Re: LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING
Eric Kozowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 19:45:46 -0800 (PST)
>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.
A good description that I've heard, and one that seems to apply, is "Youth
led, adult run." There a many things that cannot be done practically by
the youth, either because they are too dangerous and/or are prohibited by
BSA (national or local) policy, or because they are beyond the scope of the
>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 think it largely depends on the people involved. If the licensed (and
legally liable) operator feels the youth(s) are competent enough to do
this, then great!
>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.
Our council policy _requires_ a licensed _adult_ leader aboard all vessels.
If the vessel cannot accomodate that, then an adult leader must be
supervising the vessel. The only exception to this is an Able may take out
a boat under oars w/ a crew, but must stay within visual contact of the Sea
99% of the time that our vessels are underway, the youth are operating them
(hey, I _like_ to run the boat once and a while!) This is one of the main
things that attracts and keeps youth members in our Ship.
Skipper, SSS601 "City of Roses"
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