Rowing and Teambuilding

April 23, 2014 at 3:08 am | Posted in Regattas, Sea Scouts, Whaleboat | Leave a comment
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Sea Scouts have successfully used rowing as a great way to build a group of Scouts into a Sea Scout Ship. Perhaps one of the best examples of rowing as a way to teach teamwork is by learning to race a whaleboat.

Sea Scouts have raced 26 foot monomoy whaleboats for years. Many wooden ones from the 1930s are still in service, but fiberglass ones are lighter and easier to maintain.

The Alameda Sea Scouts hosted a whaleboat racing clinic on April 21, 2014. Three Sea Scout Ships were represented for a full day of regatta practice and quality time on the water learning how to work together as a team.

A 26 foot monomoy whaleboat requires requires a coxswain and a crew of eight Sea Scouts. The coxswain is responsible for exercising smart seamanship in handling the boat and issuing commands to the crew.

The crew must function together for the boat to properly handle. One Sea Scout popping an oar out of a rowlock can bring the boat to a stop; one side overpowering the other will cause to the boat to turn. Learning to work together to steer a straight course and trust are fundamental steps in learning to be a team.

Going fast is fun, but what really matters is learning to work together as a many team.

 

S.S.S. Heatwave Go to the Long Beach Invitational Regatta and University of Scouting

April 14, 2014 at 2:53 am | Posted in Boy Scouts, Regattas, Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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The past month has been a little crazy for S.S.S. Heatwave.

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A week after presenting colors at the Las Vegas Area Council Banquet, we traveled to Long Beach for the Long Beach Invitational Regatta. There we reunited with the Conquest, who we went on Long Cruise with. Together, we competed as one team. We did many events such as navigating, rowing, rowing a boat without rows (which we also did at the Ultimate Venturing Challenge last September), life jacket drills, Taboo, tying a human bowline, knowing the Sea Promise, Jeopardy, and much more! After the competitions, there was Hells Drill. We had pizza with the Conquest and stayed on their boat that night. It was a great event and I made some new friends.

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Then, the week after that, I attended University of Scouting which was put on by the Las Vegas Area Council. It was held at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas. It was an event for leaders to attend trainings for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. Jake from the Raven and I sat up a landship and booth to promote Sea Scouting in our area. We had a lot of fun representing Sea Scouts at the event.

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In addition to those events, we have been selling Las Vegas Area Council campcards like crazy to fundraising for all of our upcoming trips. There’s a lot in store for our ship for the next month and I’m looking forward to it.

 

Sea Scout Promotion on Instagram

April 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Marketing, Recruiting, Sea Scouts | 2 Comments
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Josh_3378Social media gives us a great opportunity to tell the story of Sea Scouts to the world. Many Sea Scouts take photos, from selfies in uniform to sailing with their shipmates, and post to Instagram.

Social Media Coordination

I ask all Sea Scouts for their help in promoting awareness of our outstanding program.

Every Saturday, please post one photo of Sea Scouts in action on Instagram, and share the photo on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook with the hashtags #seascouts and #getonthewater. Together, we can trend on Twitter to promote Sea Scouting.

Photos can be sailing, promoting safe boating by wearing life jackets, working on boats, practicing skills such as knot tying, Bridge of Honors, following the Scout Law, keeping the Sea Promise, or any regular Sea Scout activity.

May 3, 2014 at 1300 PST

Om Saturday, May 3, 2014, let’s all share our adventures together on Insatgram and Twitter. At 1300 PST, whether you are at the Old Salt’s Regatta, Alaska, Hawaii, the Great Salt Lake, Colorado or Arizona, share a Sea Scout photo with the hashtags #seascouts and #getonthewater. Let’s stand together as Sea Scouts and share our adventures.

Joshua Gilliland

Western Region Commodore

Twitter @seascouts100th

 

Spring Recruiting

April 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Recruiting, Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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It is Spring, which means Sea Scouts are thinking of Regattas. Many are looking forward to summer cruises in a few short months. However, every Sea Scout Ship should be thinking about recruiting this Spring.

PacSky-Sea-Scout-WallApril and May are excellent times to schedule presentations to soon-to-be graduating 8th Graders and Boy Scout Troops. Moreover, Sea Scouts should host Welcome Aboard Days in early June, so any prospective Sea Scouts can be invited to an activity with hands-on adventure. A Welcome Aboard Day can include small-boat sailing, rowing in a whaleboat, cruise, barbeque and having fun.

