Re: LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 09:25:39 -0500 (EST)
In a message dated 97-02-22 20:18:09 EST, you write:
>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.
I suggest the National Sea Explorer Committee get out and go to sea with some
of the youth in a situation where the youth are allowed to take
responsibility - their performance is amazing.
>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.
Tested and proven time and time again. I believe that this has been proven
in traditional BSA units.
>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
>. The adults would do nothing as long as the Bosn is doing a good job and
>everything is operating properly.
Isn't this obvious?
>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
>solely incharge, as I have described above.
I question the motives of these "leaders."
>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
>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.
>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.
I have never met Jim Elroy face to face, but the youth who return from his
program are always exceptional. "The proof is in the pudding." No, Jim
Elroy is not wrong, he is absolutely correct.
Skipper, SES 1836