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Last updated Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome to the future home of Sea Scout Ship 940
based on Stillwater Lake at Camp Minsi
 


What is Sea Scouts?

Sea Scouts, BSA is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 20. A Sea Scout Ship (like a "troop" or "crew") is like a Venture Crew that is heavily focused on water-based action. This can be any type of watercraft on any type of body of water. It does not have to be a tall ship on a bay or the ocean. Most Sea Scout Ships are based around a sailboat on a local lake. The largest growth of ships is in the paddle sport craft segment.

 

Is Sea Scouts new to Minsi Trails Council?

No, the Sea Scouts, BSA program has been active in the council in the past. However, there is no Sea Scout program presently. This initiative is intended to revive the program and offer another experience to our 14-21 youth members.

 

How can I help restart a Sea Scouts program in the Minsi Trails Council?

You can learn how you can help, with no implied commitment, by emailing your contact information to contact@ship940.org. During the winter, the Council Sea Scout Committee will reach back out to all that have replied and organize an informational conference call. During the call, the committee will provide a status update, answer questions and then detail the next steps in organizing Ship 940.

 

Would Ship 940 be part of Crew 940?

No. Ship 940 and Crew 940 will be different units, with unique programming and different leadership. Crew 940 is part of the Venturing program, based at Camp Minsi, and focuses on supporting Camp Minsi, summer camp, and the three seasonal weekend programs. Ship 940, based on Stillwater Lake, will run a Sea Scout program, focusing on water-based activities and boating safety. Given the proximity to state route PA-940, they do both share the same unit number.

 

How is a Sea Scout ship structured?

Sea Scout ships, like any BSA unit, have a chartered organization structure, and a core of adult leaders, led by a Skipper (Scoutmaster) and 1 or 2 Mates (assistant Scoutmasters), along with a Ship Committee (chairman, treasurer, etc.) Youth leadership also uses nautical terms for the leadership position names. The youth leader is called the Boatswain, pronounced "bow-sun" (like the Senior Patrol Leader). The lead Sea Scout volunteer at the Council level is called the Commodore. The Sea Scout position patches for the ship officers (youth) and the ship leaders (adults) appear below.

 

What are the advancement ranks in Sea Scouts?

Advancement is an important part of the Sea Scout experience. These experiences help Sea Scouts to set realistic goals to achieve rank, accomplish projects, and gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them. There are many opportunities for advancement in Sea Scouts. Included are the trails to Eagle and Quartermaster. Each of these trails is a highlight experience, but each requires the Sea Scout to set his or her own goals and follow through to achievement. The requirements for advancement were designed by Sea Scout youth to establish standards of performance for all Sea Scouts.

 

What is Stillwater Lake?

Stillwater Lake is a freshwater reservoir that covers approximately 315-acres (1.27 km2) in Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania (just off PA-940, near the Route 380 interchange). The lake is one of the greatest attractions at Camp Minsi (a regional Scout camp owned and operated by the Minsi Trails Council) and provides a variety of aquatic activities to Scouts – including swimming, sailing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, boardsailing, and paddleboarding. Camp Minsi has a fleet of more than 110 watercraft including 21 Sunfish sailboats, a large Hobie Cat catamaran, a massive 30-person Voyageur canoe, and various other small watercraft ranging from canoes (35) and rowboats (12) to kayaks (31) to sialboards (4) and paddleboards (5).

 

Where can I find out more about Sea Scouts in general?

The official web home of the Sea Scouts, BSA program can be found at www.seascout.org.

 

How can I learn more about Sea Scouts in the Minsi Trails Council?

The fledgling Sea Scout Council Committee is actively pursuing adults (over 21) who would like to explore the possibility of signing on to Ship 940. If you would like to learn more, with no implied commitment, please email your contact information to contact@ship940.org. During the winter, the Council Sea Scout Committee will reach back out to all that have replied and organize an informational conference call. During the call, the committee will provide a status update, answer questions and then detail the next steps in organizing Ship 940.

 

Want to take the big leap?

Are you an experienced Scout leader? Have an interest and/or skill in watercraft? Willing to serve as the Skipper (i.e. Scoutmaster)? Then, please note "skipper candidate" in the subject line when emailing your contact information to contact@ship940.org.

 

 

MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-8551
Fax: (610) 465-4500

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon. -  Fri.)
 

MINSI TRAILS SCOUT SHOP

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 266-7770
Fax: (610) 266-7798

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon., Wed., & Fri.)
9:00am - 7:00pm (Tues., & Thurs.)
9:00am - 3:00pm (Sat.)