Tags: Newport Sea Base, Newport Sea Base Youth Racing Team, racing, Sailing, Sea Scout, sunkist series
In addition, the team routinely practices in CFJs, which are coincidentally also the boats for the William I Koch International Sea Scout Cup in the summer of 2014. Most successful yacht racers are based in a foundation of years of highly competitive youth dinghy sailing. While yacht racing regularly receives more fame, racers are made in dinghy circuits. It is paramount for any new yacht racer to maintain their dingy skills and they should continue to take part in small boat regattas. For example, Australian Tom Slingsby and British Ben Ainslie are both successful Olympic dinghy sailors and both used their strong foundation in dinghy racing to aid Oracle Team USA in successfully defending the America’s Cup. The Newport Sea Base Youth Racing Team boasts two teams who have qualified for the 2014 Koch Cup.
(The team posing for a pre-race photo)
On Sunday November 3rd, the team arrived at the Newport Sea Base, excited to compete in Sunkist #1, the first of four races in the series. Our course was a random leg race starting in the harbor, going out to Newport Pier, and finishing inside the harbor near Pirate’s Cove. We rigged, practiced setting the spinnaker in the harbor, and sailed to the start. Despite starting complications, we were off around 1pm, making our way through the harbor, past the jetty, toward the bright tetrahedron bobbing off Newport Pier. As we made our way back into the harbor from the picturesque seal buoy we struggled to locate the tiny finish line off to the right of the channel. Once we located the finish line, we crossed it with cheers of joy blending with the accompanying horn blast.
A lot of fun was had by all as we worked on our communication, developed crew teamwork, and refined our racing skills. The whole crew is looking forward to participating in the upcoming Sunkist races. The team also is planning to take part in a variety of lengthy offshore races including the internationally renowned Border Run and Islands Race.
(The crew displaying exemplary teamwork, de-rigging and putting away gear in less than an hour)
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Safe Boating, Sailing, Sea Scouts
By Kimberly Livers SDIC VOA President
On the sands of Fiesta Island sounds of laughter and fun echoed from the Youth Aquatic Center where over two hundred scouts participated in three days of non-stop excitement. On October 4-6 the San Diego Imperial Council Venturing Officers Association (VOA) hosted Island Adventure for yet another year.
After a years’ worth of planning from both Youth Shelby Gererazzo and Advisor Roashelle Rose who devoted much of their time and energy to ensure the success of this annual event, it was a hit amongst youth and adults alike.
According to Generazzo Island adventure has been completely revamped. “It is meant to be a weekend of fun. No longer will we be having classes in the morning to teach skills instead we replaced the classes with rotations of games, a bounce house obstacle course and a Velcro wall. We want Island Adventure to be fun and extremely hands on,” said Gererazzo. This major change in activities was a huge success amongst the youth that attended Island adventure.
Island Adventure gave Ventures, Sea Scouts, and Boy Scouts from San Diego Imperial Council, Imperial and Long Beach to come together, socialize, and make new friends. This was the very first time that scouts from outside of San Diego Imperial Council traveled to Fiesta Island to take part in the SDIC event. Island Adventure is truly a unique social opportunity where scouts can meet new people and make new connections within the scouting world.
The VOA was fortunate to be assisted by Ship 1886 who ran the water front. At the event the ship patrolled and acted as lifeguards and leaders. The sea scouts had the opportunity to teach Ventures how to sail catamarans as well as proper water safety practices.
The ship was able to help and give those who participated the opportunity to use kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, wind surfing boards, and catamarans on the waterfront throughout the day.
According to Generazzo, “It was hectic and at some points stressful. But the experience has helped me to learn more about leadership and I’m so glad I had the chance to use the skills I learned at NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).” Overall the weekend was very successful and entertaining for all who attended.
Tags: Albatross, Pirate, Regatta, Sea Scout
On November 4th, 2013, The Sea Scout Ship Albatross hosted their 4th annual Pirate’s Regatta complete with eye-patches, gold coins, regatta practice, and plenty of shenanigans.The Albatross sea base was decorated with plenty of skulls, ghosts, and tombstones to set the mood for the day to come. Below: an intense game of “codes with friends”
The regatta was kicked off by Karen Murphy, a dedicated scout mom and event coordinator, as she stated that the crews present were to be divided into teams consisting of members from both the SSS Albatross and the Sea Scout Ship Makai. Four teams were created, all with an Albatross Junior Officer at the head. Ms. Murphy then explained that each new team was to move from event to event in a sequence, which began at the event named, “swim with the fishies.”
