The idea of opening a Sea Scouts Ship first came about in Fall 2009 during a Pack 957 visit to the USS Constellation. After doing an internet search for “Boy Scouts at Sea” – the information about Sea Scouts came up. Unfortunately, no
Sea Scout units were near the Gainesville area. The nearest unit was over 45 minutes away.
In 2010 two adults attending camp at Goshen Scout Reservation decided to take the leap and form a Sea Scout unit. In 2011 the plan was proposed to form a Ship in 2014. The National Capital Area Council suggested moving much faster and opening a Ship in 2012 – the 100th Anniversary of the 1912 formation of Sea Scouts, BSA.
After looking around the Bristow/Gainesville area, the pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church arranged for the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Rosary Council to Charter the first-ever Sea Scouts Ship in the Bull Run District. In January 2012 the opening meeting was held and the Charter was signed.
- Organizational Meeting: January 16, 2012
- Charter Date: Feb 8, 2012, Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Catholic Church
- First Regional Event, March 2, 2012 – Catoctin NER Winter Training
- First Boat: SSTV Dominion, April 2012
- First Sail: SSTV Potomac Duchess, April 14, 2012
- Second Boat: SSTV Mental Floss, September 2012
- 2013 BSA National Jamboree, July 2013
- Christening of the SSTV Benjamin Chase, August 17, 2013
- NCAC Outstanding Ship of the Year, January 2014
- NCAC Council Yeoman, January 2014
- Third Boat: SSTV Blue November, March 2014
- Koch Cup, June 2014
- First Long Cruise: SSTV Bay Explorer, July 2014
- Lone Sailor Dinner Appointment, September 2014
- NCAC Land Ship, January 2015
- NCAC Council Boatswain, January 2015
- NER Land Ship, March 2015
- Second Long Cruise: SSTV Der Pelikan, SSTV Blue November, SSTV
Motley Crew, July 2015
- Long Sailor Dinner Appointment, September 2015
- Charter Transition to Freedom Museum, October 22, 2015.
- Coming in 2016 – Sea Base, St. Thomas USVI
The Ship grew steadily through 2015. When changes in membership policy created some paperwork difficulties, the Knights of Columbus generously agreed to release the Ship with the anticipation that the Ship-Knights relationship could continue even without a formal charter agreement. On October 22, 2015, the Freedom Museum of Manassas took over the Charter.
In 2016, Ship 100 leaves with 16 members for Sea Base St. Thomas in the Caribbean, sailing around St. Thomas, camping on St. John, and snorkeling in the Caribbean waters along the way.
As Ship 100 enters our 5th year, we are thankful to all our continued sponsorship and assistance that has allowed us to grow into one of the largest and most active Sea Scout units in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Boatswains of Ship 100:
- March 2012 – March 2013 – Calum Laing
- March 2013 – May 2013 – Kayleigh Mancini
- May 2013 – December 2013 – Ryan Stark
- January 2014 – June 2014 – Ryan Stark
- July 2014 – December 2014 – Aidan Wiecki
- January 2015 – June 2015 – Zach Skiles
- July 2015 – December 2015 – Aidan Wiecki¹
- January 2016 – June 2016 – Michael Kennedy
- June 2016 – December 2016 – Zach Skiles¹
- January 2017 – June 2017 – Alex McDonald
- NCAC Yeoman 2014-15 – Cate Boulter
- NCAC Boatswain 2015-16 – Cate Boulter
- NCAC Yeoman 2016-17 – Zach Skiles¹
- Chesapeake Flotilla Boatswain 2016-2017 – Aidan Wiecki¹²
¹ NYLT Graduate
² SEAL Graduate