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introduces Sea Scouting to area SEA SCOUTING
By PATE McMICHAEL
The Brownsville Herald
BROWNSVILLE - Working together for the past 90 years, the Boy Scouts and the U.S. Armed Forces have taught thousands
of American teenagers the importance of maritime safety.
That partnership has finally made its way to the Rio Grande Valley.
Starting this summer, interested participants, ages 14-20, can make the trip to South Padre Island once every two
weeks and become a bona fide Sea Scout - with the uniform to prove it.
"This program (Sea Scouting) gives kids a chance to learn about the traditions of the military," said
Ernie Gonzalez, senior district coordinator for the Rio Grande Council, Boy Scouts of America.
"It encourages them to think about life after high school."
The alliance came together when Gonzalez contacted Executive Officer J. Franklin of the U.S. Coast Guard Station
at South Padre Island. Franklin had been active with the Sea Scouts on previous assignments.
"We are providing the kids a place to meet," said Executive Officer J. Franklin of the U.S. Coast Guard
Station at South Padre Island. "The Coast Guard's role will be to talk to the kids about Coast Guard history
Members of the Coast Guard will also be active teaching Sea Scouts how to tie knots, splicing and fancy ropework,
scuba diving, snorkeling, boating safety, marine radio, life saving, navigation, law enforcement training, camping,
wilderness survival, search and water rescue, and CPR, according the Rio Grande Council, BSA.
For those interested in Sea Scouting, a mandatory open house will be held at 7 p.m. on June 29 at the U.S. Coast
Guard Station at South Padre Island. Applicants must bring a picture ID, a $20 annual membership fee
and be accompanied by an adult.
Basic background and reference checks will be completed before anyone is accepted into the program.