A Feb. 14 letter writer talked about the difficulty of measuring the results of a tall ship education program.
In 1949, at the age of 14, I joined the Sea Scouts, a unit of Boy Scouts of America. That experience changed my life. Sea Scouts inspired a dream that was not fulfilled until I was in my 20s.
In 2004 I started a Sea Scout program at Patriots Point. Three of the teens in the program were inspired to attend the Merchant Marine Academy.
The Boy Scouts Coastal Carolina Council has about 25 boats at Camp Moultrie from sunfish to 26-foot keel boats.
I have suggested that the Spirit of South Carolina people get with the Coastal Carolina Council people and find a way to work out a maritime youth program.
Training from small to large boats would have a powerful impact. Inspiring a dream is the goal, not measurable results.