The Grand Lake Sailing Club has been featured in “The American” as the sponsor of the newly formed Sea Scout Ship #222. The Sea Scouts are a division of BSA – Boy Scouts of America, and the scouts will learn safe and proper sailing skills from our very own experienced sailors with love for sailing.
This is excellent news for our club and a great opportunity for young sailors to learn about sailing, boating safety, and gaining new skills that will last them a lifetime. This article goes into depth about the success of this partnership and how it is benefiting both organizations. It’s a win-win for all involved, as Sea Scouts can learn valuable sailing skills while GLSC members get to introduce sailing on one of Oklahoma’s most pristine lakes – our beloved Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees! Please read the news feature below on how we could provide more opportunities for our youth to enjoy the great outdoors.
As featured in “The American”, Thursday, June 17, 2021
Want to Learn How to Sail?
The Grand Lake Sailing Club of Grove, Okla. – GLSC – has elected to sponsor the newly formed Sea Scout Ship #222. Sea Scouts are a division of BSA – Boy Scouts of America. Recently BSA voted to welcome girls into the organization. Thus, Sea Scouts is rightfully a group for boys and girls, ages 14 to 21. To those who would like to join Sea Scout Ship
222, you are not required to have been a scout prior to joining.
The Grand Lake Sailing Club has 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 and 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 2021 activities for the scouts might include Grand Lake cruises in large and small boats; sailboat races; overnight raft-ups in secluded coves – a sort of sea roving campout. Scouts learn sailing language and seamanship as well as valuable water safety.
Current plans call for Sea Scouts to meet twice a month at the GLSC Marina in Dillar Cove 31700 S. 605 Rd. The next meeting of 2021 will be in late June, date to be announced.
In its early startup, Sea Scout Ship 222 met for classroom instruction and later in sporty 14 ft Laser sailboats on the water, when five scouts had an exciting introductory sail, as shown in the photos below. To learn more about this program, contact one of the Sea Scout representatives.
High School students and instructors gathered on the dock at Grand Lake Sailing Club, the afternoon of June 7, to have some fun and learn how to sail. Scout leader Eric Davey, Representative of GLSC Kurt Hagen, Chandler Bratcher, Kaitlyn, William, Daniel, GLSC, Saffron and Kage.
Cody and Lilly sail a Sea Scout Laser 14 in light wind.
Kaitlyn paddles the chase boat waiting for her turn to get on the Laser.
Laser 14 sailboats capsize much to easily, but that is part of the fun. It’s a bit like sailing on a banana peel.
Sometimes Lasers turn completely upside down. That is called “turning turtle”.
Chandler (left) and Cage upright their Laser mere minutes after capsizing.
Sea Scout Representatives
Daniel Jackson GLSC 512 517-8956
Adam Husong BSA 918 791-8758
Eric Davey BSA 918 964-1053
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