Sea Scouts at NELC
Don Goff (email@example.com)
Sat Jul 18 16:36:10 1998
Last night (Friday), we Sea Scouts had a rare opportunity to thank a
group we often take for granted, but who has helped Sea Scouting and
Exploring for almost eighty years. On behalf of the Commandant, Rear
Admiral Josiah, Coast Guard Chief of Staff, received the William H.
Surgeon III Award for the entire United States Coast Guard, presented by
the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In attendance were National Commodore Jim Umberger (USCG-Ret.), Regional
Commodores Bruce Johnson, NE; Walt Whitaker, Southern; and Warren
Taylor, Western; Western Regional Bosun Chris Sokolov, and several other
skippers and Sea Scouts.
Commodore Walt Whitacre was also honored by the Naqtional Council with
the national level Exploring Leadership Award for his long, dedicated,
and successful contributions to the Sea Exploring and Sea Scouting
No Sea Scout Ships attended the conference as units, however, a large
contigent from Post/Ship 72, a combined High Adventure/Sea Scout unit
from Boulder, Colorado and numerous individual Sea Scouts and Leaders
attended the conference or served on staff.
The conference was inspiring, with visits to the Nation's Capitol and
Congress, fun, with events ranging from SCUBA to free food, and a
tremendous opportunity to meet youth from all over the country and talk,
compare notes, and generally have fun. It was amazing how well dances
were attended compared to speeches....
As the older youth program will evolve into separate Venturing and
Exploring programs, this will be the last ever National Explorer
Leadership Conference like this one.
To all the Sea Scouts and leaders who attended, we wish fair winds,
trailing seas, and Godspeed.