ScoutFleet to celebrate Sea Scouting’s 100th anniversary

Hoist the main sail!

Starting today, 28 vessels and 230 Sea Scouts arrive in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for Centennial ScoutFleet 2012. 

The event, which celebrates this year’s 100th anniversary of Sea Scouts, will put the program on full display with events including an exciting ScoutFleet Regatta starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The regatta—visible to those on land in the harbor area—will feature uniformed Sea Scouts sailing boats of all variety and lengths, including the flagship boat of the Chesapeake Sea Scout Flotilla, a 46-foot Morgan Ketch sailboat, Der PeLiKan.

After the regatta, an exchange of cannon salutes from the Der PeLiKan and USS Constellation—the Navy’s last wooden warship—will echo throughout the harbor as the Scouts undergo a review of ships. A parade of ships will follow. Then, the group will celebrate Sea Scouting with a gala birthday party—the highlight of which will be a cake with 100 candles! Keith Christopher, national Sea Scout director, will also speak to the crowd.

This visible display of Sea Scouting in such a prominent and busy harbor honors 100 years of tradition in a program that keeps older Scouts active by teaching how to “cruise large boats, operate large diesel engines, and make lifelong friends,” says Joshua Gilliland, national Sea Scout Centennial chairman.

Learn more about ScoutFleet and find a Sea Scout ship near you by visiting Plus, you can find a recap of this event, including photos of the regatta, in the November-December issue of Scouting.


Scouts gather to shape the BSA’s future (while adults sit back and watch)

Nobody complained about the Randy Travis song strumming out of the speakers.

Sure, the 24 Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts in the room would have preferred listening to, well, anything else. But they didn’t speak up.

That was exactly Sara Parker-Lacobee’s point.

Parker-Lacobee, training designer for the BSA, played some of the aging country star’s music to test the young men and women.

“I purposely played Randy Travis,” she said. “You have to speak up and tell us we’re not being relevant.”

After that, Parker-Lacobee didn’t have to tell the Scouts to be vocal. They were ready to take over Scouting’s playlist.

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Meet Eva Hogan, your 2011-2012 National Sea Scout Boatswain

Eva Hogan enjoyed her time in the Girl Scouts, but it didn’t offer enough of one activity she craved: sailing.

So one Monday evening in 2006, she checked out a Sea Scout meeting with a local ship.

Here’s how she remembers it: “I went to my first ship meeting that night, and they said, ‘We’re going sailing this weekend. Do you wanna come?’ I said, ‘Um, yes!’” Continue reading

Houston triplets receive Sea Scouting’s highest honor

Congrats to the Halling Triplets

Pollyanna, Aaron, and Lilliebeth Halling with their parents.

Lilliebeth and Pollyanna Halling were jealous. Why did their brother, Aaron, get to go on all of these fun Boy Scout outings when they couldn’t?

That disappointment quickly turned to enthusiasm, though, when the triplets turned 16. That’s when the trio joined Sea Scouts and made adventure a family affair.

On Friday, their dedication paid off when all three earned the Quartermaster Award, Sea Scouting’s highest rank. They later said that reaching the summit of Sea Scouting was never in doubt; it was their plan from the start.

Now, there aren’t any records to confirm this, but word is that the Halling Three are the first triplets to achieve this honor. That makes it extra-special for the Halling family.

What’s next for these outstanding young people? Well, would it surprise you to learn that the trio decided to attend the same school, Texas A&M University? Or that they joined the prestigious Corps of Cadets together, too? I didn’t think so.

Congrats, Pollyana, Aaron, and Lilliebeth!

Need Boy Scouts of America logos? Look no further

If you’re responsible for your unit’s Web site or newsletter or have a Scouting-related PowerPoint presentation coming up soon, here’s a resource that might help.

The Boy Scouts of America’s Marketing team has created a Web site of current logos that are available for unit leaders to download for free.

You’ll find logos for all of the current Scouting programs there, from Cub Scouts to Venturing. You’ll also find logos for Philmont, Northern Tier, and the Florida Sea Base.

There’s a logo for Boys’ Life magazine and one for our magazine, Scouting. The new Scouting logo seen there was created as part of our award-winning redesign that happened last year.

If you’re interested in logos, check out the new and old Scouting magazine nameplates below. We think the new logo is more modern and better conveys the mission of our magazine.



High-resolution logos or logos not found on the BSA site are available on demand by e-mailing the BSA’s Licensing and Trademark Protection Team.

Tomorrow is the first Sea Scout Recruiting Day

What did you do this weekend? If you're in any Scouting program, the answer probably comes with a great story.

And now is the time for members of Sea Scouts, BSA to share their stories with potential recruits. The first-ever Sea Scout Recruiting Day is tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 25), and it's a great opportunity for young men and women to learn more about the program.

If you know some seafaring youths, have them search for their nearest ship online. 

Sea Scouting started in 1912, so its centennial comes right on the heels of the BSA's centennial. As Sea Scouting begins the countdown to the end of its first century in operation, Sea Scouts are looking to increase their membership from 7,000 to 10,000. That means that every Sea Scout Ship would need to add six members between now and the end of 2012.

That starts with Sea Scout Fall Recruiting Week, which ends tomorrow. All week, Sea Scouts have been showcasing the best aspects of their program and asking potential recruits, "What did you do this weekend?"

Florida Sea Scouts win coveted sailing trophy


Two teenagers from Florida out-sailed one of the largest fields ever to win the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup last week in New London, Conn.

The event, held every two years, brought together 80 young men and women for "an international sailing regatta that provides competition between U.S. Sea Scouts and international Scouts," according to the competition Web site.

The winning tandem was Cody Stansky (holding trophy on the left), a 16-year-old Sea Scout from Jupiter, Fla., and Andrew Britton (holding trophy on the right), also 16, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

They're pictured above with, from left, Retired Admiral Charles Wurster, the current Sea Scouting Commodore; Bill Koch, the event's underwriter and winner of the 1992 America's Cup; and BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca.

Cody and Andrew sailed as part of Ship 777, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. A team from New Zealand placed second, and Heidi Rittmeyer and Peter Bied of Chicago finished third.

The competition was truly a global one, with competitors traveling from New Zealand, Australia, England, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago. Sponsorships from West Marine and the United States Coast Guard Academy helped fund the event.

For more information about Sea Scouting, check out the official Web site.