Sea Scouts BSA has launched a podcast network at https://seaScoutsbsa.buzzsprout.com/. The first ‘Reef Points’ episode is particularly good and all Scouts should check it out. It doesn’t officially replace the ‘Fast Start’ training for Sea Scouts, but it’s pretty close. Might make for good listening for folks stuck at home craving a Scouting fix.
Please help us welcome Steve Nelle to the position of Alamo Area Council 2019-2020 Sea Scout Commodore, effective immediately. A Council Commodore is a volunteer who is a member of a local council, and provides support to the Sea Scout ships chartered in the council.
In the Naval services, a “commodore” is an officer who commands two or more vessels.
Commodore Nelle can also assist the Regional Sea Scouts Committee to develop, maintain, and improve the program, literature, policies, and support materials of Sea Scouts in a manner which will emphasize the purposes and assist in achieving the objectives of the Boy Scouts of America.
Steve Nelle has been in Scouting for most of his life. He joined Cub Scouts at age 7 in Omaha, Nebraska, aging out at the rank of Life in his Boy Scout Troop. When his sons were old enough to join Cub Scouts, Steve got involved as well, holding a variety of positions ranging from assistant den leader to Cubmaster to Assistant Scoutmaster.
“Thank you Steve for your positivity and willingness to help grow Sea Scouts in the Alamo Area Council,” said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.
The Council Commodore areas of responsibilities can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Communicate to Sea Scouts on upcoming opportunities with the council.
- Report to the council executive board on Sea Scout activities.
- Work with the Council Scout Executive, staff and District Commissioners assigned
to Sea Scouts for recruiting, council sponsored Sea Scout events and program
growth and delivery.
- Visit individual Sea Scout ships to maintain effective communication and
awareness of their program needs.
- Encourage a cooperative union among Sea Scout ships and a positive
relationship with other programs in the Boy Scouts of America.
- Recruit volunteers to develop council sponsored events and training
- Promote growth of council Sea Scout ships, including marketing materials,
training materials, and recruiting of new volunteers.
Through the years, Steve enjoyed interacting man mentoring many of the Scouts in the Troop, while his sons learned valuable skills, earned their ranks, became actively involved in OA activities, and ultimately both earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Steve’s oldest son was 13, he heard about Sea Scouts. Naturally, Steve joined his son in this new facet of Scouting. He took Sea Badge and SSABLT training, and became the Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 26 Alamo (based at Canyon Lake). Steve held that position for over six years. During his time as Skipper, he and the Ship went on numerous trips and events, both as a single ship as well as in conjunction with other ships from both the Capitol Area Council and the Sam Houston Area Council.
Steve graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1985 with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to moving to Texas, Steve worked for a couple of companies in Michigan and Wisconsin and has been at Continental Automotive Systems in Seguin for the past 20 years. He specializes in the computer field working with Linux, VMware, Docker and Kubernetes to meet his company’s needs for server and virtualization technologies. Steve’s interests outside of Scouting include Sailing (naturally) and Chess, and you can often find Sea Scouts challenging him to a chess game at almost every Sea Scout event he attends.