Richmond Sea Scouts invites community to open house

Richmond Sea Scouts to host recruiting event Saturday
The Richmond Sea Scouts is hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 14. (Photo credit: Richmond Sea Scouts)

By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond youth who enjoy fun of the maritime variety will want to cruise by the Richmond Sea Scouts “Richmond Rendezvous and Open House” recruiting event Saturday.

The Richmond Rendezvous and Open House is set for Saturday, March 14 at 8 a.m. at Northland Nautical Sea Base, Shipyard #3, opposite 1319 Canal Blvd. in Richmond. The event is open to young men ages 13 to 18 who are interested in becoming prospective crewmembers as part of the Sea Scouts program. Visitors are also welcome.

As part of the event, there will be a day-long lineup of skills training events, on the heels of which will be a tour and dinner aboard the historic USS Red Oak Victory ship. There will be space for ships to tie up on Friday and Saturday nights. The cost is $20 per person including dinner and $20 per ship.

Per organizer John Cockle, “We are looking to recruit young men age 13-18 years old for this great hands-on program that teaches real vocational skills, teamwork and leadership.”

Cockle added that the Sea Scouts’ sister program—an all-girls program based in El Cerrito—will also participate in the event.

The Richmond Sea Scouts are a program of the Northland Nautical Foundation. According to its website, the nonprofit Foundation promotes educational opportunities for youth and adults in seamanship and navigation, maritime career skills, environmental awareness and leadership training.

For more info or to RSVP for the Richmond Rendezvous and Open House, contact Skipper Paul Hirsch at 415.637.9619. To learn more about the Sea Scouts, click here.