The Sea Scout Ship Gryphon of Redwood City, CA hosted Troop 206 of Menlo Park, CA for a morning of learning how to row a whaleboat and boatswain’s chair. 13 Boy Scouts attended in all. The Troop was divided into two Patrols. While one Patrol went out rowing, the other learned boatswain’s chair.
Joint activities where Boy Scouts can be introduced to Sea Scouts is vital for the growth of Sea Scouts. These sort of events allow Boy Scouts to learn a little about Sea Scouts and have fun. Equally important, Scoutmasters and Parents get to watch Sea Scouts in action.
Joint activities can be organized by Sea Scout leaders attending Boy Scout District meetings. Offer to the other Scout leaders opportunities for their Scouts to go out rowing, work on the Sailing Merit Badge or any nautical themed Boy Scout requirements. Such activities let the Boy Scout leaders see the benefit of Sea Scouts. It also allows District Chairman and District Executives ways to retain older youth in Scouting.