The month of DECEMBER will be very exciting for Sea Scout Ship 229. Staff members have been very busy during the month of November making arrangements for the Ship’s annual year-end Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony.
The Sea Scouts worked hard this year pulling together their first Boot Camp and raising money to take a trip to Buffalo to spend the weekend aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock to learn and live the life of a Navy Sailor. The Sea Scout’s performed in many community events including the Memorial Day Ceremony and with several other major events at the H. Lee White Marine Museum through this summer season.
On Saturday December 17th Sea Scout Ship 229 will host a Navy Seal Mentor at their morning Drill to explain what it takes to become a Navy seal. The Sea Scouts will learn the importance of daily physical training, how to make it through BUDS and the life of a Navy Seal. Several of the Sea Scouts are interested in becoming Navy Seals when they join the Navy so this class will be very beneficial for them.
On Saturday afternoon, Sea Scout Ship 229 is off to the VA Hospital in Syracuse for Operation Teddy Bear. There scouts will visit with wounded Veterans and wish them a Merry Christmas. The Sea Scouts will leave a Christmas Teddy Bear and thank the Veterans for their service to our great Country. In past years the scouts have found that the Veterans are very appreciative and at times there are tears from both the Veterans and the Sea Scouts. This has become a great opportunity, for young people to experience the act of giving to someone who gave for others.
Sunday December 18th starting at 1 pm will be the Sea Scout Ship 229 Awards Ceremony and Christmas Party. The keynote speaker will be Captain Daniel L. Weed U.S.N. Professor of Naval Science at Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y. Captain Daniel L. Weed, a native of Norwalk, CT, entered the Navy through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Rochester and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Astrophysics.
Captain Weed attended Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and Naval Propulsion Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY in 1982. His first assignment was to the SKIPJACK class fast attack submarine USS SCAMP as Electrical/Interior Communications officer on USS SCAMP (SSN 588), conducting Northern Atlantic Special Operations and UNITAS South American Deployment in 1983-1983. After being selected for the Arleigh Burke Excellence Award at Surface Warfare Officer School, he was assigned as Damage Control Assistant and First Lieutenant on USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) where he planned and coordinated deck and damage control operations during a six-week REFTRA availability in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As Operations Officer USS SPRUANCE (DD-963) he conducted Counter-Drug Operations in the Western Caribbean, and was assigned to the pre-commissioning crew USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), where, as Reactor Training Assistant, where he completed over 1,000 hours of nuclear propulsion plant operations on nuclear powered submarines, surface ships, and aircraft carriers. As Executive Officer USS HEWITT (DD 966), he conducted Tomahawk Strike Operations during OPERATION DESERT FOX and emergent SEVENTH Fleet deployments during the Taiwan-China Missile Crisis in 1996. He has also served as Chief Staff Officer, Destroyer Squadron NINE, Everett, Washington, Commanding Officer, USS CUSHING (DD 985), and Fleet Operations Officer, COMSEVENTHFLT.
Sea Scout Ship 229 is very pleased and honored to have Captain Daniel L Weed attend the Awards Ceremony and Christmas Party. It promises to be a great time with good friends and good food.
Members of the public are encouraged to come early at noon on Sunday for a meet and greet with the scouts and leaders.
If you would like to learn more about this exciting Naval and Nautical program please visit our website at www.seascoutship229.com. If you are between the ages of 14 to 21, male or female, you can join today and “LET YOUR ADVENTURE BEGIN”.
Call Jackie Christian at 315-529-5870 for how to become a crewmember of our ship.