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Voice of the Sea Scout Survey

The National Sea Scout Boatswain is looking for your input, along with the input from all your shipmates! We need your voice in order to set a course for the future of Sea Scouting. In order for your voice to be heard, your need to fill out the "Voice of the Sea Scout" Survey and encourage your entire ship to do the same. From programs, to technology, advancement and more, we want to know what you think! The survey should take you less than 30 minutes to complete but could bring a lasting impact to our program.

Take the Survey Here! http://goo.gl/S6oRJk

Fairwinds,
Peter Schmidt
National Boatswain

CaliforniaTeamTakes 2014 William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup

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Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock presents the Koch Cup trophy to Skipper Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush along with Dr. William I Koch

LONG BEACH – For the fifth time in seven regattas, a California team has won the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, narrowly beating the strongest field of sailors in the history of the event. The week long sailing regatta was held at the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and Long Beach Yacht Club from June 21-28th.

The biennial regatta was so close that the winners were decided after the last race in Alamitos Bay. Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush of Ship 90 in Newport Beach, California defeated Alex Schwinn and William Cassara of Ship 809 in Keller, Texas and won the silver trophy by a single point. Third place went to Liz Fletcher and David Cornella of Ship 936 in Dana Point, California.

Brough and Roudebush who are members of the SSS Renegades thanked the Sea Scout program for introducing them to sailing. Brough, 17, of Orange, is going into his senior year in high school. Roudebush, 18, of Newport, will attend UCLA in the fall where she will be a member of the sailing team.

"I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that Sea Scouts and sailing have given me to grow as both an individual and a team member," Roudebush said. "The Koch Cup experience represented the leadership skills Sea Scouts have taught me."

"Sea Scouts has given me a lifelong passion for sailing," Brough said. "The Koch competition - just as awesome as winning the trophy was coming away with so many friendships with scouts from around the world. I would compete again next time knowing that win or lose I'll still come out ahead."

This event is the second Koch Cup regatta for Roudebush and Brough's first. Roudebush competed two years ago when the regatta was hosted by the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California.

Named after William I. Koch, the Palm Beach businessman who won the 1992 America's Cup, the weeklong sailing event brings Sea Scouts together from around the world to build camaraderie and friendship. More than 70 young men and women from 10 countries converged upon the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and the Long Beach Yacht Club, sailing two member CFJ's on courses in Long Beach harbor and Alamitos Bay. The event was underwritten by Oxbow Carbon LLC, which has operated a carbon storage facility in Long Beach harbor for the past four decades.

Sea Scouts from Brazil, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States competed in light to moderate winds. Sailors were divided into two flights, the championship flight which comprised the Koch Cup. A consolation flight was established in 2002, allowing sailors to compete for a Maori carved statue known as the Kiwi Cup.

The winners of the Kiwi Cup were Andrew Berkowitz and Isabella Rudow of Ship 441, Queens, New York. Second place went to Shawn Sovie and Nathan Cullinan of Ship 41 in Lakewood, Ohio. Connor Stewart and Dan Schmidtke of Ship 45 in Pearland, Texas placed third.

In the United States, Sea Scouts is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21. Scouts form Ships and learn leadership through seamanship. In 2000, the Sea Scouts program asked Bill Koch if he would be interested in reviving a national sailing competition that had been dormant since World War II.

Koch requested that the regatta be open to Scouts from around the world in order to foster international understanding and camaraderie. He commissioned a trophy from Asprey Garrard's, the silversmith who made the original America's Cup trophy, and donated it to the Boy Scouts of America. The Koch Cup now resides in the Norman Rockwell room at the national Boy Scout Museum in Irving, Texas.

Scouts Teddy Carter and Sarah Wyman of Dana Point, California, and Kester Wade and Andrew Agard of Trinidad and Tabago were nominated by their fellow Scouts for the Sportsmanship award. Scouts Gemma McDowell and Sarah McKernan of Malahide, Ireland and Nicholas Harvey and Connor Woodhouse of Johannesburg, South Africa won the Spirit awards.


