Re: Vessel needed - Forwarded
Tue Sep 08 11:16:14 1998
My name is Kathleen Sweet and I am Boatswain of SSS 294, San Diego
For some time our Ship expierenced the same problem: not enough ships,
and the ones Scouts recieved would be sold as quickly as possible by
council. We created a corperation for our Ship. It is a 501 (c) (3)
corperation which makes it non-profit, so all items: boats, pfd's,
supplies for fixing and maintaing the boats, cash donations, etc. will
remain in our possesion. The people who donate items to us will still
recieve the return on taxes, so the bennifet they recieve by donating it
to our Ship will be the same as donating it to Council. Actually, the
bennifets increase when the people (who are quite often still attached
to their boats) find out it will be appreciated, taken care of, used
often, and used well, instead of being sold immeatatly without having
the chance of being used.
Another suggestion, if you're not allready, get in to the sailing
community, make friends. People always know someone who knows someone
who knows someone who wants to get rid of a boat, or were former scouts
and would love to help train your youth. Join boating orginazations
outside of scouts, speak to the local Yaght Club. Learn as much as
possible about all types of boats. Do anything and everything you can
to meet the people out there on the water, they're the people you need
Bruce C Johnson wrote:
> SSS 654, homeported in Cedar Key, Florida, is in search of a craft (25' or
> larger) for its training. Our Flagship, TS Resilience (YP-660), will no
> longer be available after the first of the year; therefore, we are looking
> for something smaller, more manageable and (preferably) which qualifies for
> BSA liability insurance.
> Our Council has been of no assistance whatsoever, as they take all donated
> craft and apparently sell them to pay for salaries, overhead, etc. (don't
> get me into *that* discussion). I've made several calls and tried to wade
> through the bureacracy, to no avail.
> If anyone knows of a craft available, or the best means to locate one, = we
> certainly could use your help.
> Thanks, shipmates!
> Joseph M. Land, Sr., LCDR, NSCC
> Skipper, SSS 654
> Cedar Key, Florida