Sea Explorers (Was Re: My weekend)
Eric Kozowski (kozowski@SD.COM)
Mon, 11 Apr 1994 12:00:17 PDT
>Well, I have just returned from a great weekend. Saturday night I had the
>pleasure of attending the Delaware Valley Twelfth Annual Sea Explorer Bridge
>of Honor and Ball. What a great program! The Explorers were well behaved and
>enthusiastic. The program was excellent. The Ship performing the Land Ship
>ceremony did a fantastic job. If any of you have never had a chance to see a
>Land Ship or a Bridge of Honor, try to get to one. The traditions of the sea
>and Sea Exploring are a fantastic program item.
I'm glad to hear it! As the Skipper of a Sea Explorer unit I am glad
to see people get exposure to the program.
>Each Ship presented their Sea Explorer of the Year Award and a young lady
>from Ship 1009 was awarded her Quartermaster Award. A few Sea Badge Tridents
>were presented(for those who don't know, Sea Badge preceded Wood Badge in the
>US) and some other adult awards. Following the dinner and ceremony, the Sea
>Explorer Ball was held. I'm always impressed by the behavior of the young
>people in Scouting, but these Explorers were exceptional.
>I plan on attending this event many times in the future, although now I have
>to go out and put together some new uniforms for attending Sea Exploring
>functions. I'll also be encouraging other members of my Council Exploring
>Committee to do the same. I'm used to the way BSA treats Exploring in
>general, but realize that Sea Exploring is more of a side item to National
>than I thought was possible. No council should be without this program,
>whether or not access to the water is possible. I know I will pay a lot more
>attention to our three ships having experienced more of the program.
Great! If there are only three ships in the area, it sounds like there
is plenty of room for growth. :-)
It is also good to see that a non-Sea Explorer has recognized that the
Sea Explorer program has not been given the attention it needs by National.
Unlike Boy Scouting, the Sea Explorer program has no formal recruting
literature available, uniform patches are of lousy quality (we had or own
made), and no national guidelines. Variations in uniforms abound.
Coming from the council with the most Sea Exlporers (12 ships) and the
oldest active Sea Explorer Ship (SSS-601 City of Roses, 71 years strong)
on the West Coast (and maybe the nation), I get frustrated with the lack
of support from national.
For those of you that have never been around a Sea Explorer unit, go check
one out, you might like what you see.
SSS-601, City of Roses
Portland, OR USA
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