Sea Scouts

Boy Scouts of America - SEA SCOUTS

Rolling Hills Community Church sponsors Sea Scout Ship #681 Moored at Rock Marina in Lago Vista, Texas

The crew of SSS 681 has chosen the name of "Old Ironsides", the nickname of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world, for their flagship.  Ship 681 meets regularly at RHCC or their dock if boat needs to be done or sailing is on the agenda.  Sea Scouts are co-ed and Ship 681 is equally divided, girls and boys.

Sea Scout programs are run by the youth members.  Elected officers plan and conduct the program.  Being part of the vessels crew teaches teamwork.  As experience is gained, more opportunities arise to contribute to the leadership of the unit.  At quarterdeck meetings, ship's officers work together to plan and evaluate the ship's program.  Leadership skills learned in Sea Scouts last a lifetime.

Se Scout units, called "ships", focus on sailing and cruising either sailboat or power vessels.  During the boating seasons, Sea Scouts learn to maintain and operate the vessel, with a focus on learning the safe and proper methods of handling boats.  Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of bouys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or abbroach a dock.

Welcome Aboard - to the fun and adventure of Sea Scouts.  Whether you look to the sea for a career or lifelong hobby, Sea Scouts is for you.  Sea Scout units use a variety of boats, from outboard motorboats to large sailing yachts.

The water is not a place for the unwary, and the Scout motto, "Be Prepared", is imperative.  The challenge is taking a vessel from point A to point B while being ready for wahtever may be encountered along the way.  Crewing a vessel involves sharing the duties of helmsman, navigator, lookout, cook, sail handler, or engineer.  Outing s on a boat offer new destinations in the morning and the changing scenery of a new harbor by evening.  Every event is an adventure.

A youth must be 13 years of age and graduated from the eighth grade or be 14 to join the Sea Scouts.  You can stay in Sea Scouts until your 21st birthday.  If you are interested in joining Sea Scouts, please contact Skipper Chris Schuttger at 214-542-6421.

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