Swim with the fishies is always one of the most enjoyed events at the Pirate Regatta due to the fact that it requires a crew member to don swimming goggles and stick their face into a pie tin full of blue cool-whip. The goal is to find roughly ten (the number is subject to change every year) Swedish Fish candies within the filled tin, remove them with your mouth, and release the fishies into a small fish bowl placed beside the tin. Another factor of this event is one simple thing, which is explained by the following equation:
goggles + scout x cool-whip = virtual blindness.
So, as one can imagine, the scout attempting to find these fish and spit them out into the fish bowl cannot see where anything is, so the solution is often to find the pie tin or the fishbowl with one’s face. It’s very fun to be involved in, but in some ways it’s even more fun to just watch.
After the cleanup of this event, there was the rubber ducky race in which pirate-themed rubber duckies are placed in closed gutters filled with water and are pushed to the other end of the gutter in a relay fashion via squirt guns.
Typically this event ends in a water fight, which is always welcomed.
Teams are cycled through a few usual regatta events such as rope climb, bosun’s chair, and compass after the rubber ducky race.
Below: Julia C. (muffs) of the Albatross rides the zipline of Breechers’
When all the teams complete these events, a large bucket-brigade relay is launched where the teams race against the clock to move water from one bucket to the next; only they use coconuts to transport the water, to keep within the islander-pirate theme. The day was ended by an Albatross spin-off game of “Words With Friends,” using wooden tiles colored to look like code flags, and a much anticipated breeches buoy run.
What was anticipated more than the breeches buoy run, however, was the dinner awaiting the ridiculously hungry Sea Scouts.
The dinner was a classic albatross feast of tri-tip, potato salad, and brownies seeming to go on for days. After the dinner was the pirate dance, Dj’d by a crew leader off of the hosting scout ship. The scouts danced the night away in the ‘tross garage (which was decorated to resemble an underwater reef full of pirate treasure and colorful fish). Outside a bonfire was lit for all of those born with two left feet. But, no matter the place, all scouts concluded the night with laughs and smiles.
Above: Julia being caught by Erik R. of the Albatross
(The zipline went faster than she anticipated)
Hi. I’m Jane from Ship 450 in Arizona. Our ship’s name is S.S.S. Heatwave. If you’ve ever been to Arizona, you would understand why.
We are one of two ships in the Las Vegas Area Council. We have six active scouts, five high school sophomores and one senior. We have been in existence since December 2011.
So far we have participated in a long cruise through the Channel Islands with the S.S.S. Conquest from California; went to our council’s Mega Expo; won our council’s Ultimate Venturing Challenge our first time and went to many other events.
Our Ship is very close. Vaneza, Alex, and Miranda have all participated in our high school’s marching band. I have been friends with Alex since Kindergarten. I was in Girl Scouts with Miranda. Alex has been close friends with Vaneza and Joey for a long time. Zach, Joey, Alex, and I make videos together all the time. Vaneza, Joey, Alex, and I all went to Yosemite National Park this past summer. With a lot of persistence, I convinced them to join me and Miranda in our ship.
I would like you to meet our great diverse crew:
Alex is in our marching band’s color guard. She wants to be a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. She is our ship’s Yeoman.
Vaneza plays clarinet in our schools marching band. She is willing to try anything. She won’t say no to a challenge. She joined about 2-3 months ago.
Zach is in our school’s drama club and advanced acting class. He also does some great voices impressions. He joined our ship last month.
Miranda plays trumpet. She also was a lifeguard at our town’s aquatic center. She is our ship’s Boatswain and was one of our first members.
Joey plays violin, piano, clarinet, some guitar, and is learning how to play even more instruments. She recently took up golf and had perfect attendance in school last year. She is our Purser.
