Commodore Cherek, IRJTN wrote:
Cardno wrote:Well apparently they have girls and boys in the same scout groups now - i think that is in some ways an advancement.... and probably in other ways, not.
I hear what you are driving at Cherek, and i do have to admit that the sea scout uniform was a bit sissy looking. The land scouts got to wear cool berets and khaki uniforms. We had those horrible flat top sailor hats.
I found my answer, thanks to the Internet. Interesting organization, much like the Boy Scouts, while the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts are primarily land based, the Sea Scouts are as the name implies, sea based. They even use the scouting symbol (I can't remember what it is called) with the anchor ans rope.
Yeah, it was a good organisation. And truth to be told, because of our location (10kms outside the city of Dunedin, in a semi rural area with some virgin bush, we also owned some land and cabins amongst the bush and did a lot of bush craft as well.
The sailing and rowing was challenging in the Dunedin Harbour, especitally with the Southerlies blowind straight up from the Antarctic during Winter and Spring. ][avok's favourite sea creature - Great Whites are also common there, so you don't want to capsize too often! Since the early 1900's over 35 people have been taken by them from Dunedin beaches, with this rate lessening with the introduction of shark nets in the 50's.