Seascout-Net Mail Archive for August of 1999: 1999 UK Sea Scout Trip
1999 UK Sea Scout Trip
Christopher K. Sokolov
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 19:51:59 -0700
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Americans join UK Sea Scouts on Narrow Boat Voyage
August 9, Stourport - It is not every day that one can see two seventy foot
narrow boats travelling down the Stourport-Worcestershire Canal with an
international crew, but for the past week five Sea Scouts from the United
States of America have joined an English crew of six Scouts and four
leaders doing just that.
>From the United States, National Commodore Jimmie Homburg (Bryan, TX),
Christopher Sokolov (San Francisco, CA), Yukitoshi Murasaki (Miami, FL),
Trevor McCampbell (Wichita, KS), Gary Cutler (Chaptico, MD), and Amy Sibert
(Miami, FL) represented the Boy Scouts of America on the week long voyage.
The week aboard the canal boats demonstrated the spirit of the world wide
fellowship of Scouting. "I enjoyed meeting the English Scouts and seeing
how Sea Scouting differs across the Atlantic," Gary Cutler, 16, explained.
After flying into London and spending a day at Baden Powell House and
seeing some of the sights, the American Sea Scouts joined up with the
English Sea Scouts three hours northwest of London in Stourport. According
to Trevor McCampbell, 18, meeting the local Scouts was one of the great
aspects of the experience. "It has been the best time of my life," he said.
Together, the Sea Scouts from the U.S.A. and U.K. toured museums and
historical sites to learn more about their common heritage. "I've always
wanted to see the country I'd read so much about," explained Christopher
Sokolov, 21, "and now I've had the chance to see England from a very unique
and authentic angle."
Both groups of mariners were able to hone their seamanship skills under the
leadership of John Stribblehill, the Skipper for the trip, and the other
English Sea Scout leaders who brought a vast amount of experience to the
canal voyage. "Steering the narrow boats is much different than the crafts
I am used to in Florida," explained Amy Sibert, 17. "Dodging other boats
in the dark tunnels is something I'll never forget."
Yet sometimes it was the simple beauty of the English countryside that was
the most awe-inspiring. "We spontaneously made a blackberry truffle
dessert one evening after some of the Scouts picked the berries off the
bushes on the bank as we slowly descended through the locks," Mrs. Jimmie
Homburg added. In the end, Yukitoshi Murasaki summed up the feeling of the
whole crew: "There was so much to see and do in England and we hope to come
back again soon to see our new friends."
For further information on Sea Scouting in the United States, visit the Sea
Scouts, B.S.A. web site at http://www.seascout.org or contact Christopher
Sokolov, (619) 822-1732, email@example.com.
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