Scheduling a Presentation

Parents on the Ship’s Committee are ideal to make phone calls, email introductions, and schedule a presentation. Many Sea Scouts, Skippers and Mates are extremely busy in Spring, and parental support is an effective way to organize a presentation.

Sea Scouts should prepare presentations with their audience in mind. A Boy Scout Troop generally will want to know about advancement. It is important to highlight how being a Sea Scout can help a Boy Scout on his path to Eagle.

A presentation to graduating 8th Graders should focus on the fact Sea Scouts are co-ed and the opportunities for maritime adventure.

Both audiences want to see action and fun program. Tell a story showcasing adventure and making memories to last a lifetime. Use photos and video to visually explain the adventure in Sea Scouting. Include how being a Sea Scout can help with a career, from being a professional mariner to military service to learning a trade.

Recruiting is a year-round activity. However, Spring is a great time to set-up presentations and organize Welcome Aboard Days to bring in new Sea Scouts for an amazing summer of fun.

The Road to the Ancient Mariner Regatta

March 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Ancient Mariner Regatta, Boats, Sea Scouts, Training | Leave a comment

This month Sea Scout Ship Decisive has done a lot of training and fundraising for the only regatta we go to: the  Ancient Mariner Regatta. It started off with fundraising for our plane tickets we sold coupon books called Makahiki. We sold to parents, teachers, friends, family and even went door  to door in our free time. The first weekend in March we also had a car wash although it wasn’t as successful as we wanted it to be we still managed to make money towards our ticket. At meetings we are busy with regatta training and as a crew were most of the members have never been to a regatta before we need it!

Practicing close order drill

Practicing close order drill

Between fundraising and training spring break was coming up fast, we all knew we had to do something amazing. Our original plans was to go to Niihau (aka the Forbidden Island) which is the island right next top us; unfortunately due to high winds and big swells our skipper deemed it unsafe. After much discussion as a crew we decided to go skurfing (surfing but being pulled by a boat) instead. When the day of skurfing came we had fun in and out of the water all day, and when the sun went down we just sat on the beach and had a bonfire. We ate and celebrated our crew leader Kela’s birthday.

crew members getting off our Sea Fox to land after skrufing

Crew members getting off our Sea Fox to land after skrufing

After skurfing it was back into training mode and back into the usual  fun filled meetings that always leave people in a good mood.

Brittany M.

Decisive Yeoman

Kauai, Hawaii

Chief Seattle Council Sea Scouts Rocks the Docks in Brownsville

March 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Sea Scouts | Leave a comment

Originally posted on Sea Scout Ship Yankee Clipper - Seattle, WA:

Mert Wells Sea Scout Regatta 2014 a Smashing Success

(Brownsville, WA March 25, 2014) Mert Wells Regatta is a time for Chief Seattle Council Sea Scout Crews to shake off the cobwebs of winter and get back out on the boats, doing those things that Sea Scouts do. And that’s just what three dozen Sea Scouts and their leaders did the weekend of March 22nd in Brownsville, North of Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Mert Wells 2014 FUN
Mert Wells 2014 FUN
Mert Wells 2014 kicked off under clouds, but not rain at the Port of Brownsville Marina. Ships from Port Townsend, Seattle, Bellevue, Port Orchard and Edmonds in the Mount Baker Council made the trip by boat, by van and by any way they could. It was all a chance to get outside on the water, get together, and get ready for the Nor’wester Regatta which take place in Oregon late in April…

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Learning, Competing, and Relaxing

March 24, 2014 at 5:30 am | Posted in Advancement, Boats, Regattas, Sailing, Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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Results of Power Squadron
Last Wednesday marked the final week of the US Power Squadron Course. After a quick review, the Sea Scouts took a fifty-question test, which covered the information from both the lectures and textbook.

Sea Scouts must have been able to identify the Coast Guard requirements for legally operating a boat. They have to be able to determine the proper course of action for two vessels meeting each other. For instance, a question might ask the Sea Scout to chose which boat was the stand on vessel. Other questions, covered day shapes, light patterns, and the classes of personal flotation devices (PFDs). To pass, Sea Scouts must score eighty percent or better. Fortunately, the entire class passed with scores of over ninety percent. One scout even earned a perfect score. The entire experience proved extremely educational and United States Scouts should definitely complete the course.

