The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association, a network of over 90 yacht clubs around the Chesapeake Bay, has granted reciprocal membership to Sea Scout Ships who operate in those waters. The agreement, essentially a gift to the Sea Scouts, opens up the marinas and other club resources to Sea Scouts who are out and about exploring the beautiful waters of the Bay. The agreement allows Sea Scouts Ships to obtain overnight docking for a small flat fee as opposed to much higher commercial rates. It grants them access to showers, restrooms, laundry, restaurants, and especially SWIMMING pools at the often exquisite venues all around the Bay. And they can dub themselves “yachties”, but without having to wear the double-breasted jackets with shorts!
The Commodores of the BSA Areas and Councils surrounding the Chesapeake are drafting specific behavioural rules governing unit interactions with the clubs. But until then, Adult Leaders should carry a laminated copy of their current, unexpired BSA membership card (available through my.scouting.org if needed) to show the manager as needed. Boatswains should radio the respective club in advance to ensure availability of slip space or to confirm if any special events would preclude a visit. But otherwise – go and explore! (And obey the Scout Oath and Law at all times!)