The Grand Lake Sailing Club (GLSC) of Grove has elected to sponsor the newly formed Sea Scout Ship #222.

The Sea Scouts are a division of Boy Scouts of America, but is open to girls as well. Sea Scouts is a group for boys and girls, ages 14 to 21. To those who are interested in joining, no prior scout experience is necessary.

GLSC has as a primary objective in its articles of corporation: “the promotion of the sport of sailing and the teaching of sailing skills to both adults and youth”. To fulfill that objective, the Club commits to supporting and instructing boys and girls and their scout leaders about this wonderful sport.

Sea Scouting is unique, involving getting into a boat of any size or type, learning how to operate an auxiliary engine on small sailboats to larger yachts over 30 feet long. GLSC has sailboats of all sizes available for the scouts to use as well as skilled crew to teach safe and proper operation.

Possible 2020 activities for the scouts might include Grand Lake cruises in large and small boats, sailboat races, overnight raftups in secluded coves – a sort of sea roving campout. Scouts learn the sailing language, seamanship as well as valuable water safety.

Current plans call for Sea Scouts to meet twice a month on Saturdays at the GLSC facility in Dillar Cove. The first meeting of the new year will be Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the GLSC Clubhouse, located at 31700 S. 605 Rd.

In its early startup, Sea Scout Ship 222 has met five times for class room instruction and in small sailboats on the water when four scouts had a solo introductory sail.

To learn more about this program, contact one of the Sea Scout representatives listed here: Adam Husong with BSA at 918-791-8758, Eric Davey with BSA at 918-964-1053 or Kurt Hagen with GLSC at 918-786-7637.