National Capital Area Council Eco-Challenge, Occoquan, VA
- 1 June 2002
Yorkshire, Sea Scout Ship 25, York, PA is pleased to offer the observation
that while land Scouts do their best to “be prepared”, recent available
evidence suggests that Sea Scouts are simply “better prepared.”
At the National Capital Area Council Eco-Challenge held at Fountain
Head Park near Occoquan, VA, a considerable number of land Venturing units
were entered, and one Sea Scout Ship (25).
There were team categories for male, female, and co-ed broken down
further by the age of the oldest team member, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, plus old
geezers (aka “open”). A
two-member canoe team was required to race three miles down the face of Occoquan
Reservoir, then hand off to a team of two runners, who had to run four miles
through the woods and then hand off to two mountain bikers who raced another
four miles up and down hill and over logs and rocks to the finish line.
Sea Scout Ship 25 placed FIRST in it’s category (16-18 coed), and 2nd
overall. Considering that two
of our Ship’s crew members were only 15, that all the Ship’s team had
been up until midnight the night before and then got up at 4 a.m. to drive
from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and finally considering that our Sea Scouts
lost out in the overall finish to some 19-21 year old all-male Venturers by
only a few seconds over a one-hour, 12 mile course, it appears that Sea
Scout training is very good indeed. Sea
Scouts CAN DO, and they can do it ON LAND, TOO!
to NCAC Venturing Committee Member Adair Petty for setting up such a great
event, and thanks to NCAC Venturing Director Daniel Watkins for taking time
to come out and help cheer the efforts of all involved.
If you weren’t there, you missed it.
Remedy: come next year!
the delay in getting the photos to the web. My laptop computer was so
overheated by the exciting results, it decided to crash.
Help took its time in arriving.