Sea Scouts in Slidell have been around for quite a while. In the Late 70’s, Skipper Denis Atkinson formed a ship, and it existed until many of the youth went off to college. Sea Scout Ship 1 has been a resident of Eden Isles since 1988. It was at that time several members of the community reformed a ship in order to give young adults an opportunity to utilize the vast water resources that make Slidell the community it is today. Sea Scout Ship 1 “Sea Raptor” will be again and was once one of the most successful ships in the United States, and will be again, just wait!
Sea Scout Ship 1 Sea Raptors is an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and it is open to any young people between the ages of 14 and 21, male or female. This is a unique program unlike any other in all of scouting. There are two basic requirements for membership:
- The wearing of a uniform as adopted by the members of the ship. There are two basic outfits currently in use by Ship 1: the work outfit and the formal uniform. The work outfit consists of a polo shirt with the Sea Scout emblem on it, a baseball cap with the emblem, and a pair of jeans. The formal uniform consists of a white, standard military shirt, a white belt with a military buckle, and a pair of blue trousers. We are currently under the process of the adoption of a red beret to go with the uniform after considering fedoras, bowlers, Tilly, and many other types of fine headwear.
- Attending a majority of meetings is required to be considered an active member to advance through the ranks. Ship 1 holds meetings every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 14:00 in the afternoon at the Tammany Yacht Club unless otherwise notified.
In Sea Scouting, there are four ranks. These are Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster. The Quartermaster rank is equivalent to the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and can be obtained by a similar process. With the Sea Scouts and venturing the only co-ed programs of the Boy Scouts, this presents an excellent opportunity for young women as well as young men to become equal to Eagle Scout. This also presents an excellent opportunity for current Eagle Scouts to continue in scouting. Ship 1 has just recently had a member, the former boatswain Katie Hagen, to be the first member to become a Quartermaster. Sea Scouts provides enormous opportunities for young people to travel the world, such as in the Sea Exploring Advanced Leadership Training, Sea Scout Rendezvous across the nation, and special trips. Katie Hagan recently was one of two Sea Scouts to go on an all-expense paid trip to New Zealand to see the America’s Cup Race, and Rocky Thompson cruised beneath off the West Coast in a nuclear submarine.
Consider joining the Sea Scouts; some chances never come again! Ship 1 is on the rise, come and fly with the Raptors!