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Happy 107th Birthday Sea Scouts!

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Sea Scouts, BSA was established in 1912 as the second program of the Boy Scouts of America to offer new adventures for older Scouts. The 1912 logbook of the Boy Scout Ship Pioneer, recognized as the first Sea Scout Ship, has the first documented evidence of the birthday of Sea Scouts. The Logbook states that the first cruise was on July 9, 1912. The Pioneer took on crew, set sail, anchored, and immediately conducted small boat drills. This easily could have a been a Sea Scout cruise in the 21st Century, demonstrating our core activities are timeless.

We’ve come a long way since that first cruise but one thing is certain ... the best has yet to come!

Happy Birthday Sea Scouts! 
#SeaScoutDay

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I'm one of the many, many scouters who really never think much about Sea Scouts.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Glad to hear they have such a long and colorful past...

What's the significance of this particular date though?

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1912- Sea Scouting in America was founded when Arthur A. Carey of Waltham, Massachusetts, had Sea Scouts using the schooner Pioneer and was appointed Chairman of the National Council Committee on Sea Scouting. That summer, Charles T. Longstreth organized a Sea Scout patrol on his yacht in Philadelphia. Both of these men prepared pamphlets on Sea Scouting and Carey’s Cruising for Sea Scouts was the first literature related to Sea Scouting.

7/9/1912 was the date of the cruise.

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