Seascout-Net Mail Archive for July of 1999: SEAL Training from a graduate
SEAL Training from a graduate
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 22:07:36 -0400
I am sorry that I have not been able to respond to the SEAL requests asked
by others, so here it is. I went to the SEAL course on the Chesapeake Bay,
and I have found the course to be challenging, fun and post-movating for
myself, my skipper and for my ship.
I found it to be the most challenging training course in my short scouting
time. The days on the Bay were hot and long, and I know at times I was not
really too thrilled to be out there, but I got to know my instructors well
and especially I was able to get to know my friends (scouts) well. We
would all work together to acheive our short term, and intermediate term
goals. This was one of the most important assets in the entire course.
Some of us knew our chapter 5 a little better than others, but we all
worked together to graduate.
Through all of this it was also the most fun of all my Sea Scouting
activities. I was able to meet scouts from all over the nation and learned
how their units functioned. I was able to make five new scout friends, and
four adult friends on the trip. I will never forget them, ever.
I have found myself to be more motivated than ever with the program. I
came back after Top Gun (another story to read later) just eager to use the
knowledge I recently learned and share it with my ship. I have also found
myself to be more keen seamanship-wise on advancement tests and on my long
cruise as well. I do not know when it will, if it ever does, end.
In closing I would like to point out a few things. The seamanship tests
themselves are motivators. This course is not about seamanship, but if a
scout wants to make the grade they have to be willing to learn, and most
importantly be prepared! The course was challanging, and I somehow in
their found it to be awesome. It was the best training I have expierenced
so far. I encourage everyone, adult and youth to get involved in the
program, especially the adults, the scouting youth always needs help, we
want to learn.
For all the youth that are thinking about SEAL, I can say two things, 1.
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE
2. KNOW YOUR CHAPTER 5
and everything else will be at hand for your taking.
I would like to close with a quote from Brian Tracy. This quote sticks
with me now and sums up success for an individual "If it's to be, it's up
Thank you Skipper Crabtree, Doug, Niki, and Jeff for and outstanding week.
Gary Cutler Jr.
SSS 548 .
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