Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: Guess we've been naughty
Guess we've been naughty
CDR John R. Erickson USCG
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 10:12:28 -0600
I have been accepting youth in my ship who are closer to 14 than 13,
i.e., 13.5years +1day. No problems. This is a good time to talk to
them but still to late. A youth in the 8th grade who is already
swimming with AA and AAA times is not going to skip swimming practice to
go find out if they like Sea Scouts/sailing/etc. Also, I hate to say it
but if some coaches that find out a player is looking at another sport
they will discriminate against the youth. Due to 7&8 grade counseling
and extracurricular opportunities at this age, by the time youth get to
high school they are already set on what to do with their spare time. I
will opt for beginning and introduction to Sea Scouting no later than
the 7th grade. If we are really going to interest them in
boating/sailing as they get older, the "Romance" phase of this
sport/career has got to start much earlier than the 7/8/9th grade. All
my grandkids in the 3rd to 8th grade range are being groomed now for
future extracurricular activities. I think this is where our problem is
located and we ought to take a hard look at how other countries,
especially in Europe and the Pacific rim, have solved this problem.
Perhaps Eoghan Lavelle and Einar Oslebye would care to comment?
I also think this is an excellent opportunity for our regional
Boatswains to put in their comments, keeping in mind the concept we're
dealing with and that is the future of Sea Scouts.
JR Erickson, Skipper Ship 1, Slidell LA
PS Alphonse also agrees, the younger the better, the more tender and
tastier...sorry Roger, your Valkyries ain't no good at alligator hunten,
cause he's back!
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