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
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
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
Visit the ACBS web site at www.acbs.org
and the FLC site at www.flc-acbs.org
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