History of Sea Scout Ship 1000

East Trinity Trails District, Circle Ten Council

Boy Scouts of America


Ship 1000 was founded in 1976.  History from 1976 through 1998 is being researched.

In 1998, Scouter Jeanne Tunks was approached by its then-leader to take over as the ship’s Skipper. The ship was then chartered with White Rock United Methodist Church in East Dallas.  Jeanne took on the ship, with the assistance of Tom Tunks, Mate, and Don Roberts, Committee Chair.  All three adults were long-time, well-trained Scouters:  all three were Woodbadge trained; Jeanne and Tom had each been District Chair; Don Roberts had been District Commissioner.

Seeking to learn all she could about Sea Scouts, Jeanne completed Seabadge training in the fall of 1998 at Florida Sea Base.

When Jeanne became Skipper, the ship was in possession of four boats, though only one was usable.  The ship slowly started accumulating other boats through donation.  Meanwhile, the new ship leadership used the usable boat, slipped at Captain’s Cove Marina on Lake Ray Hubbard, to take potential Scouts out on the water to recruit new membership.

After developing a relationship with yacht broker Inland Sailing, located at Captain’s Cove Marina, Jeanne and Don worked to transfer the ship’s charter from White Rock UMC to Inland Sailing.  This change shifted the Ship’s charter into the Gray Owl District (Garland and Rockwall).

Through Jeanne’s tenure as Skipper, the ship membership averaged about 7 to 10 Scouts, which was the national average crew/ship size.  The Scouts enjoyed a very active program:  they sailed twice each month, year round; elected Quarterdeck officers each year; took canoeing trips occasionally; participated in the Captain’s Cove annual Christmas parade, the local Scout Show, and Scouting for Food each year; and served dinner at annual district awards dinners.  Ship 1000 hosted many Boy Scout troops to complete their Small Boat Sailing and Canoeing merit badges, as a service to the Scouting community.

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The Ship adult leadership coordinated skills training to prepare all Scouts to be able to skipper a sailboat.  These included hands-on knots, man-overboard, and boat-handling training.  Scouts were supported through rank advancement availability.  However, pursuit of advancement was not pushed, as many of the Scouts were shifting out of Boy Scout troops and were not interested in further rank advancement.  

Jeanne and Tom traveled to the British Virgin Islands on their own summer vacation in 2003.  Upon seeing their pictures and hearing about the islands, the Scouts decided to plan and take a high adventure trip to the BVI themselves in 2004!

Adam joined Ship 1000 as a Scout in 1998.  He did pursue rank advancements as a Sea Scout, and earned the rank of Quartermaster in 2001.  Upon his 21st birthday, Adam continued his involvement with Ship 1000 as a Mate.By 2005, most of the Ship’s members had aged out of the Sea Scout program.  Jeanne had fewer Scouting positions at this time, and didn’t feel she had an adequate network to recruit new members.  She asked her son and former Ship 1000 member, Adam Tunks, to take over as Skipper in the fall of 2006.  Jeanne, Tom and Don continued as Mates and Committee Chair for the Ship.  Adam’s then-girlfriend Catherine also became a Mate.

Through guest sail days, primarily with Girl Scout Troops and Boy Scout Troops, Adam rebuilt Ship 1000’s membership to an average of 6-9 Scouts.  The new Scouts enjoyed learning sailing skills and elected new Quarterdeck officers.  They continued to sail twice each month, participate in Scouting for Food, and host Boy Scout troops and other guests.

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In the summer of 2008, Ship 1000 took a high adventure trip to the British Virgin Islands.  Three Scouts and four adults traveled to Tortola and bare-boat sailed two monohull vessels (32’ and 39’) for a week in the Caribbean.

By the spring of 2009, Ship 1000 was growing in membership and programming, adding overnight weekend sails and other activities.  Catherine created the ship’s website (www.ship1000.org) to help promote both internal communications and community publicity.  The ship continued to host Boy Scout troops as a campout site, sailing with them on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, as both a service to Scouting and as a potential recruiting opportunity.  Adult leaders also participated in the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ “IP College”, teaching the “Smooth Sailing” interest project, for the second consecutive summer.

In the fall of 2009, Ship 1000 moved across the lake to Chandler’s Landing Marina, at the request of the marinas’ owner.  (Docks at Captain’s Cove were being converted to covered motorboat slips.)

The ship started gaining publicity in the Gray Owl District that fall.  Adam and Catherine began attending monthly roundtable meetings to increase our visibility and to grow our network in the Scouting community.  Adam began having breakfast with the Rockwall Scoutmasters each month and developing community

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ties. At this point the ship also really started to ramp up its service to the district and the council through hosting more frequent guest sail days and camping weekends.


An adult committee became more active in 2010, primarily in helping the youth coordinate fundraising activities.  Ship 1000 also participated in a new event called Rockwall Scout Day, which was created that fall.  This was an event open to the community to demonstrate what Scouting is about, and invite new members.  Ship 1000 used this as a recruiting opportunity, both for current Scouts and for community members.

Adam attended Seabadge in fall of 2010, at which he connected with many Sea Scout leaders throughout the state, including T.W. Cook, the Commodore for the Capital Area Council.  Through introduction to it at Adam’s Seabadge course, Ship 1000 first participated in Sea Scout Academy, a weekend rank-advancement education experience hosted by the Sam Houston Area Council in Alvin, TX, in January of 2011 (and has participated annually since then).  At this event, the Scouts met other Sea Scouts from across the state, and got excited about ramping up class-time learning and uniforms (at this point our uniform was a Ship t-shirt and ball cap).  It was an exciting youth-driven shift in the ship!  Chambray uniforms were ordered in March of 2011.

