Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

Volume 17, Issue 2.................................................................. June 2007

UPDATED june 20th 2007



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Skaneateles Sea Scouts Ship Chartered
Skaneateles, NY is homeport for the newly formed Sea Scouts Ship 23, a unit of Hiawatha Seaway Council, Boy Scouts of America. Sea Scouts is part of BSA's Venturing Program, a maritime safety, training and on-the-water recreational experience for youth ages 14 to 20, with a focus on boating and other water sports.
To kick off their newly formed ship, the Sea Scouts took to the waters of Skaneateles Lake late last summer just before the weather turned. They gathered for an afternoon of motor boating, tubing and waterskiing. In October, the seven charter members participated in an initial orientation scuba dive class offered by Finger Lakes Dive Association at the Skaneateles Community Center. The underwater experience was a blast, and the group hopes to follow up with a more comprehensive training program.
Despite dipping winter temperatures, SSS 23 Sea Scouts have kept busy these dormant months working on Sea Scout advancement qualifications, varnishing parts for a donated Pennant Class sailboat, and planning for community service and recreational activities this coming spring and summer.
Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club serves as chartered organization for the new ship and contributed new scout manuals and flag equipment. Several local boating enthusiasts and organizations have stepped forward to assist the Sea Scouts in achieving their short-term goals. Local community organizations have also stepped forward to help the Sea Scouts in their start-up venture. According to John Paddock, Ship Committee Chair, "Skaneateles has always been a strong supporter of youth activities. We expect the Sea Scouts Ship to become a wonderful opportunity for teens who have an avid interest in boating and water-related activities."
The ship's current roster consists of an even mix of young men and women from Camillus, Auburn, Skaneateles and Port Byron. For any student wishing to spend more time on or in the water, to learn about boating from the nuts and bolts of construction and repair, to the navigational aspects of boating, to high-adventure rafting trips, the Skaneateles Sea Scouts is the place to be.
The Ship meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. at St. James Episcopal Church on the water in the heart of Skaneateles Village. Area youth are invited to come and see what Sea Scouts is all about. For further information on joining SSS 23 activities, call 315-685-9511, or e-mail Advance.Concept@Adelphia.Net

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Adirondack Chapter Needs Some Helping Hands
The Adirondack Chapter is the host chapter for the ACBS Annual Membership Meeting and International Boat Show scheduled for September 24-30, 2007 in Lake George, NY. Many have asked how they can help out at the events planned for the week. AND WE DO NEED HELP!
This is a great opportunity for members of all area chapters to come together at Lake George to see a remarkable gathering of wooden boats from all over the US and Canada. It is also a chance to attend an ACBS Membership Meeting and see our parent organization's Board of Directors in operation.
Below is a Volunteer Application Form which can be returned via e-mail, surface mail or Fax. Please consider lending a hand in this major undertaking. It will be most appreciated.
The Adirondack Chapter thanks you in advance, and I look forward to seeing you and your Finger Lakes Chapter members in September. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions.
Cheryll Slater-Schampier, President
Adirondack Chapter, ACBS


ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show
Lake George, NY
September 24-30, 2007
Name_______________________ Date _________
Ph. (D) ______________ (E/cell) ______________
Below are areas where volunteers are needed. Please check the areas that you are interested in:
Boat launch____ Registration____ Docks____ Public admissions___ Ship's Store____ Wherever needed____
Please check which day(s) and time(s) you are available:
Tues___ Wed___ Thu___ Fri___ Sat___ Sun___
8 - 11 am____ 11 am - 2 pm____ 2 - 5 pm____
For more information, please contact Cheryll Slater-Schampier, 108 Lishakill Rd.,
Albany, NY 12205, 518-456-3421
Thank You!