Young people, adult leaders sought for new Sea Scout program starting soon in Middle Susquehanna region
As a teenager growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, with a full slate of responsibilities at home on the family farm and a growing list of activities in extracurricular ventures like Scouting and sports, there really isn’t a whole lot of time to be still.
Until a weekend Scout canoe trip down Pine Creek.
Sea Scouts is a longstanding initiative under the larger Boy Scouts of America umbrella in the same vein as the Venturing program. It is a co-ed youth-led and adult-mentored experience that includes valuable certiﬁcations in SCUBA, boating safety, lifesaving, and CPR, as well as advancement in rank from Apprentice to Quartermaster.
The opportunity here seemed too good to pass up … a coming-together of a riverkeeper association with a branch of Scouting that is focused exclusively on boating and our aquatic resources. I am thankful that Scouting's Seven Bridges District Chair and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Board member Marissa Crames helped orchestrate the connection and the opportunity to collaborate in this way.
It would be great to give young people today the same sort of engagement with our aquatic resources that I so greatly appreciated during my Scouting days, and this Sea Scout experience should be a great way to achieve that experience.
We are at the place where we are actively seeking potential new Sea Scouts (ages 14-20) and adult leadership.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Steve Smith (who I served along side as a teenager on junior leadership training programs in the early 1990s), who will serve as the unit’s Skipper (similar to a troop Scoutmaster) via email by clicking here.
Or, feel free to contact Sean Dresang, another key player in organizing this program by clicking here.
For Scouting questions or needs in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties contact Marissa Crames at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact me (Riverkeeper John Zaktansky) at email@example.com
A few mythbusters about the Sea Scout program, for those who may be curious:
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.