Re: SEASCOUT-NET digest 235
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 00:40:07 -0400 (EDT)
In a message dated 97-09-18 13:51:02 EDT, you write:
<< Would other skippers, mates and Sea Scouts of traditional
and/or active sailing ships please let us know what interest their Sea
Scouts have evinced in such events over the years? >>
Bill Sills asked about Sea Scout/Explorer experience at National Explorer
Conferences. My wife and I attended the Nat'l Explor.Conf. in 1988 (July
3-8) at Boston Univ. with a council contingent which included 3 Sea Explorers
from two local ships, as well as other Explorers and adult advisors.
There were also Sea Scouts/Explorers from CT, MD, PA, MO, NJ and MA and
possibly elsewhere. The National staff apparently relied on the local Sea
Scouters to organize and conduct the several Sea Exploring events and
activities. Most of these were open to all attendees, not just Sea Explorers,
on a "sign-up for limited tickets" basis.
Our ships set up an exhibit to "show our stuff" at the Expo but were denied
permission to rig a bos'n chair lift in the gym. My ship's crew won the
sailing regatta on the Charles River. I volunteered to help as faculty for
Sea Exploring Leader Specialized Training which was pre-advertised but ended
up as the solo "instructor."
Three Sea Explorers got to board the USS CONSTITUTION for its annual
turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor and everyone got to watch. Discover SCUBA
was another big hit.
The overall reaction from our 3 kids was favorable, even though one of them
was elected Regional Bos'n by her peers present, but was refused appointment
to that position. I rated the conference a "fair" in the followup critique.
Ed Schickler, Commodore
Otetiana Council, Rochester, NY