L Wayne Hastings

Vice Commodore – Service Central Region
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Biographical Info

Wayne got involved with Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1946 in Aurora, Nebraska. He earned all the awards from Bobcat through the Arrow of Light and in 1949 realized a dream by joining Boy Scouts in Troop 131. Boy Scouting was a big thing for Wayne along with getting good grades and playing baseball. Hunting with Dad was a fall activity. He earned his Eagle in March of 1952 with Troop 256 after moving to Seward, Nebraska in 1951. The water in Nebraska is in reservoirs and rivers where Wayne got addicted to canoeing. He finished his youth Scouting experience by attending the 1953 Jamboree in California and ultimately earning a silver palm and becoming a Brotherhood OA member in the Golden Sun Lodge in Nebraska.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a business degree, Wayne went east of the Mississippi River to begin a 40 year career with Detroit Edison. In his initial years in Michigan, Wayne earned a MBS from the University of Michigan and married Barbara. They have 3 grown daughters. In 1966, he got back into Scouting as Scoutmaster of Troop 250 in St. Clair, MI, where 6 Scouts earned their Eagle before Detroit Edison transferred Wayne back to Detroit. Troop 250 camped out in tents once every month year around during the 4 years he was their Scoutmaster. Wayne earned the Scoutmasters Key and was selected to be an Assistant Scoutmaster on the 1971 World Jamboree Troop going to Japan. Five Troop 250 Scouts attended the BSA Jamboree in Idaho where Wayne was able to visit them while on vacation the same year the first man walked on the moon.

Working in Detroit resulted in moving to Livonia in 1971 and Wayne continued Scouting. First he was an ASM with Troop 270 and then with Troop 390 as ASM and SM. He also helped scouting as the Gemini District and Detroit Area Council advancement chair and was on district roundtable and camporee staffs. Scouting rewarded Wayne by selecting him to be an ASM for National Jamboree Troops in 1973, 1977, and 1981 plus another World Jamboree in Norway in 1975.

On the non-Jamboree years, Wayne attended Wood Badge at D Bar A in 1974 and trekked in BSA National High Adventure Bases, Philmont, Northern Tier (Charles Sommers, Region 10 Canoe Base) and Maine Canoe Base (no longer a National High Adventure Base). He was recognized with a Silver Beaver in 1980. Then employment interfered with scouting when Wayne was assigned to the nuclear plants operational transitional team and did not have time to participate actively with the Scouts. When nuclear plant job effort started to return to a normal hours job, a friend offered Wayne the chance to join a sailboat racing crew and the water hooked him for life.

After retiring from DTE in 2001, Wayne decided it was time to do another Philmont trek in 2006 so he returned to Scouting as a Unit Commissioner for two Sea Scout Ships in Port Huron because he had been sailing for over 20 years on a frequent basis including sailing in the ocean off Florida in the winter months. Formal training was required to earn the Sea Scouters’ Training Award so Wayne took the USCG-A Safe Boating Course and SSABLT taught by Commodore Mac Neal. Mac talked Wayne into establishing a program for Sea Scouts to help racers return their sail boats back to Port Huron from Mackinac Island after the big race beginning in 2011. Then since 2012 was the Sea Scout 100 Year Anniversary, Wayne talked Boys’ Life into participating in the Sea Scout Centennial Event which resulted in returning boats from Mackinac Island becoming the Boys Life cover story in May 2013. After spending a week on the water with Missouri Sea Scouts, Wayne got enthused about helping them with sailing activities for several years at both S Bar F, Swift Sea Scout Aquatics camp and Central Region Area 3 annual Rendezvous. When Water and Woods Field Service Council had an need for another leader for the contingent going on a Florida Sea Base islands cruise adventure, Wayne signed up and attended. This qualified Wayne for the national Triple Crown Award for participating on treks in d different BSH High Adventure bases. In 2015, Wayne received the Water and Woods Field Service Council Venture Leader Award for his work with Sea Scouts. He received the Central Region Commodores Award in 2016.

Wayne’s Sea Scout activities showed a benefit was available with more training so it was on to the SBU-10-NY-2011 on Long Island Sound and SB-11-IN-2012 in Angola, IN. When SB-22-MI-2015 was held in Area 2, Wayne helped staff the course. After having sailing experience in both fresh and salt water sailing races and Scouting adventures, Wayne obtained BSA National approval for holding SBU-17-MI-2015 and being the course coordinator on the Michigan Crossroads Council ketch, Retriever, which visited northern Lake Huron ports. This was the first SBU course ever conducted on fresh water. Commodore Charles Wurster was the Course Director and wanted see SBU continue on the Great Lakes so Wayne compiled the required info (preparing a log of 1,332 days of sailing) for approval to become a SBU Course Director and hold SBU-18-MI-2016.

Since the 2014 Koch Cup did not have a participating Crew from Central Region Area 2, Wayne decided to fix that situation in 2016. After obtaining Ship 1148 agreement to host the Motor City Regatta as a qualifying regatta, Wayne became the Central Region Koch Cup Coordinator. Four qualifying regattas were held in the Central Region in 2015. There are 8 Central Region teams participating and representing 4 different CR Areas and seven different Ships in 2016.

While being the Unit Commissioner for Council Ships, My.Scouting.org was announced in 2013 and Wayne was fascinated by its possibilities to benefit Scouting. Then Commissioner Tools came in 2015 and Wayne became an Assistant Council Commissioner so he could help more Scouters start using these tools. This led to Wayne attending 2 BSA National Annual Meetings and 2 yearly Commissioner Weeks at Philmont and 1 week at the Florida Sea Base learning about digital scouting tools. In addition to teaching the Sea Scouting module in the Commissioner Colleges in Michigan, Wayne earned his Masters of Commissioner Science in 2013. He taken nearly all of the BSA on-line training including the new Cub and Venturing Leader modules and is current in those trainings that expire including Wilderness First Aid and Trainers’ EDGE so he can help Sea Scout Ships and other units.

Wayne is currently the Central Region Area 2 Commodore and the Executive Officer with the AP plus proficiency in the Port Huron Sail and Power Squadron where he continues to take courses every year. He is also an active member of the Port Huron Yacht Club and a member of their Computer Committee. He regularly races sail boats in Lake Huron. In Jan 2016, he completed 35 years in both Scouting and sailing. Wayne has assisted 9 youth from 4 Central Region Areas when they earned their Quartermaster rank.

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