Announcement 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain
The National Sea Scout Support Committee announces the selection of Peter Schmidt of Springfield, Illinois as the 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain. His term of office is June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. He is a member of Ship 123, Popeye, of the Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Peter will represent Sea Scouts from across the United States as the youth representative on the National Sea Scout Committee. He will report to the National Commodore and the National Director of Sea Scouts. He will serve as the liaison with the Regional Boatswains' and other youth leaders.
Peter is a Quartermaster Sea Scout. During his tenure in Sea Scouts, he has served as Ship Boatswain, Ship Yeoman, and Council Boatswain. He served as the Central Region Area 3 Boatswain from 2010-2011 and as Central Region Boatswain from 2011-2013. He earned the Centennial Long Cruise award and the first Long Cruise Arc, along with his small boat handler and qualified seaman bars. Peter also earned his Eagle Scout Award, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and the Venturing Silver. He was recognized by his local council with the Venturing Leadership Award; as well as the Area and Region Venturing Leadership Awards for his service to Sea Scouts.
He attended the BSA Powderhorn course and has attended training with the National Youth Leadership Training and the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. He has completed the introduction to SCUBA program and BSA snorkeling. He has completed the NASBLA certification in the State of Illinois by BoatED and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Peter is currently a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. His primary focus will be in construction management with a secondary focus in sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. He has begun work on a computer science and a leadership studies minor.
Peter shares his reasoning for wanting to serve as the National Boatswain. His goals cover the areas of marketing, recruitment, and communication. While serving as the National Boatswain, he would like to establish quarterly communications with the Region Boatswains to discuss ideas, events, and recruitment practices to help grow the program from a youth perspective. He would also like to focus on using social media, in order to publicize the Sea Scouting program as well as to continue sharing our great program. He wants to create a National Youth Task Force, utilizing the diversity in our program to address opportunities for the Sea Scout program.
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.
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.
IRVING, 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.
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
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 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 Water Safety Congress Honors Sea Scout Centennial
Presentation by National Water Safety Congress to National Commodore Charlie Wurster and National Sea Scout Director Keith Christopher honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Sea Scouts
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