West Virginia scouts win Flagship Award

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A crew of Sea Scouts from Westover, W.Va., won the BoatU.S. National Sea Scout Flagship Award for 2005, BoatU.S. said in a release today.

Eight members of the crew, two adults and six youth, traveled to Dallas to accept the Flagship trophy May 27 at the Boy Scouts of America annual meeting. Around-the-world sailor, aviator and BSA Venturing Committee Chair Steve Fossett presented the Flagship Award on behalf of BoatU.S. along with Charles Holmes, director of BSA's Venturing Division.

This is the fourth year for the Flagship Award, originated by BoatU.S. in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting and the first time given to a non-coastal Ship.

In honor of the achievement, the city council of Star City, W.Va., the "summer port" where the Sea Scouts keep their Chris Craft, proclaimed the week of May 23 "Arcturus Week."

Sea Scout Ship 46, Arcturus, of Westover, W.Va., ranked tops in the nation for its excellence in program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment. Like all Sea Scout units, Ship 46 uses boats, seamanship and nautical skills to develop character and leadership qualities in young people.

The Ship, with 20 male and female Scouts, aged 14 to 20, made attaining the Flagship Award its mission for all of 2004. In the process the Ship complied an impressive record of accomplishments, including 47 days of on-water activities.

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