Fort Mill Times

Adventurous members wanted for Sea Scouts of Lake Wylie

Several York County Scouting groups want you to join their adventures.

Sea Scouts Ship 427 of Lake Wylie, along with Venturing Crews 422 of Fort Mill and 275 of Indian Land, are recruiting new members for the 2012-13 season.

Dallas Schumate of Tega Cay, a member of both Crew 422 and Ship 427, says he comes to Venturing to have fun with friends, go on camp outs, and do outdoor activities and high adventure.

Venturing Crews are co-ed organizations of the Boy Scouts of America for ages 14-21. Founded in 1998, Venturing Crews focus on the outdoors, character development, mentoring and student leadership. The Sea Scouts, founded in 1912, fall under the umbrella of the BSA’s Venturing program and emphasize seamanship and water safety.

Recent adventures include marksmanship and rifle safety training, camping, kayaking and horseback riding. Crew 422 recently returned from a 30-mile canoe trip at Pisgah National Forest. Crew 275 visited the Bahamas and worked as summer camp staff and participated in the sixth annual Sailoree scout sailing weekend at Camp Moultrie’s Aquatics Outpost.

On Aug. 25, the three local groups gathered at the Anne Springs Close Greenway for Adventure Day.

“I know you know how to tie a knot, but do you know how to untie a knot?” advisor Jamie Laney asked as the crew unloaded kayaks.

The schedule was packed with sailing, hiking, biking, archery and canoeing.

“With all the sports I do, I need to take a break, and this is what I consider a break,” said Aminah Powell of Crew 422.

The Venturers’ oath is to help others as well as “to seek truth, fairness and adventure in our world.” But community service also is key.

“We help with trail restoration. Some of our kids have done invasive species projects on the Greenway,” said Bill Pace, committee chair of Crew 422.

Local Venturers and Sea Scouts meet weekly or biweekly to plan activities.

Lemelia Powell, Crew 422 committee member and mom to Aminah, says her role is to “advise the kids and keep them on the right path. There’s a lot of bonding here. It’s like a big family.”

Powell credits the Venturing program with helping kids “get out of their fear mode to try different things.”

“We do more than we’re supposed to,” she said. “It teaches them to be independent. We all have room for improvement.”

Want to join?

Sea Crew Ship 427 of Lake Wylie

Sponsor: Catawba Sail & Power Squadron

About: Jim Pugh of Lake Wylie donated a boat to them. The group meets biweekly at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church. Local Sea Scouts are available to do demonstrations and community service projects.

Contact: Bill Beers, skipper, of Rock Hill at 803-327-4991