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Welcome to Sea Scout Ship 191!

Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the BSA's co-ed Venturing program for youth aged 14-21 organized to address members' boating interests, skills and knowledge of our maritime heritage.  Sea Scout units, called "Ships," enjoy sailing and cruising on either sailboats or power vessels and focus on learning to maintain and operate their vessel safely and properly.  Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, nautical navigation and how to drop anchor or approach a dock.  Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are also taught often in collaboration with recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Ship 191 was created in 2012 when the King George Ruritans elected to be the chartered organization.   Currently, Ship 191 meets on the first and third Monday at the L.E. Smoot Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  In addition to our Monday evening meetings, we also take part in weekend activities including "overnighter" sailing and camping trips, special training opportunities, community service projects, and boat maintenance and repair.

The following articles provide a brief history of Ship 191. 

October 2014 Quarterdeck Training

A great weekend full of Training and Camaraderie at the United States Coast Guard Station, St. Inigoes. The Sea Scouts even got a ride on the Coast Guard Vessels!

October 2013 - Mattaponi District Fall Camporee

The ship participated in "PumpkinPocalypse" 24-26 October at Taylor Farm in King George.  We had a great time showing off the Montego and running the Powder Monkey Challenge with the Boy Scouts and Webelos.  The really cold weather was a small challenge, but it did make cleaning up all the marshmallows a little easier.

Our trivia word was "Gedunk", which refers to ice cream, candy, potato chips, and other snack foods, as well as to the place on a ship where these items are sold. The first known published usage of the term "gedunk" in a non-naval context is in a 1927 comic strip which refers to "gedunk [ice cream] sundaes." In 1931 it was mentioned in Leatherneck magazine; subsequent early naval usage includes Robert Joseph Casey's Torpedo Junction: With the Pacific Fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway (published in 1943); and Robert Olds' Helldiver Squadron: The Story of Carrier Bombing Squadron 17 with Task Force 58 (published in 1944).  The origin of the word gedunk is uncertain, though it has been suggested it derives from a Chinese word referring to a place of idleness, or a German word meaning to dunk bread in gravy or coffee. (Source: Naval History & Heritage Command,

October 2013 - King George Fall Festival Parade

On October 12th, we participated in the 55th annual King George Fall Festival Parade.  In addition to towing the Montego down the rainy parade route, we also manned a recruiting booth at the high school.

September 2013 - Quarterdeck Training

27-29 September, Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, MD.

August 2013 - Superactivity

From 03-11 August 2013 we conducted our inaugural Superactivity, sailing the Contest 27 from Dahlgren south down the Potomac River to St. George's Island, MD.  On our return trip we conducted a service project and camped at Shark Tooth Island.

March 2013 - Catocin Winter Training Weekend

The mission of the Sea Scout Winter Training Weekend is to provide a classroom setting for the instruction of the sailing arts that lead to advancement in the Sea Scout ranks, a better knowledge of boating skills, and the ability of the adults to effectively help the youth under their care.

Ship 191 participated in the Nineteenth Annual Sea Scouting Training Weekend at Camp Round Meadow, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland from 1800 on Friday, 1 March to 1400 on Sunday, 3 March, 2013.  In addition to a full range of classroom learning sessions, Saturday evening featured a number of social activities with other ships including a dance, athletic contests, and a movie.

December 2012: Inaugural Land Ship Ceremony

On 9 December 2012 we had our first Land Ship Ceremony where we celebrated our first rank promotions, presented Plank Owner planks to the first crew, and recognized the gracious donors of a 20' sailboat to the Ship.  This was a wonderful way to celebrate the Centennial Year of Sea Scouting, and paved the way for great adventures in 2013.

September 2012: Trailer Repair Workday

Replaced skids, re-wired lights in preparation for wintering

August 2012: Contest 27 Dedication

Ray donates the Contest 27 sailboat, and the ship dedicates it to his nephew.

August 2012: First Boating Event

On 18 August 2012 we had our first boating event where we sailed our Montego 20 sailboat and a motorboat in Machodoc Creek near Dahlgren, Virginia.  This was the first "shakedown" where everything including the boats, the crew and the experiences were new.  We had wonderful weather and pizza afterward.

July 2012: Sea Scout Centennial Celebration

On 21 July 2012 we attended the Sea Scout Centennial Celebration at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland.  We had a great time despite the rain!  We toured several of the historical ships on permanent display there: the Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Taney, the WWII submarine USS Torsk, the lightship Chesapeake and the Seven Foot Knoll lighthouse.  Several of SSS 191 Scouts were also able to accompany SSS 548 aboard Sea Eagle during the Parade-of-Sail and salute to Fort McHenry.

July 2012: Re-float Montego Sailboat

After completing repairs and reloading equipment and sails, put boat back in water

June 2012: Montego Sailboat Preparation

Spent a meeting inventorying and assessing the donated Montego

May 2012: Formation of Sea Scout Ship 191

On Thursday 31 May we held a "keel laying" meeting at the King George YMCA for adult leaders interested in being a part of this exciting and new organization.  The following week, Thursday 7 June, co-ed youth were invited to hear presentations about the program and provided the opportunity to join the Ship.