Disneyland Trip
One of the clear perks of being located in Southern California is Disneyland-aka the happiest place in the world. A group of about six or seven Renegades visited Disneyland after a beignet breakfast. There was no charge for the event because a Renegade mother was able to provide tickets for free.

Sea Scouts in their natural environment on Splash Mountain

Sea Scouts in their natural environment on Splash Mountain

 

The Scouts went on many different rides including Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, California Screaming, and Pirates of the Caribbean. After talking to some of the scouts that attended, it was clear that the event was a success with everyone having a wonderful time

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Jeff Adam Memorial Regatta
The Annual Jeff Adam Memorial Regatta was held on March 9th in Dana Point. This regatta’s purpose was to commemorate the life of Jeff Adam: friend, sailor and Sea Scout.

1653750_472046842899963_1413135262_nScouts from all over Southern California were invited and the event was hosted by Sea Scout Ship Mariners. Their mission was to “support youth sailing and further the legacy of a young man that brought a bright spirit to all he encountered”. It was a gorgeous day of racing for the Sabot A, B and C, CFJ, 420, Laser, and Laser Radial classes. The spirit of Jeff Adam was truly honored by this event.

approaching the leeward mark rounding

approaching the leeward mark rounding

The Long Beach Invitational
The Long Beach Invitational was held at the Long Beach Sea Base on March 8th and was a fun, low pressure competition for Scouts in the Southern California Region. This year was the second largest turnout ever with 96 youth and 50 adults.

Scouts pose on the steps of the Long Beach Sea Base

Scouts pose on the steps of the Long Beach Sea Base

The scouts competed in the following events: Taboo, Jeopardy, Knot Tying, Cross River, Signaling, Navigation, Charting, Heaving Line, Sea Promise, Canoeing, Lifejacket, Right of way, Rowing, and Yawl Ketch This. These competitions are very good at teaching and reinforcing scout knowledge in a fun and entertaining way and are very good practice for larger competitions such as the Ancient Mariner Regatta. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed these fun and creative approaches to Sea Scout knowledge and activities. Nautical Taboo, Canoeing, and Cross the River were the most popular events. At the end of the day, Hell Drill was held and George Himmelstein from Calypso was the victor. The combined Sea Scout Ship Renegades/Triton/Del Mar came in first place overall with Morning Star and Mystic Yankee not far behind. Congratulations to the winning ships! A very enjoyable time was had by all.

Hell Drill begins

Hell Drill begins

 

Get on the Water Marketing Competition

March 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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All Western Region Sea Scouts are invited to compete in the first Sea Scout marketing competition in the Western Region. Sea Scouts should use Hero Go Pro (Or Similar) Cameras to “Get on the Water” and show the adventure of being a Sea Scout. Post your videos on YouTube and Tweet them out to @SeaScouts100th with the hash tags #seascouts and #getonthewater.

Last day to Tweet out a video to @seascouts100th by July 1, 2014

Winner announced at the Western Region Bridge on July 26, 2014

S.S.S. Heatwave Leaves the Desert

March 10, 2014 at 12:46 am | Posted in Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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On February 7th and 8th the Las Vegas Area Council Mountain Man Rendezvous was held. Four of our ship members (Jane, Alex, Miranda, and I) attended the event. We worked the event as volunteers with Ship 37, S.S.S. Raven. Four of their members came: Jake, Sarah, Gavin, and Lotario. We also shared a campsite with them.

After arriving on Friday, we assisted with parking and traffic, which was a very important and exhausting job, considering that there were nearly 2,000 scouts coming to attend this event. That night, the temperature was less than 40 degrees.

The next morning, we woke around 700 for breakfast. Since our volunteering shift didn’t start until about 1200, we were free to roam around and check out all the different stations and events. The event offered a great variety of things to do, such as: archery, black powder shooting, knife throwing, tomahawk throwing, wall climbing, whipping, rope making, log throwing, log sawing, and much more.

