From the field: Boy Scouts tour Station Rochester, N.Y.

Guest post by Lt. Tom Pequignot, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y.:

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., hosted a group of Boy Scouts from Pack 203 on Saturday.

The group of eight Boy Scouts and their parents were given a tour of the small boat station that included an overview of life at a Coast Guard station, a hands-on showing of the 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 25-foot Response Boat-Small, as well as a demonstration of survival and law enforcement equipment.  The purpose of the tour was to provide a glimpse of what the Coast Guard does on a daily basis and educate the boy scouts on recreational boating safety.

The crew of Station Rochester routinely hosts one or two tours a month with local troops from the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America. In the summer months, the crew hosts a weekend camping trip where the Boy Scouts get a boat ride on the motor life boat and learn basic navigation and seamanship skills.

“It is important that Coast Guard Station Rochester is a good neighbor and a positive role model with the local community,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Cleversey, executive petty officer of Station Rochester.

“We welcome the opportunity to educate and show the public what our organization does on a daily basis.”

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