Re: A new can of worms
Mon, 7 Jul 1997 11:50:37 -0700
Every two or thhree months our adults have an "Adult Training Cruise."
Most of the day is spent training new adults and going over various drills.
Most adults feel more comfortable getting familiar on new boats without
the crew being present. It helps the crew to have confidence in the adults
ability levels, too. We have not had any complaints from the crew because
we always plan around the bi-monthly schedule set by the crew.
The adults like to cruise to a close by island, and reward ourselves with
an excellent adult planned and adult prepared meal. Since the ship
encourages the crew to plan and conduct most of the cruises, this is one
way the adults can go on an occasional cruise that is planned and organized
around our "less youthful" tastes!
Usually, half way through the cruise, we start to miss "our kids" quite a
bit. It is sort of strange without the noise, clutter and enthusiasm that
they bring. It really is a great way for the adults to re-charge and to
appreciate our crew. Besides, it gives the crew an occasional Saturday off
The adults pay for the fuel and any other supplies that we use during the
cruise. However, my husband and I lost about $1000.00 last year to Sea
Scouts (we kept track for taxes). We often pay, out of our own pockets,
for kids that can't afford things. Plus, I hire a babysitter to care for
our four year old during the Tuesday night meetings. My ship was formed in
September last year, so I'm sure the number will be much larger this year -
my husband is the skipper of another ship. So, if the adults did happen to
use a couple bucks of fuel, that would not even begin to repay the amount
of money that the adults have put into the ship. Noboby has ever made an
issue of it anyway.
Our ship does not loan out our equipment to non-registered adults and a
member from our ship must be on board every time one of our boats get
Skipper, S.E.S. Voyageur
Cascade Pacific Council