Submitted by Sea Scout Ship 110.
TACOMA – The Sea Scouts from the Charles N. Curtis spent time during their Winter break to help in the restoration of Roosevelt Barracks at the Washington State Soldier’s home in Orting so that it could house homeless veterans.
The youth were charged with the responsibility of making the Barracks ready for occupancy in a short period to time, which was necessary due to a pending inspection.
Completion of the project was urgent and Mark Atkins, the Facility Manager, asked for help. The barracks needed to be refurbished to house disabled/homeless veterans.
Four Quartermasters and their teams went into action and pulled their crews together. The project details were discussed with Mark as the crews arrived at Roosevelt Barracks.
Roosevelt Barracks is a two story, three-wing structure with dormers. The second floor was in need of refurbishing. There were 40 residence rooms some of which had bathrooms. Additionally there is a main room for meetings and showers and bathrooms in the two large wings. There was approximately over 7,000 square feet of work that needed to be done in a short amount of time.
The project was a very large. In order to accomplish the task we broke the work into four smaller assignments. Each crew leader could then concentrate on their area to meet the needs of accomplishing the end goal.
Before any of the actual work could begin trash had to be cleared from the floor. Everyone worked together to accomplish this. One crew was tasked to remove tape from fixtures, windows, doors, and anything else that was taped that shouldn’t be taped. Another crew followed with paint and brush and did all the touch up paint on the walls, doors, and fixtures that needed to be blended. Floorboards were separating from the walls. A crew inspected each room and the halls. Repairs were made and prepped for painting the floorboards for a more professional look. The lockers had to be cleaned.
The windows had not been opened for some time. Some needed cleaning and some needed removing grime from the gutter where the window nested. Another job was to return the blinds to the rooms for reinstallation. In addition to cleaning the windows and returning the blinds to the rooms the crew mopped the floors and accomplished any odd jobs that the maintenance facilitator asked of them. Two Sundays and the floor was now ready for inspection on the following Wednesday. It passed on the first inspection.
The crews completed the tasks needed to accomplish the renovation of the 40 bedrooms for homeless and disabled veterans to have a roof over their head, a hot shower, and safety from the elements.
Logistics are being accomplished now so disabled and homeless veterans can now apply for a room at Roosevelt Barracks, Washington State Soldiers Home, to keep them warm, clean, and safe from the elements.
Toys for Tots- American Veterans- Marine Corps Reserve
I plan to work with the AMVETS Toys for Tots program and collect toys for less fortunate youth. I will help children across the United States have a merrier Christmas by raising awareness of the project with fliers and physical representation, as well as receiving toy donations during the hours I am completing the project. To maximize the effectiveness of my project, I will communicate with a business that sells toys and station myself and my crew outside to reach as many people as possible with the time we have.
Two other teams completed toy drives for the Toys for Tots campaign. Working in conjunction with American Veterans and the Marine Corps, the two groups organized individual campaigns, located a retailer who supported the goal, and staffed the collection post. In each case the response was over whelming gathering over 70 toys and filling two car loads.
Thanks, crew, for a great job.
Holiday Cruise for People with Disabilities
This a very special event where the community and Yacht Clubs join together annually to bring cheer to a group of 200 or more individuals who are underserved with a festive occasion including a boat ride, pizza dinner and a dance. The Curtis land crew helped prepare the special peoples for the boat ride. The Curtis underway crew with Mr. and Mrs. Claus took our guests for a ride.
This is a special event for the Curtis, helping those with greater needs, learning compassion and understanding for others and appreciation of the gifts we have.
The Lighted Boat Parade
The Lighted Boat Parade is a combined community effort by the Yacht Clubs to bring a festive spirit to the community. 25 brightly decorated boats started from Tacoma Yacht Club paraded down Ruston Way to the Foss Waterway. The Curtis crews spent 3 Saturdays replacing 300’ Christmas lights and adding decorations. The morning of the parade was an all hands effort to get the decorations in place and ready. As we pulled out of our dock Saturday evening our starboard engine failed again leaving us with the port engine to carry on. We lead the parade down Ruston Way into the Foss Waterway. Unfortunately, we were unable to end the parade at the South end of the Waterway due limited maneuverability and had to turn back at Martinac.
Adventure > Character > Leadership
Fitness > Discipline > Self Esteem
Teamwork > Good Citizenship
The Charles N. Curtis, Sea Scout Ship 110 is a program of the Scouts of America. Serving our community and her young men and women ages 14 and over since 1924.