PHOTO: Left to right: Gayle Horvath (Mate), Harrison Stone, Zackary Forest, Garret Harwood (Skipper), William O’Connor, Daniel Johnson, Rik van Hemmen (Committee Chairman)
RED BANK, NJ – Sea Scout Ship 5 Navesink celebrated its first Bridge of Honor on Monday evening, October 21 2013, at the Red Bank Elks Lodge 233. The celebration recognized the first rank advancement for three scouts: Daniel Johnson of Long Branch, Harrison Stone of Long Branch, and Zackary Forest of Red Bank. Each scout achieved the Apprentice rank.
Formed in October 2011, Sea Scout Ship 5 is a member of the maritime branch of Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. Membership is open to young men and women ages 14-21.
The ship (“troop”) focuses on learning maritime skills using resources throughout the northeast region in addition to engaging in extensive community service. Rank advancement is available and encouraged as a scout’s knowledge widens and deepens. Ranks include Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster, the last of which is equivalent to Eagle Scout, although much harder to attain.
Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA) is the sponsoring organization for this Sea Scout ship. NMHA’s focus on maritime education, environment, and sustainability provides extensive resources for the scouts. For more information about NMHA and Sea Scout Ship 5 Navesink, go to www.navesinkmaritime.org.