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How the new SEA SCOUT BASE- GALVESTON changes Scouting’s course.


Making Waves


by mark henricks photographs by w. garth dowl ing


and programs to put Scouts in boats on the waters in and around Galveston Bay. It took Herrera most of an hour to get back to the office, but the visitor, Charles Doolin, waited, and the two struck up a conversation that lasted three hours. From that beginning sprang Sea Scout Base-Galveston,


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a complex anchored by a five-story, 60,000-square-foot building with lodging, a cafeteria, classrooms and offices now rising on the shores of Offatts Bayou on Galveston’s landward side. When complete this year, it will include an outdoor chapel shaped like a ship, a pool big enough for swimming tests and scuba certification, dock spaces for a sizable fleet of sail and powerboats, and other needs for hosting 200 to 300 Scouts on seaborne adventures up to a week or longer. Among the features of Sea Scout Base-Galveston is


an environmentally friendly design that aims to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design


All Scouts need is a morning of instruction on the water before they’re ready to race one another up and down Offatts Bayou at Sea Scout Base- Galveston in Texas. Sailing into Galveston’s shipping harbor on the Tom Foolery (right), Troop 55 Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Whiteside draws Scouts’ attention to oceangoing freighters and an offshore drilling platform.


NE DAY IN 2007, Bay Area Council Scout Executive Chuck Herrera’s office called him to say a man had come by to talk about Sea Base Galveston. At that point, the base was little more than a vision Herrera had for facilities


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