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DANA POINT — Four Sea Scouts from Mariners 936 of Dana Point have been awarded the rank of Quartermaster, Sea Scouting’s highest honor.

The Quartermaster Award stands for excellence, and results from a young adult’s determination to reach goals that he or she has set and achieved. To attain this rank a scout must demonstratEan in depth knowledge of maritime skills, and hold leadership positions within the ship. Quartermaster designation also requires an extensive project that demonstrates leadership of other scouts and a commitment to community. 

Kyle Baldovin, Sofia Maranto, Helen Payne, and James Talay all worked their way through many rank requirements of skills in seamanship, all held leadership roles within the ship, and all demonstrated a dedication to community and ability to direct others, as they planned, organized and implemented their service projects.

Baldovin’s venture provided a picnic area for visitors of the Marine Mammal rescue in Laguna Beach, Maranto organized a Spanish language book drive to benefit students of Las Palmas Elementary school, Payne’s team built a buddy bench for Orroyo Vista Elementary school, and Talay provided planning, materials and a team to rejuvenate a community park in Mission Viejo. All four will attend college this fall pursuing degrees in Maritime, Environmental and Biological sciences.

Attaining rank is an optional requirement of Mariners 936, who offer a year round program teaching sailing, maritime, and leadership skills and are based out of Dana Point Harbor. For more information see or email

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