Re: LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 20:34:17 -0600
Jim Elroy believes that Sea Scouting best serves youth when the
young men and women are allowed to operate our vessels themselves with
minimal advice from their skipper and their mates.
The Sea Scouts in the Sea Scout Ships in Sinnissippi Squadron are
EXPECTED to advance to the operation of ALL of our vessels. We currently
operate documented power vessels including SY Hathor (75' OA and 40
tons), MV Arapaho (45' OA and 26 tons on all waters), and our tiny state
licensed MV Commodore Sid Bliss (13' OA Boston Whaler w/40HP) with the
adults only in an advisory capacity. The youth operate a Class A, a
Class E type B and two DN iceboats without an adult aboard. We seldom
have an adult aboard our soft water sail boats: scows which range from
28' to 16' and two 17' Kirby Venure Class Auxilliaries. The only time an
adult is physically present on one of our sail boats is during novice
instruction. All other instruction is conducted by the Petty Officers.
This system has worked extremely well for many, many years. It
has resulted in exceptional sailors (Justin Hood was 5th in the world in
1996) and has developed splendid young citizen leaders. Several of our
kids hold Seaman's Documents and Limited Masters and Mates licenses.
It is difficult to imagine a rationale justifying only adult
operation of Sea Scout vessels. Heavens to Betsey, since the USCG allows
young men and women of Sea Scout age the right to be licensed and
documented mariners, it makes no sense for Sea Scouting to deprive them
of the opportunity to operate our vessels.
I disagree with many of the changes in the 50s, 60s and 70s but
giving our youth the responsibility to run their own Sea Scout Ships and
their own vessels "ain't" one of them.