Press Contact: Brad Goldstein
Oxbow Carbon LLC
(561) 907-5422
(561) 310-4642 (cell)

WINNER'S CIRCLE
KOCH CUP KIWI CUP

1st Place

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BEN BROUGH - Skipper / LAURA ROUDEBUSH – Crew
Ship 90 SSS RENEGADES
Newport Beach, Calif. USA

1st Place

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ANDREW BERKOWITZ-Skipper / ISABELLA RUDOW-Crew
Ship 441 SSS VIGILANT
Queens, NY USA

 

2nd Place

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ALEX SCHWINN- Skipper / WILLIAM CASSARA – Crew
Ship 809 SSS SOLARIS
Keller, Texas USA

 

2nd Place

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SHAWN SOVIE – Skipper / NATHAN CULLINAN – Crew
Ship 41 SSS INDOMITABLE
Lakewood, Ohio USA

 

3rd Place

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DAVID CORNELLA- Skipper / LIZ FLETCHER - Crew
Ship 936 SSS MARINERS
Dana Point, Calif. USA

 

 3rd Place

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CONNER STEWART – Skipper / DAN SCHMIDTKE –Crew
Ship 45 SSS KRAKEN
Pearland, Tx USA

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

KOCH CUP KIWI CUP
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TEDDY CARTER-Skipper / SARAH WYMAN – Crew
Ship 936 SSS MARINERS
Dana Point, CA USA

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KESTER WADE- Skipper /ANDREW AGARD – Crew
1st Trinidad Sea Scouts
Trinidad & Tabago

 

SPIRIT AWARD

KOCH CUP KIWI CUP
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GEMMA MCDOWELL -Skipper / SARAH MCKERNAN – Crew
SSS MALAHIDE
Malahide, Ireland

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NICHOLAS HARVEY – Skipper /CONNOR WOODHOUSE – Crew
Johannesburg, So. Africa   
       

Contact: Brad Goldstein
(561) 907-5400 (Ext.5422)
(561) 310-4642 (Mobile)

Marksmanship

SEA SCOUT MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM

This award for Sea Scouts has been implemented as a part of the special activities a Sea Scout can participate in during times when they are not engaged in their nautical programs. It is designed to give programming for the ship when they are not able to get on the water, as extracurricular program.

A Sea Scout would begin with the Basic Shooter requirements. He or she chooses which discipline or disciplines they would like to participate in. Note that they can choose to learn how to shoot more than one firearm. A special “Sea Scout Shooting Sports Medal” is being designed to be earned after a Sea Scout earns their first level, no matter what discipline they shoot. From the main medal, we would have small medal bars that would hang off of this original medal. The bar would state what the discipline is they shot and the level they are currently at. For an example, there would be 4 Bars for each discipline – i.e.: Rifle –Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Each discipline would have these 4 bars. The Sea Scout would only wear the bar for the highest level they have achieved. If the Sea Scout shoots all 3 disciplines, they could only have a maximum of 3 bars hanging off of their medal showing the highest level achieved for each discipline.

Marksmanship Medals

Downlaod the Sea Scout Marksmanship Program Requirements and the Sea Scout Marksmanship Award Order Form 430-934_Fillable

SAN FRANCISCO - USCGS Yerba Buena Island.  Over 200 area Sea Scouts participated in the annual Safety at Sea Weekend at the US Coast Guard Station Yerba Buena Island.

Safety at Sea provide Sea Scouts with remarkable opportunities to gain hands-on experience in critical safety-related situations.  From dewatering and damage control, to emergency signaling and firefighting, the Safety at Sea events are designed to challenge the Scouts in a safe and fun enviornment.  "Our Scouts are learning important life-saving skills at our event" says Carl Shellhorn, Skipper of the Sea Scout Ship Chaser (Napa, CA), "we're confident that if they have to face onboard emergency situations, they are are better equipped and skilled to handle those emergencies."

Safety at Sea started in San Francisco in 1993.  Since that time, S@S has been replicated in Texas, New London, Baltimore, San Diego and Hawaii, to name a few venues.  The training focuses on hands-on activites, because the first time a sailor launches a flare should not be in an actual emergency.  

