The 3rd Annual Jeff Adam Memorial Regatta was held on March 9th in Dana Point. This regatta’s purpose is to commemorate the life of Jeff Adam: friend, sailor and Sea Scout. Jeff passed away at the age of 22, in 2011, due to a rare form of bacterial meningitis. His passing brought together various youth groups in Dana Point harbor that Jeff was a part of, including SSS 936, Westwind Sailing, and Dana Point Yacht Club, to raise funds for the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation. Sea Scout Liz Fletcher organized the first event for her Quartermaster Award project.
Scouts from all over Southern California were invited and the event was hosted by Sea Scout Ship 936, Mariners. Their mission was to “support youth sailing and further the legacy of a young man that brought a bright spirit to all he encountered”. It was a gorgeous day of racing for the Sabot A, B and C, CFJ, 420, Laser, and Laser Radial classes. Sea Scout Sarah Wyman, now at UCLA, brought some of the UCLA sailing team down to participate, as well. The spirit of Jeff Adam was truly honored by this event.
A high water mark was achieved last year in Orange County Council, with 735 boys attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in our county. To me, this means three things:
Orange County is a great place for Scouting. The percentage of eligible boys who are enrolled in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout program in Orange County is about 10% — far higher than in any of the other southern California councils. What’s more, we produce more Eagle Scouts than the five other area councils combined. Why? Great Scouting programs in packs and troops deserve most of the credit. Our world class camp facilities like the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, the Newport Sea Base, Oso Lake, and SSR Lost Valley are perfect “factories” for a great Scouting experience. Advancement toward Eagle follows naturally.
Scouting is still relevant today. Despite media attacks, changing membership standards, and a world that loves to challenge traditional organizations like ours, the meaning of being an Eagle Scout still resonates in today’s world.
We need to tell the world about it. Just below this blog are links that you can easily post the news of 735 Eagles to your Facebook account, your Twitter feed, and email it to your friends. We have every right to brag! And sharing such great news can only help bring the Scouting message to more families in our area.
To join the celebration of recognizing these 735 Eagle Scouts consider attending and sponsoring an Eagle at our Orange County Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove. More information can be obtained at http://www.ocbsa.org/uncategorized/eagle-scout-recognition-dinner/.