Kokomo, Jambo, Brazil, and maybe an Eagle Scout
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 02:55:30 -0400 (EDT)
I first learned about Sea Explorers at the 1993 National Scout Jamboree.
I was very impressed with the exhibit and practically drove the poor
staffers crazy with about a million questions. Then, I returned to Michigan
and chartered Ship #32 in November of that same year. Thank you Jambo Staff
. . . you really did make a big, big difference.
During the summer of 1994, I was one of the leaders for our council's
contingent to the 1994 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). The
conference was being held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
While I was waiting in line to register, I noticed some Scouts in summer
whites, they were Sea Explorers. I was so excited. Besides my own ship,
these were the first Sea Explorers I had seen since Jamboree. I went over
and introduced myself and that is where I met Jerry Landseadel of Kokomo,
Indiana. His words of encouragement and support gave me the energy to make
the program work and not give up during a difficult first year.
As far as I know, we are still the only Sea Explorer Ship in the State of
Michigan. I have stepped down as Scoutmaster of Troop 111 and have dedicated
100% of my Scouting time to the Ship. Thank you, Jerry!
Indianapolis is in the center of the state. Kokomo is about 60 miles due
north. Terre Haute is southwest of Indianapolis just 10 miles from the
Illinois border. Brazil, Indiana is about 15 miles east of Terre Haute. One
of my Sea Explorers will be moving to Brazil, IN just before school starts in
My son Aaron just learned that his Eagle Scout Board of Review is
Monday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Yours in Scouting Always
Kevin R. Wade SES#32 "Atlantis"
Linden, Michigan (13 degrees F and falling)