What's a Squadron Commodore
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:36:17 -0500
Darby Crouch wrote:
> I'm new to the list, so I suppose an introduction is in order.
> My name is Darby Crouch. I am an Eagle Scout from Eugene Oregon. I first became involved with sea scouts at the young age of 19. This
> was with a short lived ship that I helped start. It lasted about a year and a half and died.
> While I was in the Army, I served as the skipper of Ship 8 "Wavedancer" in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This was not a terribly successful
> unit, and died about a year after I left.
> Most recently I am with Ship 282 "Seawolf" out of Eugene Oregon. This ship is going well, and it appears that it will succeed.
> I have recently been appointed as the Commodore. We haven't had a commodore since the early 70's. So I don't have anyone to tell me how
> to do it. Basically I am looking at designing a program from the ground up. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I am hoping that I will be able
> to get advice from those of you who are doing it now.
> Our fleet has three working ships and one that appears to be either dead or hibernating. I would certainly appreciate anything anyone
> has to offer in the way of organizing a fleet. In fact, if any of you have writen documentation from your own council, I would certainly like
> to have it. Anything to point me in the right direction.
> Well, this introduction is getting a bit long, so I'll sign off for now. Thanks.
> Darby Crouch
> Oregon Trail Council
> Eugene, Oregon
Since you have been with ships that failed and one that has been
successful, you have the background to be a squadron commodore.
You are now the chairman of the Sea Exploring Committee. The
official functions of that committee may be found in the newest edition
of the Council/District Operations Manual from BSA Supply. In order to
perform well, you need to have a strong V Commo-Program, V Commo-Svc
(Commissioner), V Commo-Boats & Gear/Sea Base and others such as V
Commo- Finance as needed. You will also need youth petty officers, the
minimum being a Chief Bosn and a Chief Bosns Mate. As your first act
after reading the Council/District Operations Manual and selecting your
V Commos and Petty officers will be to organize the first meeting of
your Squadron Quarterdeck. Ensure that all, skippers and bosns attend. I
also encourage all ship's officers, petty officers and committee members
to attend our qurterly meetings. You will be the Sea Exploring
representative of your local council. You should ask to be included on
the Executive Board. At least get on the Advisory Committee. Attend ALL
meetings. Try to get each of your V Commos on their respective local
Cooperate up a storm with everyone!!! Attend all meetings!!! Contact
your region (and area in Western Region) and ask to be included in all
mailings and meetings. Try to meet, on an informal and friendly basis
all the volunteer leaders and professionals
Your unofficial functions include but aren't limited to the following:
(1), Official Cheerleader for Sea Scouting in your local council.
(2), Official cheerleader and booster in your geographic area;
(3), Keeper of a copy of each ship's advancement records becuase
the official council software doesn't have a place for Sea Scout
(4), Operator of your 501(c)(3) trust if you have one;
(5), Organizer and chairman of your Squadron Quarterdeck (Skippers
& Bosns Associaiton;
(6), Money and boat begger;
(7), Sea Scout coordinator with other squadrons and your
egional flotilla (area in your Western Region)
(8), Publisher, if not editor, of your squadron newsletter;
(9), Publisher of your squadron web page;
(10), Booster of your Squadron Chief Boatswain and Chief BnM;
(11), Honoured guest at Bridges of Honour, rendezvous, regattas,
etc. and, for ceremonial use,
(a), Get two star small AND large flags from BSA Supply
along with a pole and stand set for the large flag
(b), Get a uniform jacket with your choice of the two stars
with the diamond or the old 3 stripes with the diamond on
your coat sleeve (The Ship's Stores, Rafi or Commodore
(c), Get a cap with one row of silver oak leaves
(d), Get shirt and coat double collar stars
(11), Get a computer for records, internet, correspondence, etc.
(12), Keep a careful record of leaders' tenure and achievements and
put them in for awards and Veteran recognition as soon as
(13), Keep a careful record of leaders and youth training since
BSA software doesn't include our stuff;
(14), Never miss the Sea Scout-Net!!! <VBG>
(15), Buy the 1925 and 1935 Sea Scout Manuals and learn the
ceremonies and terms.
(16), Have your squadron teach Merit Badges in Motor Boating, Small
Boat Sailing, Waterskiing, Weather, etc. as applicable; and
(17), Arrange to have Sea Scout colour guards at all council functions.
OTHER THAN THAT-NOTHING!
More (lots more) later.
Sinnissippi Council (626) Sea Scout Squadron
Central Region Sea Exploring Flotilla