Re: Uniforming standards
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 20:04:23 -0600
Mark McCormack wrote:
> Here in Australia the only difference between a scout uniform and a sea scut
> uniform is the colour.
> What activities do you all do with your ships? these types of discussions
> about very orientated US themes are becoming increasingly boring. What
> about activities or do the youth members talk about the uniform? I think
> not, here it is how can I avoid wearing it.
Our local Sinnissippi Council Sea Scout Squadron has seven Sea Scout
Ships, one Varsity Scout Team and one Boy Scout Troop. SSS HATHOR, SSS
GAIL & GLORIA GARTZ (all female) and Troop 1 have a lot of "joint"
activities. They sail ice boats in the winter, sail sail boats in the
summer and do high school racing in the spring and fall. SSS HATHOR
charters its namesake a 75' 1898 steam yacht. These units primarily sail
DN ice yachts in the winter and Inland Lake Yachting Association scows
in the summer. SSS HATHOR hasn't "dropped" for about 11 years. They had
some pretty bad stretches after WW II. Troop 1 has about 9 consecutive
years since they last failed to recharter. SSS GARTZ also sails the two
17' Kirby Venture Class swing keel boats.
Both ships wear USN blues in the winter and whites in the summer as
dress uniforms. The squadron owns the uniforms but youth may purchase
their own if they wish. We ask but do not enforce wearin black plain toe
shoes with the dress uniforms. The "work" (semi-formal) uniform is USN
chambray shirts, dungaree trousers, ball cap, tee shirt and work jacket.
That's our regular meeting uniform. It is an absolutely mandatory
requirement that all hands must wear deck shoes or sea boots while
sailing, otherwise the sailing/racing "uniform" is "whatever works". <G>
Troop 1 wears the USN work uniform with the CABIN BOY patch. However,
they use the EAGLE advancement track. They have produced three Eagles
SSS ARAPAHO operates its namesake 45' Chris Craft double cabin
flying bridge cruiser. They wear the above uniforms. They work on both
tracks. They are a little loose and can't always get their act together
and recharter on time. They go up and down like a yo-yo! <G>
SSS Commodore Sid Bliss sail and are really informal. They dabble
in ice boating and also compete in ice and roller hockey. They wear the
work uniform. They primarily work on the "Trade School" track. Most of
their quarterdeck have advanced on the Quartermaster track.
SSS Art Castle primarily plays ice hockey in the winter and sails
and plays roller hockey in the summer. They maintain our squadron ice
rink. The ship also their namesake, a 26' Century cabin cruiser. They
primarily use the trade school advancement track. A few have worked on
the formal track.
SSS Rock Aqua Jays is solely involved in waterskiing. They were
1995 US Jr Champions and '96 Runner-Up. They wear water skiing uniforms.
They have no advancement.
SSS Kegonsa is really a sailing Explorer Post. They use some of
our boats but have no uniform, no program, no advancement and nothing to
do with us. They are the only unit without an accident policy or a
vessel liability policy. Our boats are "bareboat chartered" to them.
We have both a charitable trust to finance our equipment and
operating expenses and a non-stock and not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
corporation to hold title to ALL of our vessels and other assets. The
boats and gear are shared with all of the units except SSS AQUA JAYS who
own and finance their operations internally.
Our squadron sea base is on the property of Lake Geneva Yacht Club.
They're the chartering organization of SSS HATHOR and Troop 1.
Our squadron goes on aLong Cruise on an alternating ocean every
other year. Local Mississippi River or Great Lakes Long Cruises are
conducted during the off year. We hold an Annual Bridge of Honour. We
have joint activities with ships in Northwest Suburban Council, North
Suburban, Blackhawk and Chicago Area Council (IL)as well as Bay Lakes,
Four Lakes, Potowatomie Area and Milwaukee Councils in Wisconsin. We
hope to add some Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan
ships to our "Guest Book" in 1997. Individual sea scouts and leaders
have attended events in Missouri. We are excited about seeing some West
Virginia Sea Scouts and leaders in 1998.
We teach sailing using US Sailing certified instructors. One of
our instructors is even a certified Instructor Trainer. I teach the ice
boating, water skiing (except SSS AQUA JAYS <VBG>) and the shooting
skills. Our Squadron Chief Boatswain is also a Certified Sailing
Instructor. Several of the crew members and ship's officers are BSA/Red
Cross Life Guards. All officers and many petty officers have CPR. One
skipper is an EMT. Two mates are MDs and three are DDSs.
We encourage the youth to race in LGYC and ILYA races. We
currently don't have enough ice boats to do that on a regular basis with
Skeeter Ice Boat Club.
The kids and leaders would like to know if any other ships race
and sail ice boats. Once-upon-a-time, many ships sailed them in Ohio,
New York, Michigan and Minnesota along with Wisconsinites. When I was a
boy, lots of them were sailed in Finland and the Netherlands. I have
raced against Germans, Dutchmen, Russians, Poles, Canadians and
Belgians. Do any of their Sea Scouts sail on the ice?
How's that for our activities and for activity questions?