I am on my school’s yearbook staff and I am on the board of my school’s Renaissance program and Studio Club. I am also an independent in Girl Scouting and I volunteer with a non-profit in our town at a youth center. I am the ship’s Boatswains Mate of Administration.
We recently received a 25ft MacGregor sailboat. This vessel will be named S.S.S. Heatwave. We washed it, waxed it, slept in it, and eventually got it into the water. I think it is still floating.
We had a lot of fun working on it. Alex, Joey, and I slept in it for two days while it was on the trailer in Alex’s front yard, so it has a cabin suitable for sleeping if you have an extension cord, two laptops, lots of food, and a restroom facility less than 30 seconds away. We are very grateful for our new boat because it was a donation and came in good condition. We are excited for the adventures we will have with our new Ship.
That is a little introduction to our crazy Ship. If you actually meet us, I guarantee that you will think we are crazy, but we are one big happy, crazy Sea Scout family that I am grateful of. Oh yes, it is the month of Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I get to participate in Sea Scouts with some of my closest friends. We may get mad at each other occasionally, but if we were stranded in the middle of the ocean in a life raft, I would rather be with them than a Bengal tiger. I hope everyone is as thankful for their Sea Scout Ship as I am.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Sea Scout, Sea Scouts, Venturing (Boy Scouts of America)
Aloha Sea Scouts!
S.S.S. Decisive here and wow; so much has happen since we saw most of you at AMR. We had our summer cruise and that was so much fun. There was never a dull moment and it was an amazing experience (one I personally will never be able to forget). For 10 days we cruised around the island of Oahu stopping at 5 beautiful bays/docks.
Shortly after summer cruise it back to school for all of crew. School starting means 2 things for Decisive: 1. We have to balance school, family, work and, Sea Scouts; and 2. Petty officer elections.
So now back in class and with new leader ship positions means we had to learn one more thing than our peers; how to be a leader. That weekend we had quarterdeck training or petty officer academy as we call it, we stayed on our boat for the weekend and learned so many things about how to be a leader people want follow and are willing to listen to.
During petty officer academy we got a chance to take a break and help the surf rider company by use in our 16 foot luxury fishing vessel to help pull in a fishing buoy that had broken it’s mooring line and drifted on the rocks by a near by beach.
Two weeks later we embarked on our Labor Day cruise and our bring a friend cruise. Our yeoman didn’t know whether to call it Labor Day cruise or bring a friend cruise so she asked our JO and he said “Labor your friends cruise”. And what a blast that was we saw dolphins every on the cruise one of the JO’s and one of our crew members actually got to touch a wild dolphin.
Two weeks later we met up again to go skurfing (surfing but being towed by a boat) and tubing. It was so much fun some of the crew got sunburned but everyone had so much fun playing in and on the water.
Shortly after this event our skipper went to visit our XO and active duty coast guard in Kodak, Alaska. Skipper being gone doesn’t stop decisive from having fun! We met up with our local Venturing Crew and went zip lining. It was such a adrenaline filled experience to be zipping over tall trees and small rivers knowing that the only thing keeping you safe was a piece of rope. ( sadly I couldn’t find a good picture) next we had Rank Advancement Weekend, RAW for short, and all of our crew is so close to advancing is scary.
I bet you’re thinking wow they did all of this? We sure did and I’m still not caught up. We went skurfing and tubing again in celebration of a shipmate visiting us from Arizona. Just like before it was fun but this time we closed the day with a bonfire on the beach and enjoying each others company and conversation.
After this we had a few recruiting events and of course our regular meetings. we have so fun together and we always make so many memories, that our crew will keep for their lifetimes and with so much more in store for the future its hard to not be excited so until next time.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Safe Boating, Sea Scout
Safety @ Sea was started in San Francisco in 1993. Dedicated Sea Scout leaders had the goal of providing hands-on maritime safety instruction for Sea Scouts. Safety @ Sea weekends have now been held in Hawaii, Texas, Baltimore and San Diego.
The 20th Safety @ Sea was actually the 21st time it has been held. The event was originally held in February. We moved S@S to October after one very stormy winter, which resulted in the event being held twice in one year.
