LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 20:15:09 -0500 (EST)
There is some controversy that has come up regarding the overall leadership
objectives of Sea Scouting, in the National Sea Explorer Committee. I would
like to get the input from Sea Explorer leaders.
The problem is that I have maintained the the best Sea Scout units are run
almost entirely by the junior leaders. The skipper and other adults function
as advisors. Once the junior leaders are trained and functioning, they
completely run the unit with the adults stepping in only when safety or
urgent matters arise.
At sea, I maintain, that a 16 year old Bosn is prefectlty capable of
supervising, planning and directing the units operations and functioning as
the Officer of the Deck on a 50 foot vessel, with two competent adults aboard
. The adults would do nothing as long as the Bosn is doing a good job and
everything is operating properly.
Some experienced Sea Explorer leaders maintain that this is totally unsafe.
The ship must be operated by the adult skipper at all times with the Bosn
functioning as the "enlisted" junior leader, never the officer of the deck or
solely incharge, as I have described above.
I feel that the real objective of Sea Exploring is to develop the leadership
ability of these young people to their fullest. I feel the best run ships are
run by the youth for the youth, at sea or on land. I have run the ship this
way for over 30 years. My training programs have always had this objective. I
have never found that this procedure was unsafe. In fact I found that these
young people were much safey than 99% of the adult boaters and many of the
Sea Explorer leaders.
Possibly I am wrong. I would like some comments.