Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Fun Travels for Scouts
Fun Travels for Scouts
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 14:39:48 -0500
The denizens of these lists have asked about unusual activities
for their Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. Here are a few
ideas to start the 21st Century out right:
Sinnissippi Squadron and Southeast Wisconsin Squadron make
available a unique day, weekend or longer nautical experience
in Racine, Wisconsin on the west shore of Lake Michigan.
SSS ARAPAHO makes its 1954 45' Chris Craft double cabin flying
bridge cruiser available as a dormitory while the Sea Scouts
of Racine provide sail training and cruises aboard their many
vessels. SE WI Commodore Ed Jirsa is a licensed master and
US Sailing Certified Instructor Trainer. Ed can not only teach
basic sailing BUT can also conduct certification courses for
the US Sailing Dinghy AND the Keel Boat Instructors Certificate.
Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts from the beaches of the Atlantic to the
foothills of the Rockies have enjoyed these activities.
Sinnissippi Squadron's SSS HATHOR offers day cruises on its
1898 75' converted steam yacht HATHOR. Every summer Cub Scouts, Boy
Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts catch rays and enjoy the scenery
on Geneva Lake. SSS Gail & Gloria Gartz offers small boat sailing,
SSS Commodore Bliss offers iceboating, SSS Tim Sheldon offers roller and
ice skating, and SSS Rock Aqua Jays teaches Water-skiing Merit Badge
to Boy Scouts.
On the Pacific Coast, the Orange County Sea Base offers cruises
to Catalina Island aboard the SSS ARGUS as well as innumerable
courses in sailing, SCUBA, swimming, etc.
Many Sea Scout ships charter their vessels to troops for an
unforgettable week or weekend.
Central Region Sea Scout Flotilla boasts the 52nd Annual
Bay Jammer Regatta near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ships, crews,
troops, GSUSA Mariner Ships and troops all vie to become the
Bay Jammer Champion and the youth compete for King and Queen.
The flotilla also conducts "Operation Rising Tide" at Great
Lakes Naval Training Centre just north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.
That long weekend offers senior scouting skills, great food,
beach parties, nautical activities and fun, fun, fun!!!
When the foregoing is coupled with the BSA High Adventure
opportunities, the activities in Northeast, Southern and
Western Regions, and the many local council camps that accept
out of council troops and crews, there is simply no excuse for
a "been there, done that" summer experience! :-)