We had perfect weather for Safety @ Sea 2013. Sea Scouts enjoyed training stations learning pipe patching, flare launching, fire fighting, survival suit training and how to rig a tow line between boats. Every Sea Scout had been drenched several times before the day was over.
A mid-afternoon ice cream sandwich break brought smiles to Sea Scouts and Coasties alike. We catered Outback Steakhouse for dinner and fed everyone in about one hour.
Dedicated volunteers worked very hard at the training stations and in the galley for all of the Sea Scout attendees. We look forward to our continued service to youth for Safety @ Sea 2014.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Sea Scouts
The National Scout Museum in Irving, Texas celebrates Sea Scouts in several exhibits. I always walk through the Museum before the National Sea Scout Committee meeting as a reminder of why I volunteer as a Sea Scout.
Here are the highlights:
The historical timeline of the Boy Scouts highlights our founding.
The uniform collection includes a Sea Scout uniform, with post World War II patches, that honor the Sea Scout Ship Kansan.
The First 40 Years
The BSA Museum added a Explorer Exhibit including treasures of Sea Scouting for our Centennial.
The most notable was the 1939 Log for the Sea Scout Ship Kansan. For those not familiar with the Kansan, she was the most successful ship in our history. The Kansan was National Flagship twice, one as the honorary Flagship and produced a large number of Eagle Scouts and Quartermasters. The Skipper was William Menninger, famous in Sea Scouts for the 1939 Handbook for Skippers and founding the Menninger Foundation.
The New Century
The Exploring exhibit on Sea Scouts contains an unintended warning: Sea Scout history shares the same space as the Air Scouts.
We have a duty to ensure Sea Scouts grow in the years ahead and not become a memory relegated to a museum exhibit like the Air Scouts.
There has been a disturbing fact for the last four years: we have had an annual decline of 5% each year. The simple fact is our program has been shrinking. In the Western Region alone our numbers have declined by 10% between June 2012 to June 2013.
It is time to take action and ownership of recruiting. I will be appointing a task force as part of our new Western Region Strategic plan to address recruiting and retention. Our theme for the coming year is growth.
If you would like to help, please contact me using the form below.
Tags: Cruise, Sea Scouts, Western Region
Summer cruise is one of the defining elements of every successful Sea Scout Ship. What did you do? Where did you go? What training did you conduct?
Sea Scouts have had summer cruises since the days of the Boy Scout Ship Pioneer off Massachusetts. Below is the 1924 National Report highlighting the three two week summer cruises the SSS Essex took with over 60 Sea Scouts:
Please share your 2013 Summer Cruise “Sea Stories” in the form below for inclusion in the Western Region Cruise Report to National. Highlight all of the places you went, the number of youth onboard and training activities you conducted underway. We need all submissions by September 19, 2013.
Joshua Gilliland, Western Region Commodore
Dear Western Region Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts,
I look forward to serving as your Regional Commodore. I want to thank Glen Meskimen for his extremely hard work in uniting the Region for the first time in over 40 years.
About My Time in Sea Scouts
I grew up on the SSS Gryphon in Redwood City, California. My first meeting was on February 12, 1991. My Quartermaster was approved by National on February 14, 1994.
I am on the National Sea Scout Support Committee as the Chairman for Boy Scout Council Development Task Force. In 2012, I chaired the Sea Scout Centennial Task Force. I am also on the Executive Board for the Pacific Skyline Council. I served as the chairman of the Ancient Mariner Regatta on the USS Hornet in 2007 and from 2011 to 2013. I have been heavily involved in the Safety @ Sea Weekend since 1997.
I attended Seabadge in 2000 and have been awarded the District Award of Merit, the Venturing Leadership Award and the Silver Beaver.
Second Star on the Right
We have a bright future. There are at least 3 million youth eligible to be Sea Scouts in the Western United States. Our potential customer base is virtually unlimited given the approximate 2,000 Sea Scouts currently in our Region.
Our Regional professionals and volunteers want to see Sea Scouts grow. My immediate goals are to recruit volunteers, develop program support materials and deliver resources on our YouTube “sailwestward.”
I am reaching out to alumni in education, marketing/communication and the maritime industries for help. If you know of any alumni who would like to help for specific projects, but do not have the time to volunteer with a ship, please contact me in the form below.
