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Tough Spot

Some of my older scouts have fallen down and put me in a tough spot. I went from having 10 scouts–a mix of seasoned and green–to crew the Half Shell water taxi for the May 2nd River Festival, to seven … Continue reading

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31 Emails, 27 Letters, 8 Phone Calls, 3 Thank-You Notes, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

I would not call the load typical, but yesterday’s Sea Scout work was such a challenge that I decided to log it. This was completed during the time before work, on my lunch break, and between arriving home from my … Continue reading

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Really Rolling

Things are really rolling with my Sea Scouts! With more of them taking on the task of making things happen, recently I have been:   Preparing twenty-seven letters to various community service organizations, asking for financial assistance for my scout … Continue reading

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Winter Training for the Skipper

Sea Scout Winter Training is a weekend of intensive learning, mostly in the classroom. However, human beings are hard wired to learn best from practical experience, and this is how I gained my most valuable lessons during that time. The … Continue reading

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December summary

The new editor of our chartered organization’s newsletter is printing updates about our ship. I send him a summary of our activities. This is a fun way to convey to VFW members and officers the significance of their contribution. They … Continue reading

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Let him fall

I let a scout fall on his face at this week’s Quarterdeck meeting. One of my petty officers was unprepared for a particular training activity that I had been trying to implement since the QD Training Sail in early October. … Continue reading

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Letting them fail

Some of my scouts have disappointed me by repeatedly failing to behave responsibly despite numerous reminders. Their inaction has stonewalled an important training activity, one into which I put a great deal of effort. In discussing the situation with our … Continue reading

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Training cruise

Around 9:30 pm I returned home after taking 6 of my scouts–the elected officers–on a training cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. We sailed from Baltimore to Annapolis and back, with Captain Nichols on the first leg and Commodore Alexander on … Continue reading

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Long Cruise lessons

My best teacher on our long cruise was a scout from another ship that couldn’t have a long cruise of its own. This youth had met two of the my scouts on a training weekend earlier in the summer, and … Continue reading

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