Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which are visiting the Bay Area and Sacramento, have agreed to partner with the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America on its Small Boat Sailing merit badge. Nearly 20,000 scouts and adult volunteers in the region will be invited to participate in the ships’ “Voyages of Discovery” program, which is offered to elementary school students in the fall and winter.
“We are excited to present these programs to scouts and scout leaders in the Bay Area,” said Joe Follansbee, communications director for Aberdeen, Wash.-based Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates the ships. “Our mission of hands-on experiential education aligns perfectly with the Boy Scouts’ Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Physical Fitness Activities programs.”
Troops with scouts pursuing the Small Boat Sailing merit badge can sign up for the ships’ Voyages of Discovery program, which features three learning stations: “Life of a Sailor,” “Navigation,” and “Early Trade.” Scouts may help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Programs are also available for other service and youth groups. For information, visit the Education Programs page or call 800-200-5239.
Launched in 1989, the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels manned by professional mariners and volunteer sailors. Lady Washington was built to celebrate the centennial of Washington State, and she is the official ship of Washington State. The wooden-hulled vessel has appeared in several motion pictures, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The steel-hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in Lahaina, Hawaii, in 1988. It specializes in hands-on education experiences for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.