Sea Scout Ship 678 Tsunami of Battle Ground, Wash., was awarded the coveted BoatUS Flagship Award at Boy Scouts of America annual meeting held last Friday in San Diego.
Sea Scout units, called "ships," are part of the Boy Scouts and use boats, seamanship and nautical skills to develop character and leadership qualities in young people, both male and female.
BoatUS originated the Flagship Award in 2002 to recognize excellence in program quality, youth achievement, adult commitment and to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting, a co-ed program for young adults age 14-20. Approximately 6,000 youth participate in Sea Scouting in 557 Ships nationwide.
Sea Scout Ship 678 Tsunami operates on the lower Columbia River and trains on a range of boats including a converted, 36-foot former Vietnam-era minesweeper launch that runs on 75-percent biodiesel fuel. Known for leaving the scent of French fries in its wake, the vessel began using the environmentally-friendly fuel made from reclaimed cooking oil as part of a high school class project.
To see video of some of the ship's activities, go to www.ssstsunami.com/videos.