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IRVING, Texas - The National Sea Scout Committee has directed the Web Site Task Force to design and develop a new official web site for the U.S. Sea Scout Community.  The new web site will utilize the latest in onlnne technology to deliver useful and timely information to Sea Scouts, leaders, parents, and local council professionals.

The new website will model the look and feel of the official BSA web site, www.scouting.org, while retaining a distinct Sea Scouts, BSA image and functionality.  Users will notice new features like central calendaring for Sea Scout events and a useful live search feature that makes finding information on the site easy and hassle-free.

The beta version of the new site will be introduced to the publi on November 1, 2011 at www.newseascout.org.  Both the existing and new beta sites will be maintained concurrently until the beta testing is complete.  Eventually the new site will be accessed solely through www.seascout.org.

2012LongCruiseBadgeIRVING, Texas - When Eagle Sea Scout Paul Siple returned from Antarctica, the National Sea Scout Committee presented him with a Special Long Cruise Award; the border around the patch was gold instead of the standard red.  This year the National Sea Scout Committee has authorized the reissue of this historic emblem in celebration of the Sea Scouts, BSA Centennial.

The Centennial Long Cruise badge may be awarded to any Sea Scout or Sea Scout adult leader who meets the Long Cruise requirements during the 2012 Centennial year (January 1 – December 31, 2012).  The badge may be continually worn after 2012 by those who have earned this special recognition.

The Centennial Long Cruise Badge is available for purchase after January 1, 2012 at The Ship's Store.  Sales of the badge will be discontinued at the end of 2012.

Western Region Selects 2012-2013 Boatswain and Boatswain's Mate-

The National Sea Scout Support Committee and the Western Region Commodore, Glen Meskimen, are pleased to announce the selection of Parker Smith (San Rafael, CA) as Western Region Boatswain and Lila DeTreaux (Princeville, HI) as Western Region Boatswain's Mate.

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The Chairman of the 2012 William I. Koch International Sea Scout has announced the selection of Kim Houton as the event Boatswain and Matt Gorman as the Boatswain's Mate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Centennial Boatswain's Pipe, laser imprinted with the First Class Anchor, is availble for purchase from SG Trading Post.

 

 

 

Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Honors Sea Scout Centennial

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America passed the following Resolution Honoring the Sea Scout Centennial, February 8, 2012, on the 102nd Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 

RESOLUTION 

 

WHEREAS, Arthur A Carey founded Sea Scouts in the United States in 1912, with the Boy Scout Training Ship Pioneer in Boston, and 

 

WHEREAS, for 100 years Sea Scouts has provided young people with positive opportunities through hands-on maritime experiences, and 

 

WHEREAS, Sea Scouts has championed responsible boating to guard against water accidents, and 

 

WHEREAS, Sea Scouts has partnered with civic organizations promoting safe boating, environmental conservation and community service and 

 

WHEREAS, Sea Scouts has inspired American youth to join maritime industries and competitive sailing, and 

 

WHEREAS, thousands of Sea Scouts have served in the US military and defended their country, and 

 

WHEREAS, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz stated that forty percent of the men under his command in World War II had been Scouts, who had won sixty percent of the decorations for valor, and 

 

WHEREAS, Sea Scouts in America host many Sea Scout competitive and safety training events throughout the United States. 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby 

 

RESOLVED that the Executive Board of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, hereby congratulates and salutes the Sea Scouts on their Centennial for providing leadership and positive opportunities for America’s youth. 

 

California Assembly Honors Sea Scout Centennial

The California Assembly honored the 100th Anniversary of Sea Scouts at the International Boating & Water Safety Summit on March 5, 2012.

California is the first state to honor the Sea Scout Centennial.

Representative from State of California presenting resolution from the California Legislature Assembly to Charlie and Keith saluting the 100th Anniversary of the Sea Scouts

Representative from State of California presenting resolution from the California Legislature Assembly to National Sea Scout Director Keith Christopher and National Commodore Charlie Wurster, saluting the 100th Anniversary of the Sea Scouts.

National Safe Boating Council Salutes the Centennial of Sea Scouts

Presentation by National Safe Boating Council to National Commodore and National Sea Scout Director honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Sea Scouts.

National Safe Boating Council

 

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