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VISIT A SEA BASE NEAR YOU


SEA SCOUT BASE-GALVESTON 409-744-5206; ssbgalveston.org


FLORIDA SEA BASE 305-664-4173; bsaseabase.org


CHIEF SEATTLE COUNCIL SEA SCOUT FLEET BASE 206-920-7685; seattlebsa.org/ Main-Website-Content/Sea-Scouts


BAYPORT SCOUT RESERVATION, Jamaica, Va. Chesapeake Bay High Adventure Sailing Experience 757-595-3356; bayportsr.org


GREAT LAKES SAILING ADVENTURE, Mackinaw City, Mich. Michigan Crossroads Council michiganscouting.org/camping/great lakessailingadventure


TACOMA SEA SCOUT BASE, Tacoma, Wash. 253-572-2666; youthmarinefoundation.org


construction of the base. The floating docks attach to 18-foot pylons, well above the surge experienced during the last big storm. Residents in Galveston have a strong respect for the forces of nature. It’s that respect for nature that drove


Doolin to construct a large warehouse, boat storage and maintenance facility several miles inland in the town of Hitchcock. It’s here that the base can repair, maintain and, should bad weather require it, relocate boats to safety. The Hitchcock facility includes a spacious sail loft, complete with bolts of fabric and six sewing machines. And who operates the sewing machines, fixing and fabricating sails, as well as refurbishing tillers? None other than Capt. Doolin.


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If the idea that the primary financial


benefactor of a massive project like Sea Scout Base-Galveston would also labor long hours patching sails seems strange, that’s because there aren’t many like the Doolins. Charles is a man of exceptionally few words, but Rosemary provides any missing verbalization required. Both are deeply reli- gious, committed to Scouting, especially Sea Scouting, and absolutely unafraid of getting their hands dirty. Eric Steele, program development


and properties director for the council, estimates the Doolins are at the Sea Scout base 60 hours a week, and they are there to work. Until recently, Rosemary did the cooking and delivered the many bags of ice


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