Seascout-Net Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Long Cruise: The Achievement & The Patch
Re: Long Cruise: The Achievement & The Patch
Christopher K. Sokolov
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 13:27:40 -0700
At 3:12 PM -0500 8/16/99, Limpet6@aol.com wrote:
>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?
I am speaking purely unofficially here, and I don't know the "real" answer
but I suspect it is because it is expected that apprentices and ordinaries
do not do the same work on a cruise and do not have the same sort of
experience. In eight years of cruising, I would say that the apprentice
definitely has it the best - it is a new adventure with lots of fun, some
hard work surely, but very little true responsibility - ie: the apprentice
may have to wash dishes, but does not have to be concerned about whether or
not there is enough food for the next meal. An ordinary, someone who has
been in the ship for an average of a year and hopefully already gone on a
summer cruise, sees the Cruise from a completely different perspective.
In our ship, we recognize the differing roles of junior and senior men and
women in many different ways. In fact, we charge increasingly less for
Summer Cruise for Ordinaries, Ables, and Quartermasters/Pilots in
recognition of the hard work and dedication to the program that older
members bring to the Cruise.
I realize this is not at all how most ships do it, but for what it's worth..
Christopher K. Sokolov, Mate
Sea Scout Ship Corsair (22), San Francisco email@example.com
Sea Scouts, BSA http://www.seascout.org
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