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Sea Scouts is OFFICIALLY the youth program of US Coast Guard Auxiliary

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Saw the announcement on Scouting Newsroom.   Not sure what kind of impact it may have on Sea Scout program other than, perhaps, to raise awareness within USCG Auxiliary.  Any thoughts from Sea Scouters?

https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/u-s-coast-guard-auxiliary-and-the-boy-scouts-of-america-announce-sea-scouts-as-the-auxiliarys-official-youth-program/ 

 

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Yep, this has been in the works for a while now.  It is a very good thing.  The CG Auxillary has a lot of excellent training and resources to help the youth and scouters in the program.

There are now a lot of older experienced mariners that will be able and willing to teach the youth excellent skills.

It really isn't about Coast Guard itself.  USCG Auxillary is a seperate entity than the CG.

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Hmm... I don't know about this.  The last time the BSA became the official youth program of a group it didn't work out so well.

Hopefully this goes better.

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9 hours ago, ParkMan said:

Hmm... I don't know about this.  The last time the BSA became the official youth program of a group it didn't work out so well.

Hopefully this goes better.

what program was that?

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45 minutes ago, scotteg83 said:

what program was that?

 

45 minutes ago, scotteg83 said:
  10 hours ago, ParkMan said:

Hmm... I don't know about this.  The last time the BSA became the official youth program of a group it didn't work out so well.

Hopefully this goes better.

We have another big thread about that program. I remember 106 years being mentioned.

The problem is recruiting and convincing teens that "messing about in boats"  is a worthwhile thing to do, along with soccer, wifi gaming, other sports,  etc. etc. 

 

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2 hours ago, SSScout said:

 

We have another big thread about that program. I remember 106 years being mentioned.

The problem is recruiting and convincing teens that "messing about in boats"  is a worthwhile thing to do, along with soccer, wifi gaming, other sports,  etc. etc. 

 

If Parkman is comparing it to LDS, I dont see how these two relate.

 

But it did last 106 years

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A Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla was the Chartered Organization for my Ship in 1970's suburban Chicago.  I earned Quartermaster in what can only be described as a splendid Scouting unit.  The Auxiliary members were our adult unit leaders.  Sea Scouts (called "Sea Explorers" for a brief period of time when temporarily combined with the Exploring program) and the Auxiliary was a perfect program combination then and can be again on a national basis.  Most of our Sea Scout alumni joined that Auxiliary Flotilla and became its source of new membership -- I think we had the youngest average age for an Auxiliary Flotilla because of that.  And, the Ship was able to benefit from existing opportunities to participate in boating activities with the Auxiliary without having to arrange the purchase and maintenance of very expensive boats and equipment.  This is an example of a very effective combination where each organization is bettered as a result.  The comparison to the LDS creating its own Venture Scout program and adapting the Boy Scout program to serve its religious and missionary preparation objectives is just not relevant.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary will assist the Sea Scout program as it is currently configured.  They will be a perfect national Chartering Organization.

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Soon to be a Sea Scout ship...

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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11, District 5 Southern Region, is sponsoring the creation of a new Sea Scout unit in Smith Mountain Lake (VA). The Flotilla will serve as the chartering organization and in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

More at source:

http://www.smithmountaineagle.com/boating_fishing_and_outdoors/article_5feed788-107d-11ea-83af-1bbd7c515077.html

Edited by RememberSchiff
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