Youth marine-based scouting available on San Juan

  • Fri Sep 14th, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Sea Scouts

The Friday Harbor Power Squadron has partnered with the San Juan Yacht Club to sponsor a new scouting unit in the San Juan Islands.

Sea Scouts has been a branch of Scouting BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) since 1912 and is a co-ed outdoor marine-based program for young men and women ages 14-21. The objective of Sea Scouts is to train a new generation of mariners in skills both dockside and at the helm. The new unit will meet weekly at the San Juan Yacht Club at 6-7:30 p.m., every Tuesday, starting Sept. 18. The first 12 new members will also get a free full youth membership to the San Juan Yacht Club.

The unit will be working with both sail and power boats, from small tenders up to vessels of 100 feet. Twice a month, the Sea Scouts will take to the water for hands-on helm practice, each day of which counts towards their Coast Guard Captain’s License.

Those interested in joining the unit as a Sea Scout or Sea Scout adult volunteer can contact Skipper Eric Stone at SJSeaScouts@gmail.com

For young boys and girls under the age of 14, who are still interested in joining scouting, a new co-ed Cub Scouts pack, for grades K-6, is forming and Troop 4090, for ages 12-18, are always accepting new members. Contact Skipper Eric for more information.