OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Naval Sea Scout Ship 229 held its second annual Christmas party and awards ceremony on Dec. 18 at the McCrobie Building.
The Christmas party was a success with 50 scouts, their parents and friends in attendance.
The group enjoyed delicious food and soft drinks.
Parents and special guests mingled as they waited for the awards ceremony to begin.
The ceremony began with certificates of appreciation awarded to parents and local supporters of Sea Scout Ship 229.
That was followed by personal awards to each Sea Scout where they were recognized for their outstanding performance throughout the year.
Finally came unit promotions.
For many of the Sea Scouts this means a higher rank and more responsibilities.
Skipper Patricia Whaley noted in her speech “that the Sea Scouts have worked very hard this year and have certainly earned the promotions they are about to receive.”
Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, was in attendance and shared with the audience that the “relationship between Sea Scout Ship 229 and the H. Lee White Marine Museum was a perfect blend for both parties.”
Niess surprised the officers of Sea Scout Ship 229 by awarding them with a certificate of recognition of dedicated volunteer service to the H. Lee White Marine Museum for the year 2011.
The last award of the day went to Lead Petty Officer Shannon McCann.
Lead Petty Officer McCann has been with Oswego Naval Sea Scout Ship 229 since the very first day and she has been a great supporter along the way.
Niess was pleased to award her with the highest award in Sea Scout Ship 229, which is Sea Scout of the year award.
Lead Petty Officer McCann has shown true dedication, outstanding performance, true military bearing and excellent leadership to her unit and shipmates. Bravo Zulu!
Young people interested in joining this exciting new program can stop in on Saturday (Jan. 28) at 2 p.m. and visit with our ship and see how you can become part of Oswego Naval Sea Scout Ship 229.
Location of the meeting will be 42 Lake St., the McCrobie Building, second floor.
Contact Jackie Christian, 315-529-5870, for more information.