Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: 13 Year Olds
Re: 13 Year Olds
John M. Nolan
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 13:33:55 -0500
Well said John Deatherage, and I support your views 100 %. I to, have
been following the discussions with great interest, of 13 years old's to
join Sea Scouting.
I for one, can only see this benefit all Ships of possibly increase
their membership and a longer stay of the youth. Thirteen should be
included in the (teen) years. Long before this discussion I have
supported the idea of 13 years old's being able to join Sea
How many Ships are turning away youth because their membership has
reached their capacity? I think "most" of us are always seeking out new
I vote YAY.
John M. Nolan, Skipper
Ship #228, B.S.A., Sea Dart II
John Deatherage wrote:
> I've been following this discussion and thought I'd weigh in. I
> have to say that I support allowing 13 year olds in. I do not support
> letting them in with no requirements such as being in the 8th grade.
> It seems that we've figured out the insurance problem. Our major
> objection is the maturity of these kids.
> We want Sea Scouting to be again known for being a character
> building experience. Some of the character you're teaching should
> include a little maturity. We are trying to become one of the first
> things in which these kids make an investment of their time. We can
> use this time to teach some of that character and maturity along with
> the advancement.
> I got in at 14 and will soon age out,I have loved the entire
> experience and wish it wouldn't end so soon. I think the youth that we
> recruit will feel the same way and I'd like to give them this extra
> As thought provoking as this discussion has been I think it was
> said earlier that we should now stop discussing and weigh in with the
> National. Whatever your opinion, we will have to agree to disagree and
> turn this matter over to those who will determine the outcome with
> your "yay" or "nay" vote.
> John Deatherage
> SSS 361 Columbia Ranger
> Columbia, MD
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