Meet the 2016-2017 WR Boatswain

We are pleased to announce that Joey Kasper has been selected as the 2016-2017 Western Region Boatswain. Joey is a member of the Sea Scout Ship Heatwave in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Joey is an Able Sea Scout and striving to complete her Quartermaster. Her goals as the new WR Boatswain includes expanding Sea Scouts, BSA, by increasing membership and creating more Sea Scout Ships. Joey will also serve as a Western Region Executive Board member during her term of office.

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Joey in New York City on her sail onboard Eagle in the summer of 2015.

Joey’s life outside of Scouting includes membership in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Future Business Leaders of America. Joey enjoys golfing, and even played on her high school Varsity gold team for two years. She enjoys playing violin, helping others, and getting on the water any chance she can get.

The Sea Scouts of the Heatwave elected Joey their Boatswain in 2015. The Heatwave went on to be named part of the National Flagship Fleet for their accomplishments while Joey was the ship boatswain. Joey was also a member of the Heatwave when they were first named to the Flagship Fleet in 2014.

Joey also served as the Heatwave’s Boatswain’s Mate of Program and was recognized by the Las Vegas Area Council with the Venturing Leadership Award for her accomplishments in this role. She completed S.E.A.L. in Newport Beach, plus National Safe Boating Council Basic Close Quarter Boat Handling; Trainer’s EDGE; NASBLA Boating Safety; Sea Scout Marksmanship Training; and National Youth Leadership Training. Joey also has been trained in First Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid trained, and became a certified scuba diver. Joey also finished NSBC Open Water Boat Handling in January.

Joey aspires to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy. She credits this goal to having sailed on the USCGC Eagle last summer and attending Safety at Sea San Diego in 2014 (she also participated in 2016).

Our goal is for Joey to visit one Sea Scout Ship a quarter for a cruise or sail. If you would like to host Joey onboard your Ship this summer, fall, winter, or spring, please contact me. We also are looking for air miles to help cover travel.

Please join us in saying “Welcome Aboard,” to Joey. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @WRBoatswain.


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