Later in the day, competitions were held in some categories. If the scout qualified for competition earlier that day, their name was written down and they would come back at a later time to compete. Jake, Alex, Jane and I each qualified to compete. Later, we went to compete. The others covered our shifts while we were away. Jacob, Jane, and I qualified for archery, but unfortunately did not place. However, Alex qualified for both tomahawk and knife throwing. She got 3rd place in both competitions. Towards the end of the day, there was a closing ceremony where they announced the winners of each competition. When they called the names of the winners of the knife and tomahawk throwing, Alex marched proudly up to the stage to receive her medals. The reactions of all the Boy Scouts in the audience were priceless. They were shocked to see that Alex, a girl, had done better than them and placed in competitions at a Boy Scout event.

It was so much fun. I’m really excited to go next year!

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The first weekend of this month, our ship presented colors at the Las Vegas Area Council Annual Dinner. The event was held at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino. Ship 37 helped us with it. Our Joey, Alex, Vaneza, our skipper, and I drove up on Friday night. We reunited with Miranda. Our new member, Emily, was already in Vegas. We went to the movies and then went to our hotel room to get sleep for the event the next day.

On Saturday, we got donuts and worked on getting our uniforms prepared for that night. We went to the mall and went shopping. Afterwards, we met Jake, Gavin, Lotario and the leaders from Ship 37, and we practiced posting. Our setup was different than we thought it would be. At first it was frustrating trying to figure out the new setup along with teaching Lotario, Gavin, and Emily how to post colors correctly. This was their first event doing so. We got it resolved though.

After going back to our rooms and getting dressed, we were finally ready to post colors. We had six flags and two rifles. I was at the podium doing the calls. We did really well. Afterwards, we got to eat. Jake and Joey were chosen to help present the Silver Beaver awards to the recipients. It was a great event. We also retired the colors. Our ships bonded some more that night, but the boys had to go home. Us girls spent another night.

On Sunday, we had breakfast and packed up. Alex, Joey, and Emily went swimming. We said goodbye to Miranda and Emily. Emily was staying to visit family. It was a really fun trip. We can’t wait until next year!

 

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(The article about the Mountain Man Rendezvous was written by Joey Kasper. The article about the LVAC Annual Dinner was written by Jane Silverstein.)

Report on 2014 Western Region Meeting

March 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts | Leave a comment
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This past week, I was invited to Phoenix, Arizona in order to represent the Western Region Sea Scouts at the Teenaged Program Symposium. The meeting mainly focused on maintaining youth participation in venturing programs, and to battle the decline in membership numbers.

The program covered reasons why Scouts are leaving and how we could fix the problems. This resulted in a major breakdown and re-construction of the Venturing values and rank systems. Another large portion of the discussion was about starting up new Crews, Ships, and Explorer groups throughout the region. Many great ideas were shared and everyone walked out with a better idea of program start-ups.

As for my part, I was asked to work together with the Western Region Venturing President, The Regional OA Chief, and an Explorer in preparing a presentation about Modern Technology in Scouting. A large amount of the adult leaders there felt that they were out of touch with current forms of communications and asked us to essentially give them a refresher course.

Panel Discussion on Technology in Scouting

Panel Discussion on Technology in Scouting

We presented various mediums of communication and publicity, ranging from social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and online storage sites such as Dropbox and Google Drive. We told them the advantages and precautions on using each, and offered to help with the setup of said accounts.

After our presentation, they had us sit down and we took turns answering questions about our programs, and how the adults could connect better with their crews. There was a large push into making these programs appeal to more teenagers, and offering a program that will benefit them for the rest of their lives to a further extent.

WR President Stark leading a discussion on older youth programs with representatives from each teen program.

WR President Stark leading a discussion on older youth programs with representatives from each teen program.

Afterwards, Commodore Gilliland and I went over to the Membership Committee Discussion. For that discussion, I was asked to prepare a list of recruiting efforts and retaining efforts that worked, those that didn’t, why they didn’t work, and how we could fix them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the whole meeting, as I had to catch my flight.

Overall, I was amazed at the amount of productiveness and effort put into maintaining these programs, and it was good to see that the programs were in good hands. I learned quite a bit more about recruiting efforts and I hope to implement many of them in my ship. I met many new faces of great people who work tirelessly to keep these programs running, and I hope to further work with them to provide the best programs we can offer.

-Nicolas
Junior Officer
SSS Makai 700

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