Seascout-Net Mail Archive for August of 1999: Long Cruise: The Achievement & The Patch
Long Cruise: The Achievement & The Patch
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 16:15:55 EDT
Skippers, Mates, and Other Distinguished Salts
Long Cruise discussion was recently invited by one of the regional commodores
and I just had one of my skippers put a question to me that I could not
answer. I earlier posted a Long Cruise award question that I could not
answer. So here are two puzzles that maybe someone out there can answer who
not only makes Long Cruises but understands the national approach to such
1) The Long Cruise is an award outside the advancement track like the 50
Mile Hike Award in Boy Scouting. It requires a Sea Scout have 14 days and
nights of cruising earned either all at once or linked together. Why must
these days be accumulated after attaining Ordinary? Two Sea Scouts can take
the same voyage and do the exact same work and one will get the award and the
other won't. The old requirements for the patch (for several decades) did not
require that the Sea Scout attain any given rank. Why the change?
2) Why does the Long Cruise award whose image is circular and whose
successive awards are arches (intended to abut the award) come on a square
patch when circular patches are common and easy to produce?
I also had an earlier question related to the number of hotdogs in a pack and
hotdogs buns in a pack. fortunately, it was graciously answered indicating
something about sacrificing the surplus to the barbecue gods.
Connecticut Yankee Council
Sea Scout Squadron
"We are interested in anything that floats, swims, or sinks on purpose."
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