When Ship 25 Mate Chip Diamond suggested SSS YORKSHIRE might
want to help out with running the annual Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour at
Gettysburg College as a service project, it initially sounded like more work
than fun, but since Service is the middle "S" in SSS YORKSHIRE, we
gave it a try. Mr. Diamond, the Skipper, Mr. Garrod, the Boatswain,
the Yeoman, Drew, and Ashley participated. We are sure glad we
did. We had a ball (and we more than completed our 16 service hour requirement
for Apprentice!). Count us in again for next year!
The Yeoman politely declines the Sea Scout Action News photographer's
request for an action photo (as usual).
Ashley, however, is clearly enjoying a day in the sun.
Rice Hall, our home away from home. The Sea Scouts decided dormitory
life was pretty cool, and can't wait for college.
SAG 8 - the Skipper's van during the event. A SAG Wagon patrols
the 25 or 50 mile bicycle route the riders are taking to run supplies and
pickup or otherwise assist any bikers that get into difficulty.
On Friday night, the Boatswain led us on a moonlight tour of Devil's Den on
the Gettysburg battlefield.
On Saturday morning, the Boatswain looks more like a Sea Scout than a rock
The Yeoman, the Boatswain, Mate Diamond, and Chairman Garrod.
The lunch stop for the 50 milers on Saturday at Adams County National Bank,
Bikers get some refreshment at the lunch stop.
The friendly bicycle repairman was busy all day. 50 miles put a strain
on any bike.
SAG 8 awaiting orders to move on.
We sure ate well - no doubt about it!
Back at the Gettysburg College Field House, the participants begin to
A HAM operator thanks Ship 25 for their efforts.
Chairman Garrod during a break in the action.
Tim and Drew thought the best part of the day was watching the practice
sessions at the cheerleader camp that was also taking place that weekend at
The cheerleaders came in all ages. These lovely ladies will eventually
be old enough to join Sea Scouts.
More refreshments were served Saturday afternoon upon completion of that
Tim and Drew provide a surprise for Amanda Rose and Ashley Saturday night
when they opened their closet door!
On Sunday it was raining. Our hats are off to the MS bikers who
persevered in their fund raising efforts despite the unpleasant and
potentially dangerous road conditions. The Skipper's GPS was
invaluable for finding out way to remote locations.
"Ice Man", our HAM radio operator for SAG 8 on Sunday, drove here all the
way from Doylestown, PA near Philadelphia to help. "Radio
Bob" had been our radio operator the day before.
The lunch stop at New Oxford High School on Sunday.
Amanda Rose, Ashley, and Drew sample the lunch "just to make sure it's
okay for the bikers."
Tim got some very interesting video from the back of SAG 8 while we
delivered cases of drinking water.
Tim and Drew load more cases of drinking water.
Amanda Rose holds the door to SAG 8.
On the last day, Sunday afternoon, Tim and Drew's dreams come true!
The cheerleaders march by for a "pass-in-review."
Cheerleaders are cheerful by nature.
What more can we say?
Drew looks well satisfied with the weekend.
Tim tries out a phone number he worked long and hard to get from a cute
cheerleader. "Sorry - the number you have dialed is not a working
number. Please check the number and try your call again." Better luck
next time, Tim!