Seascout-Net Mail Archive for September of 1999: Sea Scouts in the News
Sea Scouts in the News
Wed, 22 Sep 1999 08:24:42 -0700
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On September 21, 1999, the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram published a spe=
section commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Long Beach Area Council.
The following is one of the articles in that section written by Greg Davy.
Take all ingredients from Boy Scouts: knot-tying, swimmin=
safety, special outings, appreciation of nature and leadership qualities.
Add a healthy dose of seamanship, woodworking, navigation skills, pilotin=
signaling, sailing, radio technology and engine repair. Mix well with sal=
water, fresh air and sunshine.
One of the results of this enticing recipe is Ship 564,
a local contingent of Long Beach Sea Scouts that meets at the Sea Scout
Base at the Long Beach Marina. This is a group of young men and women tha=
have it so good, they frankly don=92t understand why others heir age woul=
want to share the sun and fun.
For instance, a recent outing on the groups very own boat=
a converted Navy liberty launch called the Conquest, yielded a pic=
perfect day =96 a close-up visit by two dolphins frolicking around the bo=
a look at a pile of California sea lions sunning themselves on a buoy and
an hours worth of sea breeze wafting through your hair.
Not that there=92s no work involved. Sea Scouts get their
share swabbing the deck and making things otherwise shipshape. But Skippe=
Lee Bradford and his wife Donna have been making it fun for Sea Scouts
since 1970. Among the people who have taken turns manning the helm have
been future Marines, Coast Guard officers, and a marine architect. One
kid became so smitten with learning how to repair the boats engine that
he now is an apprentice who disassembles engines for Caterpillar.
=93The traditional schedule for Sea Scouts has always bee=
work on the boat during fall and winter, cruise in the spring and summer,=
Donna Says, then she smiles. =93But we live in Long Beach, so those rules
aren=92t so hard and fast.=94
Cruising around Southern California on your on boat is
appealing enough. But there=92s more. Sea Scouts get opportunities to go
on much more lengthy cruises. One member has helped navigate to Alaska
Now Ship 564 has been given a second boat. They=92re look=
for more willing hands to make it seaworthy. And the eight other Long Bea=
ships need hands too.
Interested? Call District Executive Steve Smith at the
Long Beach Area Council at (562) 427-0911.
S.S.S. Conquest, Long Beach, CA
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