Re: What's in a name! VOTE!
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Mon Feb 16 14:56:55 1998
When I joined Sea Scouts, we were about one year away from the beginning of
the horrible changes. My fellow Sea Scouts and I knew who every officer was by their
sleeve stripes and plain, oval rope or diamond rope 1st Class Anchor device. We knew
who the fleet, flotilla, task force, squadron and division officers were. Our leader's
officer's flags made it very clear who they were. Our petty officers were the
Boatswain, his assistant was the boatswain's mate, the leader of our boat crew was the
coxswain. THEN, the big bad "wilting 'E'" arose! Boatswain became Senior Crew Leader,
BnM became Deputy Senior Crew Leader, and oor coxswain was given the "Green Weanie"
title of Crew Leader. We lost almost all of our "high" leaders, our terms, our very
identity. It is a testament to the strength of our program that we didn't lose
everything. I sure would like to see every vestige of the junk foisted upon us by
National stripped away and discarded. Let's not stop at "SEA SCOUTS"! Let us get our
lexicon and unique structure back, let's get a Fleet Flagship again. Let's get a Fleet
Boatswain again. Let's conduct another National US Sailing Sea Scout Sailing
Championship, let's conduct another National Quarterdeck. Let's stop looking like a
cross between the Salvation Army and theparticipants in a Chinese Fire Drill.
Because of my experiences at the end of the 40s and beginning of the 50s, I
have very un-Scouting Spirit-like feelings for Exploring. Let us return to the Sea
Scouts, a program that was five times larger than it is today. Let us "Do Our Own
Thing"! and not ever again allow our program to deteriorate into the mess out of which
it is just now arising.
Strong letter to follow! <VBG>
John M. Nolan wrote:
> What's in a name!
> 2/16/98 ... I have been a active "Sea Scout" Skipper since 1961. I am a
> subscriber to the seascout-net and I read all that is posted and have
> not posted much. This issue of name changing has passed before me once
> before, and many of us "Sea Scouters" objected then to have "our" name
> changed from "Sea Scouts" to "Sea Explorers", our insignia was the other
> issue, changing "our" traditional "Sea Scout" emblem to the big E with
> the anchor.
> We fought National B.S.A. on both issues. The outcome was we lost on
> the name "Sea Scouts" but were allowed to keep our emblem."
> What's in a name ? That I beleive is a simple answer, idenity, history,
> & tradition. For an example, Titanic, most of us know the history, &
> tradition just by the name, idenity. As we all know, Boy Scouts of
> America started in 1910 and "Sea Scouts" in the U.S.A.,started in 1912.
> So now what can we do about it? If a name change is to take place, I
> think we all should vote on it and petition through Mr. Bruce Johnson,
> National B.S.A. to the outcome of our votes. I as Skipper of our Ship
> will vote to have our name revert back to it's original name "Sea
> as in the beginning 1912.
> I welcome any comments, and no flaming is intended, just the truth.
> John M. Nolan, Skipper
> Ship #228, Sea Dart II
> Elizabeth, NJ/USA