Seascout-Net Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: In ESSENCE...
Re: In ESSENCE...
Fri Oct 16 14:05:52 1998
I'm not sure how you measure success but our ship is celebrating its
tenth birthday this month with eighteen youth, and for better or worse,
I have been the Skipper for nine of those years. We are also one of
eighteen chartered 1208 units servicing some 250 youth in the local
In my opinion, the single most important aspect of a successful program
is proximity to the water. I am continually amazed at those terriffic
inland ships and frankly, I don't know how they do it. I don't think I
could be a very good inland Skipper. I hope they respond to your
request with their secrets.
Secondly, you must have a supportive Council. Although Sea Scouts
receive no direct funding from our Council, we are allowed to pick and
choose over the incoming boat donations to facilitate our program. "We
eat all we want and sell the rest" as the commercial goes.
Third, in a coed program you MUST have a dedicated, flexible female
advisor who will never say no to an outing. The first time you must
cancel an event (or worse tell the girls they must stay home) for lack
of a female leader, your program dies. I have been very fortunate over
the years to always have included that leader. My current female
advisor (my Committe Chairman) has been the best of all and has been
with us three years now. And speaking of coed programs, it is the
greatest! I cannot imagine having a complete SS program without it
being coed. Over the years, some of my better youth have been female
and I know our first Quartermaster will be female.
Fourth, you must have help. Currently, our ship has eight registered
Mates; all but one have been through Sea Badge training and various
other sail training programs. They came to the Ship ranging from novice
sailors to racing champions and together we have fashioned a pretty fair
program and together improved our nautical skills. Last year our Ship
was together 26 days doing activities ranging from environmental service
projects to a long sail on the Mississippi coast.
And, of course, the program must be FUN!! For some reason we seem to
draw from the best students; the ones whose day planners contain more
events than most adults. It has always amazed me how they fit Sea
Scouts into their busy schedules. Nevertheless, it has always been
their program and they do come.
Good luck Russell and welcome to the fraternity.
Mike Walker, Skipper SSS-502
Russell Downs wrote:
> ..a successful Sea Scouting Program.
> Dear friends, (+<:>+) Greetings from North Carolina!
> I have been working with our Sea Scout Ship for about a year
> now, and
> recently took on the responsibility of SKIPPER. I would like to ask
> members of the Sea Scout net for some help.
> I have been following your accomplishments and challenges for
> some time
> now. Some units apparently have very strong programs, with 1)routine
> advancement, 2)major nautical activities, and 3)young people attaining
> the rank of Quartermaster, i.e., you ARE attaining the goals of
> traditional Sea Scouting. Likewise, we would like to have a similarly
> excellent Ship, thus adding value and enjoyment to the lives of both
> Scouts and adult leaders who volunteer their most precious commodity
> their time. This is where you all come in. We want to draw on the
> experience of the successful among our organization.
> My request is this; Tell me what are the TOP three or four
> things that
> make your units successful and outstanding in terms of the things
> mentioned above. Eg. experienced mariners for adult leaders?, close
> proximity to waterfront activities?, big boats and the funds to
> them?, prior scouting experience among adults and/or youth members?,
> etc.etc. To what do you attribute your individual unit success? Any
> on motivating your teen-age Scouts would also be helpful. Please keep
> the responses concise and germane to the things mentioned. Your
> responses are greatly appreciated. Posting them on this .net will be
> great value to us all, I'm sure, and will help us decide what our best
> course should be. Hopefully I can compile your responses into a useful
> format that we can all use in the future.
> sincerely + Russ Downs +
> Raleigh NC