The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Clubs Association (CBYCA), a network of 100 yacht clubs and associations around the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters, has granted Partner status to Sea Scout Ships who operate in those waters. The designation, essentially a gift to the Sea Scouts, opens up marinas and other resources to Sea Scouts who are out and about exploring the beautiful waters of the Bay. The designation allows Sea Scouts Ships to request support, including overnight docking, as available, from CBYCA affiliated yacht clubs and associations. Sea Scouts may also be granted access to showers, restrooms, laundry, restaurants, andespecially SWIMMING pools at the often exquisite venues all around the Bay. Specific support available and related fees will be at the discretion of the hosting yacht club or association.
The Commodores of the BSA Areas and Councils surrounding the Chesapeake are drafting specific behavioral rules governing unit interactions with the clubs. 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 call the respective club in advance to ensure availability of slip space and support. Otherwise – go and explore! (And obey the Scout Oath and Law at all times!)