Tue May 12 21:18:26 1998
Thanks for checking in and welcome to the net. I think you will find it
helpful, entertaining, and sometimes disgusting! (It all goes with <free
speech>.) The net has been my best spirit booster, however!
I can relate to your dilemma in getting started. I experienced the same here
in North Carolina where Sea Scouts should be the biggest thing going! Its not.
I'm a 43 year veteran Scouter, assumed the role of Scoutmaster in our church's
troop in 1963 just after our Ship folded for lack of recruiting. I have
regretted that ever since; started Explorer Posts three times that lasted from
1 to 15 years and decided about 3 years ago when we were without a post that
it was time to start a ship.
When we started, I quickly became the council Sea Scout <expert>. No one else
had a clue. I went back to my Scout book collection and got pumped up reading
a 1943 Sea Scout manual, found there was a new one, got it, and we were on our
way. I used some of the same national and regional resources you did and they
have been my mainstay ... especially Bruce Johnson. We have been chartered
since March 1996 and achieved Quality Unit both years. That is in spite of
losing our first Skipper after 3 months on the job. I am chairman of the ship
committe, was organizer, trainer, and general "pusher." That continues to this
There's a lot more to this story than you want to know, but just enough to let
you know I am a <sympathizer>. You have a great tradition back of you with a
Kansas ship being the first National Flag Ship! Sounds like you are headed
toward recapturing that title. I wish you much success!
Yours in Sea Scouting,
R. Carroll Sasser
Chairman, Ship 207 Committee
> 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.