As our membership continued to grow (average membership of 8-10 Scouts), so did collaborations with other boaters in the Dallas area.  Ship 1000 members and adults began taking courses through the Dallas Sail & Power Squadron in the spring of 2011, beginning with the America’s Boater’s Course (Texas boater education license).  

Of note, the ship formed BSA Ship 1000 BC (Booster Club) in the spring of 2011.  This organization was given a 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS and became the title holder for all ship property.  It continues to be the recipient of all donations and the legal entity that provides Ship 1000 autonomy.

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The first Bridge of Honor for Ship 1000 in many years was held in May of 2011, as a joint Bridge of Honor with Ship 77 at Rush Creek Yacht Club.  Ship 1000 Sea Scouts were presented with six rank advancements, the first rank advancement since 2001.  

Ship 1000 first attended a summer Safety at Sea course, an educational course that teaches on-the-water safety skills through hands-on activities, at Lake Texoma in August of 2011.  This event was hosted by Ship 911 out of Pottsboro, TX.  In the fall of 2011, Ship 1000 began the DSPS Seamanship course as structured class-time learning (continued through spring 2012).

Adam continued to make strides in increasing the visibility of Sea Scouting within our district and council.  In the fall of 2011, the Circle Ten Council established a Venturing Officers’ Association, and with Adam’s support, Ship 1000’s Boatswain served as the Council Boatswain (the only Sea Scout representative on the VOA).

In the spring of 2012, four adults (Catherine Tunks, Mate; Don Henry, Mate; Tom Tunks, Mate; Anica Lazarin, Committee Chair) from Ship 1000 completed Seabadge. Adam and Jeanne Tunks also served on the Seabadge staff.

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Continuing relationships developed through Sea Scout Academy and other statewide networking, the ship traveled to Houston to sail on sister Ships’ boats in the shipping channel and Galveston Bay in March of 2012.  Then, in April we participated in the Council’s Venturing Rendezvous (hosted by the VOA).  In June, we participated in Safety at Sea at Lake Texoma again.  In July of 2012, three Ship 1000 Scouts participated in National Youth Leadership Training courses, with scholarship assistance from Friends of Texas Sea Scouts.

The year 2012 was one of change in the life of Ship 1000.  The Gray Owl District was dissolved, and Ship 1000 became part of the new East Trinity Trails District. The ship continued to grow to its largest enrollment of 12 members.  Also that year, Adam approached Mate Don Henry about taking over leadership of the ship and in November, Don became Skipper.  That month, Adam was also interviewed by Scouting magazine, for an article that was published in May 2013, helping to shed light on Sea Scouting as a BSA program.  Adam also managed a shift of the ship’s charter organization from Inland Sailing to the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron.  (This is the local chapter of the United States Power Squadron, a national nonprofit boating education organization.)

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The ship again attended Sea Scout Academy in January 2013.  Adam then taught the US Power Squadron’s Piloting course through the spring semester.  The ship was invited to (and did) attend the council Friends of Scouting dinner to represent the Sea Scouts program.  Under Adam’s guidance, a Ship 1000 scout served as the event chair for the East Trinity Trails District spring camporee, at which about 215 Scouts participated in Sea Scout skills-themed activities.

In 2013 the Don Henry and Robert Phillips began developing a relationship between Rush Creek Yacht Club and Ship 1000, just south of Chandler’s Landing on the lake.  That summer the Scouts were invited by Rush Creek to participate in Dallas Race Week, a corporate sponsored sailing event benefitting the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club.  The ship also gained local publicity when it was featured on the local show Chevy Hometown Kids.  Ship 1000 wrapped up the summer with a long weekend of sailing activities, known as Phoenix weekend, with Ship 1225 from Lewisville, TX.  The event was filled with racing skills, classroom sessions, and socialization with other Sea Scouts.  The ship continued through the fall with overnight sailing weekends and occasional races with Rush Creek Yacht Club.  In November 2013 the ship spent a weekend on Lake Texoma, power boating with Dallas Sail & Power Squadron members by day and camping by night.

The ship continued several annual activities in 2014: Sea Scout Academy, Scouting for Food, biannual garage sale fundraisers, monthly sailing afternoons, racing at Rush Creek, overnight sailing weekends, and regular Quarterdeck meetings.  For the second consecutive year, Rush Creek invited the ship’s Scouts to participate in its summer Wednesday night races and Dallas Race Week.

In the summer of 2014, the ship planned and executed its first high-adventure trip in six years: nine scouts and four adults traveled to Galveston for a week filled with activities, including an overnight stay on the Battleship Texas, a tour of Texas A&M Galveston’s marine academy, a tour of the local Coast Guard station, kayaking at the new Sea Scout Base Galveston, co-op charting with the Galveston Bay Sail & Power Squadron, and an afternoon at Schlitterbahn.  The ship again finished out the summer with the “Reefed and Ready” (formerly Phoenix) weekend with Ship 1225, as well as a weekend of navigation skills practice in Galveston Bay on the Point Glass, a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter now used as a Sea Scout training vessel.

For the first time in its history, Ship 1000 participated in the Minto Rendezvous, a regional event where Sea Scouts test their knowledge and skills. The competition includes over 20 events that test a ship’s teamwork, training and preparation in a variety of nautical-related events.  Competing with eighteen other ships, Ship 1000 finished in fourth place overall!  Through the fall the ship continued skills development, sailing, racing, Quarterdeck and all-ship meetings, and fundraisers.  The year was finished with the ship’s first Bridge of Honor since 2011, where ten Scouts were awarded rank advancements.

Ship 1000 has returned from its fourth Sea Scout Academy event, this year at Sea Scout Base Galveston – an incredible facility.  The ship is gearing up for another fantastic year of Scouting!


History written by Catherine Tunks.