Charles N Curtis
Sea Scout Ship 110
September- October Report 2016 In the fall our crews work at Husky Stadium on the waterfront helping boaters land or transit from moored boats to the loading docks. The bay and docks are filled with Husky fans. We staff 8 locations including a galley (camp style) for a 10 hour shift. Fans are transported to and from the docks by chartered small boats. We help the fans get off and on the charter boats, maintain security watches while the boats are unattended during the games, and some crowd control.
This is a tremendous opportunity for youth to take responsibility and assume leadership. A typical work party includes a team of 30 or more members.
There were few weekends left for fun and training. The donation of a Gig Harbor Boat Works 12’ dory provided an opportunity to row as a team.
Looks like some practice is needed.
The boat is named the Puffin, a great addition to our program.
Engine repairs shut the Curtis down for two weekends. Getting the repairs completed before the holiday season and the many scheduled events was very important. The last weekend of October we stopped in at Gig Harbor for lunch and on the way, had the pleasure of watching hump back whales. One dove directly under the Curtis. Sorry we did not have time to get a picture.
October 31st was Halloween and a karaoke party.
Ear plugs were advised.
Annual Recruiting Drive
We can use your help. We are always looking for new members. We have a lot of fun, accomplish a lot, and the youth gain a great deal from the program. The following describes our program and the goals. Please read and refer our program to your friends.
Sea Scout Program
Charles N. Curtis Ship 110
The Curtis program is unique in its breadth and scope. Few programs aspire to achieve as much as this Sea Scout program does.
Formed in 1924 as a Sea Scout Ship, a division of the Boy Scouts of America.
We serve young men and women ages 14 to 21.
We use boats as a platform from which we teach both life and technical skills
Length of program:
This is a year a round program.
Training meetings are held twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays.
A youth often remains in the unit 3-4 years.
The long-term interface with youth provides a continued opportunity to make a positive long- term impact on behavior.
Life skills include attributes, such as:
We use classrooms combined with hands on training to develop skills.
Engineering (engine operation and repairs)
Marine repair and maintenance
Small boat handling
Youth are recognized for rank advancement and special achievements.
The highest rank earned is Quartermaster (equivalent to Eagle Award)
Nationally there are approximately 35 Quartermasters each year of which 2 to 3 are from the Curtis Program
The crew and adults participate in 50-60 service events per year.
We strive to support our community, our teachers and industry by helping our youth grow and mature.
The youth are active participants in the adult world, preparing them for future interface with employers.
Each service project provides the opportunity for youth leadership.
We teach the importance of community and the act of giving back.
We reach into all segments of our community
About 20% come from homes with financial need.
20% have some disabilities.
15% are minorities.
The community provides most of the funding for ship maintenance and upgrades.
Direct operating cost are funded through:
Youth fees which include:
Dues ($85.00 per year, pays for uniforms, books and registration)
Cruising fees. (Weekend overnights and annual long cruises).
Youth fees are low so that all youth can afford to be part of the program
Work at Husky football games
Participants earn about 2/3 of the annual cost to be in the program.
The platform we use:
The Curtis is a commercial vessel.
Our operation conforms to Commercial Standards.
We are inspected semi-annually by the United States Coast Guard.
We have six (6-8) licensed Captains.
The use of the vessel provides a learning structure not found elsewhere.
Youth must work as a team or the Curtis cannot get underway.
The program is built on trust. Trust that both youth and adults will act with responsibility.
We are an all-volunteer group.
We have 35 registered adult leaders.
All adults have their backgrounds checked.
Adults are mentors for youth.
o We use adults with an array of skills, both professional and technical