One friend who is a Cub Scout parent and is an executive in a court-reporting firm has agreed to be the copy editor for our white papers. Another Sea Scout leader who is a high school teacher will put together a lesson plan on Ordinary Piloting for Skippers and Mates. My goal is to have at least one white paper or YouTube resource a month. Please let me know if you would like to help.
Finding Where We Need Help
We have a very diverse Region. We have many challenges that are different, but also many overlapping issues. In order to help determine where we have the greatest need for support, please fill out this form and share your experiences: http://tinyurl.com/klly7ke
This information will be shared with the Regional President, Regional Direction and used for planning.
The Regional Calendar
I strongly believe in program. I encourage everyone to use the calendar on http://www.seascout.org to list your upcoming activities.
I would like to visit all 6 Areas in the future. I am very interested in seeing regular meetings, whether they are weeknight landship ceremonies, work parties or day cruises. If there is a good time of year to see your program in action, please let me know.
I want to recognize new Quartermasters in our Region. Please let me know the dates of any Bridge of Honor. I will do my best to attend.
Summer Cruise Sea Stories
I would love to hear from everyone on their summer cruises. Please feel share your summer activities on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/l5a2w5t I will include them in my Regional report at the National Meeting.
The West is historical known for hope and opportunity. From Montana to Silicon Valley, we are known for building our own future. I am committed to seeing our numbers increase and look forward to the days ahead.
Western Region Commodore
Can you smell it? It’s that time of year again, Summer Cruise! That time of year where we dust off the water toys, check the skis and wake boards, and grab the small boats. We load them up for a period of time witch we all wish was longer and come back with a wicked sunburn. This is the perfect time to run the Small Boat Handler Bar program.
As no doubt, you have seen the Small Boat Handler in the Sea Scout Manual as you have flicked by. Little did you know how much benefit it can be to your program. The SBH program can be extremely useful in Summer Cruise applications, as well as, regular cruising or day-to-day operations. For our Scouts, the SBH bar is one of the most anticipated parts of the year.
Once completed, the Scout is allowed to prepare a small boat for getting underway; while at all times wearing a life jacket and with buddies, take a small boat with an outboard engine no grater then 25hp beyond the sight of adults. All scouts look forward to this bestowment of trust by the adults.
Ok, so how do run said course? Well, I highly recommend doing this during a summer cruise as this provides the maxim training time that you can provide. All SBH bar candidates have their apprentice, before starting coursework. This allows for a little bit of know how on Sea Scouts and a little nautical knowledge. The course starts with a half day class. This is like a 101 class, break everything down to basics. Topics include: how to build an inflatable boat; parts on an outboard; legal and BSA requirements; maintenance, basic nav. rules, ect…. The rest of the Course work comes from hands on training. Get them on that boat, and have them do everything!
I find the hands on training the most important part. The light bulb truly clicks for most at this stage. Although, everyone learns at a different pace, so having as much practice time is necessary. When they feel they are ready, the scout comes and asks to be tested. The test starts with five questions, one each of the following topics: Rules of the Road, Engines, Boats, Maintenance, and Trailers. Then the Scout gets in the small boat and gets graded on: completing a verbal safety checklist, getting underway, anchoring, a M.O.B. drill, left and right turns, reversing, docking, communication to crew, safety, and finally calmness and steadiness. After completing all this, they have earned their SBH Bar.
For a lot of our Scouts this is a great accomplishment between rank, it builds on what they are learning in rank, and they feel like they have earned their independence. Most importantly if gives them a sense of what teaching is like, because first and foremost, SBH, is instructed by scouts who have completed the SBH bar. Youth teaching youth is a very critical step. Although, all supervised by an adult who can step in where guidance is needed, the youth learn and pay attention more to their peers. They know what their Shipmates are going through, and can give them advice on how they themselves learned the topic.
I hope this Summer Cruise you try the SBH bar program. I must emphasize that what works for us, doesn’t necessarily work for every program. But trust me SBH is worth it! Work Small Boat to fit your Ship and your Summer Cruise. I wish you all Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Mate, S.S.S. Albatross