Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GIRL Scouts for Boaters

If you're a boater, you already know that all those knots you learned how to tie in Girl Scouts actually turned out to be really useful. But did you know that you could have learned a lot more from the Girl Scouts about seamanship than simply how to tie a knot? It turns out that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has an off-shoot organization called Sea Scouts that is right up our alley as boaters, and it's open to girls and boys - even if they didn't attend Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.

Sea Scouts is an organization with the same focus on values and leadership you would find in the Girl Scouts, but in a different setting. Instead of excursions to forests and fields for camping trips, Sea Scouts spend their weekends on the water. They learn all about water safety and boating skills. They participate in outdoor, social, and service experiences, and they discover our maritime heritage.

Even though it's part of the BSA, you don't have to be a Boy Scout to join Sea Scouts. In fact, you don’t even have to be a boy! Sea Scouting is a co-educational program offered to young adults (yes, both male and female) between the ages of 14 and 21.

To see if Sea Scouts is right for you or your kids, visit their website at www.SeaScout.org.

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