Tags: Rescue, Safety, Sea Scouts
Sea Scout Tessa R from the SSS Deceive from the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, truly lived the Sea Promise’s directive to guard against water accidents and render aid to those in need to three boaters who were adrift after losing power.
Tessa was recognized with the Medal of Merit at the Kauai District Recognition Dinner from the Aloha Council for her actions.
As Tessa’s Skipper, Aloha Council Commodore Larry Richardson, explained to The Garden Island, the Sea Scouts were anchored off Molokai when a passing small boat with three people lost power and began drifting towards a reef.
While no lives were in immediate danger, Tessa went out in the Deceive’s dingy, rowed out to the drifting vessel, and towed the small vessel to a dock over a quarter of a mile away.
Tessa rowed the entire way.
Tessa is an Ordinary Sea Scout, the Boatswain of the SSS Deceive, and attends Kapaa High School. She is on both the Cross Country and Swim Teams.
Job well done on representing the best of traditions of Scouting.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Sea Scouts, Silver Beaver
Please join me in congratulating Charles Wurster on being honored with the Silver Beaver Award by the San Diego-Imperial Boy Scout Council, to be presented at the annual council dinner on February 6, 2015. The Silver Beaver is the highest award a Boy Scout Council can present to a volunteer.
National Commodore Wurster is a Distinguished Eagle Scout who represents the best traditions of Scouting.
Charles Wurster is a retired three-star admiral from the United States Coast Guard, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1971 with honors, received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1976, and graduated from the Industrial College of Armed Forces in 1993.
Vice Admiral Wurster has an impressive service record, having been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (two awards).
That is everything you can learn about the National Commodore from Wikipedia. The Admiral’s dedication to Scouting and values are extremely impressive in their own right.
I met Charles Wurster in 2005 when he attended Safety at Sea in San Francisco (he was a Rear Admiral at the time). It was cold and raining. Just a couple of hours touring the events with Charles Wurster were lessons in leadership. He went out of his way to visit with volunteers, Sea Scouts, and Coasties alike. Everyone he talked with literally felt good about volunteering their time to help Sea Scouts.
The Captain of then-Group San Francisco (now Sector) held a reception for Admiral Wurster. The good admiral wanted to visit the galley crew to thank them for the food prepared for the reception. Admiral Wurster walked into the galley and went behind the service area to find a cook who was busy doing dishes. The young cook looked up, and judging by the expression on his face, was not expecting to see a two-star admiral in the galley. The cook promptly pulled his soapy hand out of the pot he was scrubbing and saluted. The young man honestly looked humbled to be thanked for his efforts.
In 2010, Admiral Wurster had retired from the Coast Guard and was the President/CEO of the Port of San Diego. As the National Commodore, he visited the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, held at the Coast Guard Academy.
The National Commodore quietly arrived on base without any fanfare and saw a Sea Scout trying to master how to throw a heaving line. Charlie directly went over to the Sea Scout and worked with the Scout on how to coil and throw a heaving line.
Charles Wurster is not afraid to get his hands dirty and always puts Scouts first. He truly enjoys working with young people, mentoring, and investing in the future.
Charlie’s love of Scouting is evident from his dedication to Sea Scouts. At the first Western Region Bridge of Honor, Commodore Wurster saw all of the Sea Scouts assembled to board Landship on the stern of the USS Iowa, and with a broad smile, he said, “I love it.”
The Admiral represents the best of Scouting and is very deserving of the Silver Beaver Award. If you are in the San Diego area and wish to attend the council dinner, please visit the San Diego-Imperial Council for more information.
Tags: Boat Parade, Sea Scout Ships, Sea Scouts, Toys for Tots, Western Region
Sea Scouts in the Western Region are spreading holiday cheer from Arizona, to California, to Hawaii. Ships are entering their vessels in holiday themed parades, both on and off the water. Participating in parades helps building local awareness of Sea Scout Ships, creates an opportunity to get on the water, and is a great way to have fun with your shipmates.
Aside from displaying their vessels, Sea Scouts are hosting holiday parties AND volunteering their time to make the holidays brighter. Job well done to the SSS Decisive on Kauai in their Toys for Tots Drive. Thank you for strongly demonstrating helpful Service to others.
Tags: Cruise, Sea Scouts
The Western Region Boatswain and I were invited to cruise on with the Sea Scout Ship Tiki Too on their vessel Liberty. The cruise was a wonderful example of how to incorporate all 4 S’s of Sea Scouting into a weekend adventure.
