Please come enjoy a day on the bay with us on board the Sea Scout Ship Gryphon for free! We would like to share our programs with the community and teach others about what we have to offer. At 10:00 am on September 8th we will start our morning with boat tours and a high-adventure activity. After lunch, we will go on a bay cruise in order to show participants the skills of our youth and showcase the things that they have learned in our program.
Today, we have some sad news about one of our own. Glen Meskimen, Quartermaster with the Sea Scout Ship Challenger and a past skipper of the Sea Scout Ship Gryphon has passed away. Glen Meskimen was a mainstay in Sea Scouting; he began his Sea Scouting career in 1960 as a crew member, then Boatswain on the Sea Scout Ship Challenger where he would eventually earn his Quartermaster and become the Skipper. After managing a change of leadership for the Challenger he was called back into service to help resurrect the program of the Sea Scout Ship Gryphon, where he brought many of the traditions and leadership that he learned in his time with the Challenger.
Glen has continued to be a contributor to Sea Scouting as a mate and committee member aboard the Gryphon and as the past Commodore of the Western Region. By and large, Glen was always ready to help the program that has transformed so many youth into leaders of tomorrow. Among his many accomplishments are Quartermaster, the Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver. Glen’s first rate leadership has helped mold the next two Skippers of the Gryphon and the ship continues to deliver the excellent program that he put in place.
Glen was the model Sea Scout who dedicated his life to the love of sea and Scouting. He will be missed dearly.
Andrew Manning started his career in scouting at the age of 11 when his grandfather encouraged him to give it a try. Andrew flew through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, First and Second Class. Andrew says that he got his drive from his grandfather, “and after he passed away, there was a real drive to finish everything up that I started since he never got the opportunity to continue scouting.” After earning the rank of Eagle, Andrew sought out further adventure in each branch of scouting since they were each unique and filled with new skills and adventures.
Andrew found the Sea Scout Ship Gryphon and began his pursuit of Quartermaster. Andrew grew through our program and continued to learn the skills necessary to become an outstanding leader and team player. Andrew gained the ranks of Apprentice and Ordinary in his first few years aboard the Gryphon and powered through his Able. On March 4th, 2016 Andrew Manning was awarded the rank of Quartermaster with an audience of his peers and family.
Andrew says that his scouting career has helped him become who he is today and we couldn’t agree more.
“Scouting has helped me become a more responsible, goal oriented, dedicated leader with lifelong skills and memories that will benefit me throughout my life. The many lessons I’ve learned and the many mistakes I’ve made have given me the opportunity to become the person I am today.”
Andrew has also earned the rank of Venturing Silver, the highest rank in Venturing which makes Andrew an incredibly rare scout. This summer Andrew is going for his second cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear from the California Maritime Academy and will continue his education at the Academy. After school, he wishes to sail aboard an offshore merchant marine vessel and hopes to earn an unlimited tonnage master mariner’s licence. A fitting tribute to his grandfather we think.
There have been a lot of requests for us to get onto Instagram and we have heard you. This past weekend we dove head-first into the social network and were disappointed that we didn’t have to shake it like a Polaroid picture. However, we are sticking with it and think there will be a lot of things that you will want to see.
Follow us on Instagram for all of our airbrushed selfies, pictures of our food, videos of our pet small boats, and photos of our workout routines. Link below.
Don’t worry, we have an upcoming event on October 3rd, at the Port of Redwood City. On that day, the port is hosting Port Fest where we will be giving free boat rides to the public. The festival will be from 9:00am to 4:00pm near the Sequoia Yacht Club in the Port of Redwood City.
Be sure to come down and join us. If you see us, be sure to tell us that you couldn’t make the open house!
Welcome to the new website for the Sea Scout Ship Gryphon! We have been going through a transition to a new web-host over the past couple of weeks and have had a couple of days of downtime. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. We will continue to update this page as we get more time from our busy schedules. Please be sure to come back soon and see some updates about the events and activities that we have attended.