You’ve heard of Boy Scouts, you’ve seen Girl Scouts (we all know you bought their cookies…), but have you heard of Sea Scouts? Not many people have, Sea Scouting is a high adventure program focused on water based activities; sailing, water skiing, small boat sailing (row boats, canoes, etc.), and more. Not only do they focus on water based activities, Sea Scouting also offers activities like camping, rock climbing, and other land based activities.
Co-ed, Sea Scouting is for teens ages 14yrs – 21yrs. To become a sea scout you must be 14yrs or 13yrs and have completed the 8th grade.
Instead of “troops”, the term used to describe Boy Scout groups, Sea Scout groups are called “ships.” In Sea Scouting you have 6 different youth positions; Boatswain – the leader of the ship, Boatswain’s Mate for Program – the event planner/coordinator, Boatswain’s Mate for Administration – Back up for the Boatswain if he or she cannot make it to a meeting and helps recruit new members, Yeoman – writes down all notes from each meeting and handles any publicity, Purser – the bookkeeper/accountant for the ship, and Storekeeper – keeps track of the ship’s inventory/equipment.
Even though each position entitles different jobs, everyone needs works together so that ship may run smoothly. With enough practice and some guidance from the adults, scout members learn how to self-manage and learn how to work well with each other. Each position is held for 6 months, allowing scouts to experience each position.
One ship in particular is Ship 22, located off of LaVista Rd in Tucker, Georgia. Ship 22 is made up of mostly homeschoolers or former homeschoolers from Tucker, Decatur, Lenox, and Chamblee areas.
Going on their 16th year, Ship 22 have provided teens with opportunities to explore, learn, grow, and develop themselves as people and leaders. The scouts have been to events like Leukemia Cup Regattas, long cruises out on Lake Lanier, and lock-ins. Outside of the more fun events, their scouts have been able to learn and become CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard Certified as well as develop leadership skills.
Ship meetings consist of planning their next few meetings, events they want to attend, and learning seamanship skills. Some meetings have been for recreational purposes; ship parties and game nights.
Their latest big event was their long cruise last fall in August. For 4 days they sailed out on Lake Lanier, learning about how to cook and clean up after their meal on a ship, how to navigate and read a map, anchoring their ship, sailing, and much more.
Recently they’ve finished holding a fundraiser at the United Unitarian Church – they made dinner for roughly 100 people – called the Wonderful Wednesday Dinner. They were able to raise enough funds for future events, one of which is the annual Tampa Bay Regatta, one weekend for sailing, getting together with other ships from Tampa (and whoever else comes) and earning awards.
To join Ship 22 go to their website at www.seascoutship22.webs.com to view when their next meeting is and who to contact for more information.