The Yankee Clipper Crew had four scouts in attendance at the 2014 edition of Sea Scout Advanced Leader Training at Scouter Mountain in Oregon early in November. Our Skipper says this was a great event, and tremendous learning opportunity.
So what makes it great? Aside from the opportunity to trade stories with Sea Scouts from all over Oregon and Washington, the scouts also got to hear from a former NASA rescue diver who helped recover the Apollo space capsules.
There were also three different training sessions, and then the crews adjourned to the rifle range and had instruction in both archery and shooting sports. The scouts got to shoot bows and arrows and fire a whole assortment of rifles.
But that wasn’t even the highlight. In the evening, the Sea Scouts went to the nearby aquatics center which had a wave pool, lap pool, diving area, Jacuzzi, wading pool, and water slides all open and available. Instructors brought in scuba gear and survival suits for the scouts to try.
But wait, that’s not all. The sea scouts also had life rafts that the kids got to deploy and inflate, then climb into from deep water and turn upright when overturned. As the skipper says, “This is the kind of training that you can’t get in a classroom — it was lots of fun!”
Those who didn’t make the trip this year may want to sign up early next year