Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Sea Scouts, a specialized program of the Boy Scouts of America traces its roots back to England and Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, whose vision to teach boat management and seamanship as a means of self-development and self-improvement for young men inspired Arthur A. Carey of Massachusetts to begin using the schooner Pioneer as a Boy Scout Training Ship, on the waters of the Massachusetts coast; and

Whereas The Sea Scout program which started in Massachusetts and has since grown into a national coed outdoor program for young adults ages 14 to 20, that promotes knowledge of our nation’s maritime heritage and provides young people with positive opportunities through hands-on maritime education, training, and experiences; and

Whereas Sea Scouts has partnered with civic organizations promoting safe boating, environmental conservation and community service; and

Whereas Thousands of Sea Scouts have served in the military and naval forces of this nation and actively defended their country; and

Whereas Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz stated that forty percent of the men under his command in WWII had been Scouts, sixty percent of whom won decorations for valor; and

Whereas This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sea Scouts and their many contributions to the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 8th, 2012 to be,

SEA SCOUTS DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency                 

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin        
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts