Compiled by the Dana Point Times
Mariners Sea Scouts will kick off its 36th fall season with an open house and informational meeting September 11 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place at Dana Point Harbor and will include a tour of the facility and refreshments for prospective new members. Youth from throughout south Orange County are invited to learn about the opportunities available with the local Sea Scouts program.
Mariners offers a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12 to 18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun boating with their friends at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands, allow participants to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. No previous boating experience is required.
Mariners offers an extensive fleet of small and large sailboats along with trips aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. In addition, kayaks, rowing boats, outboard motor boats and motorized inflatable dinghies are available for member use. Mariner Sea Scouts are a part of Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing Division and have been based at the Dana Point Harbor for 36 years under the leadership of Jim “Skip” Wehan.
Mariners’ youth have the opportunity to sail and live aboard the Spirit of Dana Point tall ship every summer for a nine-day trip at sea. In addition, a $10,000 college scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating Mariners high school senior. Mariners are offered many community volunteer opportunities and also earn credit for their service
Additional information can be found at www.mariners936.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mariners936seascouts or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.