It also made me think, what are the key elements that make a Sea Scout cruise a Scouting activity, opposed to merely a boat ride?
Scouting is Fundamental
Sea Scouts, BSA would just be a youth boating program without “Scouting.” Sea Scouts is about learning skills that will serve you in life. This might be from working as a team to prepare a meal in the Galley, or how to organize your shipmates into watches for vessel operation, or the simple act of wearing matching t-shirts to be in uniform while cruising.
Good Seamanship is Not a Spectator Sport
Sailors might be known for sea stories, but those sea stories are born from adventure.
Getting underway requires Sea Scouts who take the helm, operate the engines, and stand by their dock lines to take their vessel to sea. Moreover, being underway requires Sea Scouts plot courses, stand as lookout, and maintain a proper watch to ensure the safety of all onboard.
Everything Sea Scouts do underway is to ensure the safety of those onboard, because 1) it is the law, and 2) every time we state the Sea Promise it is our commitment as Sea Scouts to be responsible mariners on the water.
There is also a great maxim that sets Sea Scouts apart from others: stay active.
The crew of the Tiki Too completed numerous projects while underway, such as splicing dock lines for a newly donated vessel; replacing life lines on the buoyant apparatus; and prepping a fire monitor for painting; and painting the fire monitor.
Work and skill building should be fun. This was evidenced with the Tiki Too crew practicing “lassoing” the bit on the foredeck.
Service is a Part of Scouting
Part of Scouting is to do a good turn daily. Moreover, the Scout Law reminds us all to be Kind.
After securing in Walnut Grove, a sailor in advanced age asked for help carrying groceries down to his boat. Being good Scouts, the Tiki Too helped the sailor with his supplies.
Nothing Says Social Like Ice Cream
Ice cream improves any Sea Scout adventure. Once secured in port after a long day underway, the crew of the Tiki Too continued the tradition that many other Sea Scouts over the decades have enjoyed, and ventured up to the iconic ice cream shop in Walnut Grove.
Set Special Sea and Anchor Detail
There are many great Sea Scout cruises taking place across the entire Western Region, from Seattle, to San Diego, to the Great Salt Lake. The boats might be different, but the 4 S’s of Sea Scouting are constant across every Sea Scout cruise. Sea Scouts have fun, learn new skills, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Tags: Boy Scouts of America, Get on the Water, Recruiting, Safe Boating, Sailing, Sea Scout, Sea Scouting
By Skipper Kathy Weydig
This past weekend the SSS Heatwave, with support from SSS Raven, hosted our first Aquatic Merit Badge weekend for Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts in the London Bridge district, Las Vegas Area Council at Windsor State Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
We are ‘the little ship in the desert’, but have this amazing body of water called the Colorado River. We have 40 miles of navigable water before having to jump a dam. This is most important water system to Southern California and Arizona. (That is for another blog post)
This event was to introduce Boy Scouts to what Sea Scouts is all about, offer aquatic merit badges that are often not accessible to all scouts, plus a little recruiting along the way doesn’t hurt. We offered subject matter experts from Arizona Game and Fish, Lake Havasu Fire Dept., the local radio club head, president of Anglers United- Arizona, head lifeguard/swimming trainers and local boat captains. People that were eager to teach the youth scouts for all the right reasons.
Friday night offered an hour to accomplish their BSA Swim for those in need in our local Aquatic Center. Saturday troops from Needles and Blythe, CA; Boulder City, NV; and local Troop 55 from Lake Havasu City, AZ participated in Swimming, Lifesaving, Radio, Fish & Wildlife Management, Oceanography, Motorboating, Kayaking, Small boat Sailing, Rowing, Fire Safety, Fishing, and Fly-fishing. Sea Scouts used these badges to get signed off of requirements for advancements. (Male Sea Scouts can get credit for BSA badges, while female Sea Scouts cannot in our BSA Advancement system.) All got credit towards their respective rank.
Apprentice: BSA Swim,
(Rowing) 7 d
(Sm. Boat Sailing) 16c
(Radio) 5 e & f
Able: (Fires Safety) 5 c & d Live fire drills with extinguishers
(Fish and Wildlife Management) towards Hornaday Award
Saturday afternoon brought Pack 992, the local Cub Scout pack, to camp with us in the park, allowing the Cubs to see what Sea Scouts is. In the evening Troop 55 hosted the campfire for all to enjoy. Every den, troop and ship performed a skit!
