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POCATELLO — A Sea Scout ship has been established in Pocatello, chartered by the Pocatello Community Charter School.

Sea Scouts are part of the Boy Scouts of America, established in 1912, just two years after the Boy Scouts of America was chartered by Congress in 1910. Boy Scouting was started by Lord Baden Powell, a retired British Army officer with the purpose of teaching boys outdoor skills, character building, honesty, moral character, leadership, etc.

Sea Scouts, BSA, is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 20. For over 100 years, Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship, improved members' boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Sea Scout units — called ships — are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers and lakes. They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that youth won't find anywhere else.

Sea Scout Pillars: The best part of Sea Scouts is cruising and mastering on the water skills. Sea Scouts perform various kinds of service from service to their ship to community service.

Sea Scouts is youth-led and adult mentored. Sea Scouts abide by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Slogan and Promise.

Sea Scouts are recognized and rewarded for the things they learn and do in on the water activities. Youth can learn valuable certifications in SCUBA, boating safety, lifesaving and CPR.

Sea Scouts receive training in seamanship and leadership. What makes Sea Scouts so unique is getting out on the water with a variety of boats, from small motorboats to small sailboats and large yachts. Sea Scouting provides plenty of opportunities for youth to learn seamanship skills that will take them cruising the waters of life.

A Sea Scout ship was established in Pocatello 1933, chartered by the American Legion Post No. 4 in Pocatello, with 11 boys and five adults. They had a motor launch and cruised lakes and rivers in Southeast Idaho.

Sea Scout ship No. 1492 Santa Maria, was chartered by the Pocatello Community Charter school in December of 2018 and is part of the Scouts BSA as a coed unit for youth ages 14-20. It is an officially established unit with the Grand Teton Council. The Santa Maria is mostly a sailing unit, with three sailboats, four canoes and 11 youth and six adults. We are having our open house on Sept. 19 at the Pocatello Community Charter School, 995 S. Arthur Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. The entire community is invited to the open house.

For further information, call Gary Davis, committee chair at 208-681-0183.