Four members of YORKSHIRE's Quarterdeck provided the Color
Detail and conducted the opening ceremony in front of hundreds of York-Adams
Area Council Scouters at the Council's Annual Recognition Dinner held
Thursday evening, 20 February 20 at the Valencia Ballroom in York, PA.
Representing the Quarterdeck were Boatswain's Mate Matt, Specialist Drew,
Storekeeper Isaiah, and Yeoman Amanda. Looking exactly like the Norman
Rockwell Sea Scout image on the program cover, the crew manned a Sea Scout
memorabilia table prior to the ceremony during the reception for Silver
Distinguished visitors to the Sea Scout table
Luther Lease of Ship 37.
Another V.I.P. visitor was our Commodore Don Young in full
As Amanda rang out six bells on the ship's bell, the Color
Detail was introduced by MC for the evening Evan Forrester of Fox 43
News. Matt then took charge, and the presentation of the colors went
off without a hitch. After leading the assemblage in the Scout Oath
and Law and the Sea Promise, Matt offered the following invocation:
heavenly father, great Scoutmaster of all Scouts, great Skipper of all Sea
we ask your blessing on us as we gather together for the York-Adams Area
Council annual dinner. Bless
this food to our use, and us to thy faithful service.
ask your blessing also on the lost crew of the space shuttle Columbia whom
you have called to higher service. We remember especially those among the crew who were Scouts,
and ask that their example of unselfish service in a noble cause may be an
inspiration to all of us here tonight.
In this time of international uncertainty, we also pray for the men
and women of our armed forces, many of whom are also Scouts.
Please protect them, heavenly father, and bring them back safely to
us when their mission has been accomplished.
thank you for the life and leadership of Lord Robert Baden-Powell who
founded the Scouting movement that binds us together in the effort to live
our lives according to the Scout oath and law.
also for the life and leadership of his brother, Warington Baden-Powell,
who organized Sea Scouting for older youth, a program that adds the Sea
Scout’s obligation to live up to the Sea Promise in addition to the
Scout oath and law. We thank
you for the special opportunities available to us to venture out away from
land, for “They
that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these
see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.”
tonight, we ask your blessing upon the men and women of this Council, and
throughout the Scouting movement, who give unselfishly of their time,
energy, and treasure for the benefit of young people everywhere.
Give them the strength to carry on the work they do every day for
the good of Scouting, and let their example inspire the upcoming
generation of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts to do the
same when their turn comes.
Matt then introduced Skipper Kain who briefly recounted the
history of Sea Scouting in the York-Adams Area Council, mentioning in
particular how Mahlon N. Haines was the first Council Squadron Commodore,
and thanking those Sea Scouters such as Dave Glatfelter, Don Young and
Luther Lease who have charted a course for present and future Sea Scout
Ships to follow.
The Color Guard then marched off and the dinner began.
Storekeeper Isaiah shared recruiting tips with First Capital District
Executive Shaun P. Donovan. Both agreed there is room for a lot more
Sea Scouts in our Council.
Amanda and Matt won door prizes. At the conclusion of the program,
which included the awarding of the Silver Beaver to four deserving Scouters,
the crew packed up and headed home. (It wasn't our fault we didn't get
to retire the colors - the dinner organizers deliberately omitted this
feature, over the protest of Ship 25).
After the dinner, the Skipper happily received quite of
number of compliments about the excellent appearance of the crew in their
whites. YORKSHIRE is getting noticed, and we have been asked to do the
Landship Ceremony at the Northeast Region Bridge of Honor in March and a
special Color Ceremony this August at Camp Tuckahoe. Stay tuned .....
Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night shall keep the
YORKSHIRE's Color Guard from their appointed rounds (in this case, going
home after a very successful program to do their homework).