Byline: The Log Staff
DANA POINT — Mariners Sea Scouts are kicking off their 35th year with an open house, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the OC Sailing and Events Center in Dana Point Harbor. An informational meeting will include a tour of the Dana Point facility and refreshments for prospective new members.
Youths from throughout Orange County are invited to learn about the opportunities available with the local Sea Scouts program. Visitors can learn about the Sea Scouts’ co-ed boating program for ages 12 to 18, designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a low cost, organizers said.
Recreational sailing and racing, along with weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands, allow participants to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. No previous boating experience is required.
The group owns a fleet of small and large sailboats and puts together trips aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. In addition, kayaks, rowing boats, outboard powerboats and motorized inflatable dinghies are available for member use.
Mariners Sea Scouts is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing Division and has been based at Dana Point Harbor for 35 years, under the leadership of Jim “Skip” Wehan.
Youth members have an opportunity to sail and live aboard the Spirit of Dana Point every summer for a nine-day trip at sea. Six local Mariners just returned from an international Sea Scout Regatta held at Cal Maritime Academy, where they competed with other Sea Scout teams from around the world.
A $10,000 college scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating Mariners high school senior.
For more information, visit mariners936.com.