Stephen Gregson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue May 12 17:10:19 1998
I am new to the seascout-net, however I have had the pleasure to know
some of the stalwart of the Sea Scouts that have helped me promote Sea
Scouts in Kansas City area. I am the Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 7873 of
the Heart of America Council. Our Ship became a reality July 15, 1993,
making it the first ship in the council since 1976. I was already
fascinated with the nautical culture, having been exposed in my
childhood to the Chesapeake and sailing for many summers. I saw a need
for older youth programs, and decided to spear head the effort.
Needless to say, no one at council had a clue. But with the concerted
efforts of the good people like Bruce Johnson, Jimmy Humberg, Bill
Sills, Walt Acre (I apologize for any mis-spellings of these fine
peoples names) we have been sucessful. We have succeeded in bring a new
standard of excellence to the Venturing program in Kansas City, that
only Sea Scouts could. Thanks.
About the Ship, There are 22 registered youth with about 10 - 12 active
all the time. We are coed, in fact our Boatswain is female. We are a
traditional ship, using rank and uniforms. The uniforms were selected
by the youth of Navy Dress Blues for formal and winter uniform, the
cover is a black beret. Summer we wear a white short sleeve shirt and
blue shorts. Otherwise we are very causal with our own screen printed
T-Shirts or comfortable clothing as appropriate. We sail on lakes that
are narrow (about a 1/4 to 1 mile wide) and it meanders along old river
beds for several miles (about 4 to 60 miles).
Our activities included Sailing, Motor-boating, SCUBA, as well as
climbing, reppeling, and camping-hiking. Although the Missouri River
is in our back yard we have not yet tackled its' currents. We use the
USCG Aux. and Power Squadron for some of the boating information. Yes,
we have ceremonies, our land ship is great, sporting a 20' mast,
stantions and line. Our social activities include a annual Fall dance
in September were the youth of the community are invited. We have
Quarterdeck and annual appreciation banquets. We work very closly with
the District we are in giving support for camporees, "Scouting for
Food", and participating in long term summer camp - on Truman Lake.
We have sailboats i.e. a 22' MacGregor, a 19' O'Day, and a few motor
boats i.e. 28' Owens, as well as a few dingys. We are interested in a
larger boat, if any you know of any. Our boats are stored in a parent's
field. We trailer them.
We are proud of the dedication and stamina of our youth as we have 2
Quartmasters, 5 Gold Awards, and 2 Eagle Scouts Awards that have been
presented through our ship.
We are sponsored by a 501 c 3 corporation with all the appropriate Tax
ID numbers and letters, this has enabled us to receive donations.
I am interested in working with area or regional activities. Some of
the Sea Scouts have not met any other traditional units. I appreciate
the efforts in producing the Sea Scout Web Pages and the news letters of
Bill Sills and NE-region.
Skipper Ship 7873
16111 East 39th Street
Independence, MO 64055-4063
email address: email@example.com
H 816 478-1916 or 478-9329
B 816 554-8200