Sea Scouting in Edmonds—Building character while having fun

By Bob McChesney, Executive Director, the Port of Edmonds | Oct 13, 2011

Recently our Edmonds Sea Scouts returned from their annual “long cruise.”

For young people who have been learning sailing and seamanship on day cruises and an occasional overnighter, a week in the San Juans definitely qualifies as a long cruise.

And to hear their reports, a good time was had by all.

Today’s Edmonds Sea Scout program began in early 1994 and the Port of Edmonds has been proud to be their sponsor from the beginning.

In the 17 years they have been in existence, the Sea Scouts have shaped the futures of more than 200 Edmonds’ young people, making them not only proficient, responsible boaters, but better citizens, as well.

Several local Sea Scout members have gone on to maritime careers, civilian and military.

Sea Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America, but membership is not just for boys.

Teenage girls are active members as well. Dues are minimal, members pay for their own uniforms and personal expenses, but the myriad other costs of boating are borne by the Sea Scout organization and community volunteers.

The Port Commission has made Sea Scouting a community service priority from the beginning.

They recognize that supporting our community means supporting its most important asset: our youth.

They make permanent moorage space available to the Scouts and provide our Commission meeting room for their shoreside meetings.

In return the Scouts perform a variety of year-round marina maintenance, cleaning and public service projects at no cost to the Port.

In the Edmonds Sea Scout “ship,” as it is called, the emphasis is on sailing.

They have two sailboats: 27 and 32 feet in length.

The largest has a diesel inboard auxiliary engine; the other is outboard powered. Whenever possible, the actual sailing and navigating is done by the Scouts themselves.

The adult leaders are aboard to provide guidance and a level of security.

The Skipper (a job roughly equivalent to Scoutmaster) is Jeremy Makin.

There are a number of other adult leaders and committee members as well.

Local organizers choose to focus on sailing rather than powerboating because of the more complex maritime skills involved.

Besides sailing and seamanship, a young person can expect to learn a number of other useful skills as a Sea Scout, including boating safety, navigation and piloting (the old fashioned way as well as with modern technology), knots and lines, planning, teamwork, rules of the road, even cooking at sea.

For those wishing more information, Skipper Jeremy Makin can be reached at 206 579-3955.

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