efforts with the Venturing Leadership award, a District award of merit and the Silver Beaver.
Bill has stayed with the program because he truly believes in the goals set out in Sea Scouting, and Scouting in general. “Creating ethical leaders for our country and world is important to me. Scouting has allowed me to make some of the best friends I could ever ask for.”
Bill has simple goals for our Central Region: make sure our adults are properly trained, and offer a program which allows Sea scouts to grow and mature into the leaders they were meant to be.
“Sea Scouting should be HARD FUN.”
In his spare time, Bill works as a network engineer for a group doing a major system replacement for a fortune 500 corporation. He holds degrees in information management from Meremac Community College and Washington University.