Sunday, more badges and SSS Heatwave held a landship to induce four new Sea Scouts for all to see.
Our local Roundtable was held on Tuesday night and our District Executive said that we were the talk of the evening. Yes, this will be an annual event. The benefit is tenfold, from exposure to the community and scouts, to the recruitment opportunities that have opened, we are eager to do it again next year.
Tags: Sea Scouts
Sea Scouts have a proud history of serving their Nation. Many Sea Scout alumni have served, and many are currently serving, in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Merchant Marine.
Over 100,000 Sea Scouts served in World War II. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz said that forty percent of the men who served under his command in World War II had been Scouts; those individuals earned sixty percent of the medals for valor Nimitz awarded.
We are fortunate that so many of our alumni have served our country. Whether we remember those who fought in the Great War; those who defeated fascism in World War II; those who stood the long watch of the Cold War; and the men and women today who have fought in the War on Terror, remember all are our Shipmates. Please thank them for their service to our country.
Tags: Sea Scouts
Our Ship, the SSS Raven #37 out of Henderson, NV, planned a fun Halloween activity this year. On October 31, 2014, we arrived at 7:00 am at the Lake Mead Marina. The Scouts who attended this Ship event were Jacob, PJ, Lotario, Christian, and Joey. Our adult leaders were Skipper Bill. Skipper’s Mate Deanna, and Committee Member Maggie.
When we first arrived at the Marina Skipper Bill had gotten our boat together. The boat we were using for the day was a small twenty-foot long Bay liner outboard motor boat. First Joey, Christan, and PJ got out type two and type three PFD’s, while Lotario and I, with the help of PJ, took about five minutes to completed a Vessel Safety Check. After the initial checks, we did all of the Motor boating safety checks according to our manuals. Skipper Bill turned on the blower to the boat to get any hazardous fumes out of the engines lines. When we determined it was safe, he started the boat. After the boat was started he drove us out of the Marina and out of the no wake zone. We then got to learn about throttle control on the boat. Once we all had that down and knew how to operate the boat, we each had the chance to pilot the boat. After we all took our turn, we agreed that it took a while to get used to the controls! They are much different than our sailboat.
Once on the water, we jumped right into man-overboard drills. We thought those were fun, but nobody actually went into the water. After all of that fun, we learned how to the dock the boat. We did all of our docking at the boat launch next to the Marina. Each of us go to take turns docking the boat. We found out that it was hard to do on the first try so we we would do it again until we succeeded. After docking practices were done, we came back into the Marina docked the boat, grabbed our gear, and went back to shore. When we got back, we grabbed some lunch and discussed how the weather was really nice and calm and with little to no winds leading to very little wake. We then talked about what else we could have done to practice our skills. We also discussed our upcoming trip to Lake Havasu for an Aquatic Merit Badge Weekend. Overall, our ship had tons of fun on our planned activity at Lake Mead. We are all looking forward to our next outing on the lake.
Yeoman Jake from SSS Raven
Tags: Cruise, Sea Scouts, US Navy
Story by Denise Erwin, SSS Triton
On September 19th, 2014, members of Sea Scout ship 1767, Triton, out of Newport Beach, CA, participated in a once in a lifetime adventure for Sea Scouts by being guests of the United States Navy on a cruise aboard the USS Lake Erie, an active duty Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser.
“Don’t Give Up The Ship” is the motto of the USS Lake Erie, named after a decisive battle in the war of 1812. Triton Scouts and Scouters boarded the vessel in the early morning at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and were taken directly to the galley where sailors had breakfast waiting. We were then given a safety briefing and a personal guided tour of the ship including the bridge and CIC.
Sailors from all over this country were proud to answer our questions and show off their “boat”, most of them still young enough to be a Sea Scout! We cruised past Catalina Island, saw dolphins, a whale and a hammerhead shark.
At lunch we were treated to a BBQ with all the fixings on the helicopter landing dick, prepared and served by servicemen, and to witness a presentation of the Surface Warfare Award to several crewman by one of the commanders.
As we neared our destination of San Diego,CA late that afternoon, we passed the Coronado Islands, rounded the beautiful Point Loma and slipped under the Coronado Bridge to reach our final dock. The United States Navy presented all scouts and Scouters with a commemorative certificate as we disembarked. It was a fabulous day!