Everett Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts is a co-ed division of the Boy Scouts of America, and shares the same principles and goals. They are one of the only youth sailing programs in Snohomish County. The mission is to prepare male and female youth ages 14 - 21 to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and the Sea Promise.  As part of the nation's foremost youth program, Sea Scouts experience character development and acquire life skills and leadership skills through a program of responsible fun and adventure supported by Milltown Sailing Association.  The program includes on-water sailing, cruises, boat maintenance and repair, water survival skills, navigation, small boat handling, water safety, nautical customs, and many other nautical skills.  This high adventure youth program provides excitement, adventure, leadership, nautical skills, and character building in a social environment where the participants can meet new friends and socialize with other groups.  We attempt to expose youth to as many aspects of adulthood as possible, give them the opportunities to try new things, overcome previous fears, and practice being adults in their own peer group.  

The Everett Sea Scouts have been a charter organization of The Milltown Sailing Association for over ten years. MSA members have donated many hours to this youth sailing organization. The Scouts participate in the Log Dodge races, NWISA high school dinghy sailing regattas, and have competed twice in international regattas. 

For more information on the Everett Sea Scouts please visit their website at http://everettseascouts.org/

Sea Scouts Activities 2020

Thanks for including the Sea Scouts into the board meetings. In that past I have enjoyed attending the board meetings
and updating the Directors on our activities. The board members always have great questions and are all very supportive
of the Sea Scouts. Thank you all.

This year for the Sea Scouts, like everything, has been different, but not bad actually. No one has been has been infected
and everyone wears a mask.

At the start of Covid in March we canceled all the meetings. During that time I was able to spend a lot of time fixing our
new boat Corvus, an Islander 32’. We hauled her in May for bottom paint, new shaft, PSS dripless seal and shaft coupler.
She is in great shape after all the work we put into her. Milltown members and the club were generous with advise,
donations of parts, materials and cash. Thank you all.

In June, Snohomish County was able to move to Phase Two which allowed us to sail on the two boats in groups of five.
We were able to sail on Tuesday evenings until September when the sun began setting before 7:45. Jim Oosterhof would
also bring EXIT and take some of the Scouts on Tuesday evenings. We also were able to participate in the Log Dodges
Races. The new format was fun, everyone enjoyed it. However, we missed the dinner after and of course Grant’s jokes.
For our Long Cruise this year we went on long day cruises around Everett. This worked out real well. We sailed from 1:00
to 7:00 for a week. Each day the wind came up at 1:30 and stayed at 10kts + until we finished. We went to Langley, up
into Port Susan ( ripped the head sail in a big puff on Corvus), we sailed around Hat Island every day, another day we
sailed past Mukilteo, and Clinton. We saw whales, propose, eagles and other wild life. We saw the apartment fire too.

With the shorter days this fall we moved our meetings to Saturdays from 1:00-4:00. This also has worked out well. The
meetings are longer so more time to sail. The first part of September brought heavy smoke and no wind, so we motored
to Jetty Island and cleaned up the island. The next few weeks the weather was about the same, so we cleaned up the
Everett Marina too. October has been great weather for afternoon sails. Jim Oosterhof has been joining the crew and
giving lessons on sail trim. Everyone else has shown enthusiastic support for the Scouts.

With our Sea Scout Ship being on of the few things kids can do right now we have grown to about 12 Scouts. They all
don’t show up for every meeting so our group size usually works out fine with the two boats. However, we have stopped
accepting new members at this time because we don’t have enough boats to meet the limited group size.

On the management side of things, there will be a new Skipper next year. The new Skipper is Mike Bellgardt, he has
sailed to Mexico and lived on a Cape Dory 28 for a number or years. Currently he is an electrician working on the 529
bridges between Everett and Marysville. He is hands on and is a good sailor. Mike has formed an LLC for the Ship and is
working on a 501(c3) application. He has secured funding for Corvus so that she can stay in our fleet for the near future.

I feel the Ship will be in good hands with Mike as the Skipper. Anna will still be here and I will be around in the back

Now for the ask, our boat Corvus has the original head sails. The sails are very old, worn and have already been repaired.
And the are hanked on to the for stay. If anyone has some better old hanked on sails that fit an Islander 32, we could
really use them.

Thank you Milltown Directors and member for all your support to Sea Scout Ship 226.

Best Regards,
Paul Van Slyck
Skipper Ship 226

2020 Everett Sea Scout Donation Request

One of our goals at Milltown Sailing is to support youth sailing. The Everett Sea Scouts are the recipients of an Islander 32 in need of repair. Sea Scout Leader, Paul Van Slyck, has asked Milltown for help with parts and services. Download this donation list to see if you have items to spare. To donate, bring items to a club meeting or drop them off at a Sea Scouts meeting on Tuesdays from 6pm - 7:30 at the clubhouse.

At a recent membership meeting, Paul Van Slyk, Sea Scoutmaster received a $600 check from MSA to support the repair of the newly received Islander.