RE: Why I joined and reply about Signaling
Phipps, Victor (email@example.com)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 09:40:07 -0700
>>However, there were requirements added. The new requirements are very
>>practical and much harder than memorizing morse code. One such >requirement
>>requires a Quartermaster applicant to take a three day cruise, where he >or
>>she is incomplete command. He or she must plan the cruise, train the >crew,
>>supervise the cruise including conducting emergency drills. The
>>applicant can not touch anything himself. He or she must do the entire
>>operation by deligating and supervising. This is the ultimated test.
>>teach, supervise and command. There must be no errors. You find out
>>this is when you try and dock a 50 foot boat in the wind, by giving >compass
>>and helm commands. If you do not possess a high level of skill and
>>ability, you will not be able to perform this task.
>>If the adult observer must step in, the Quartermaster applicant has failed.
>>There are other requirements that were added, including knowledge of >lights
>>and day shapes. No vessels will signal you with morse code, but all
>>commercial vessels show lights and day shapes that warn you of danger >and
>>various problems. Before the new requirements, Sea Scouts, were not
>>to know this information.
> I might add that seascouts where already asked to know these
>requirments if only some of you officers would go back and consalt the
>manual you would find that there are already requirmennts in there to
teach these skills. Or have you been teaching your scouts the wroing
stuff and passing them off on requirments when trully they don't know
hardly anything about what they just passed off.
>>However, before any of these decisions were made, A group of Sea >Scouts
>>were assembled from around the country and worked on the Sea Scout
>>advancement for a year. THEY MADE THE DECISION, to drop certain
>>requirements, because of lack of value, not because they were hard.
Where did you get this group of scouts from ships whose officers think
that signaling is dumb. If so of course they are going to think
signaling is dumb. You need to include the fact that not eery area can
make a good asumption on what is good for another area exspecialy in
SSS 601 "City of Roses"