Charlotte Brownstone earned Quartermaster on Ship 100 “Viking” in San Francisco.
Charlotte Brownstone earned Quartermaster on Ship 100 “Viking” in San Francisco although she didn’t find out about Scouting opportunities for young women until she was almost 16. She was part of the 2016 National Flagship crew. She attended GGAC virtual SeaBadge in 2021, is registered as a Mate and gives back to her ship.
In her own words . . .
Accomplishing the Quartermaster rank was an integral part of my teenage and young adult years. I am so grateful for the friends I met through the San Francisco Sea Scouts and the leadership and sailing skills I built, which have helped me in all aspects of my life. Sea Scouts gave me the courage to speak up more and take on leadership roles, which I never felt comfortable doing in the past. I went to Lewis & Clark College and although I didn’t study anything boat-related, I ended up becoming the co-captain of the small sailing team there and getting funding and coaching so that we could be more competitive in our district. I always came back to SF during my breaks, and was able to complete my maintenance and QM projects during those times. It was great to have that continuity and be able to have something to focus on outside of school. Post-graduation, I moved back to San Francisco. The community of Sea Scouts I knew I would be returning home to was an influential factor in that decision. I have continued volunteering with the SF Sea Scouts and it was particularly wonderful to see how impactful the program was for the current scouts during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am very grateful to be able to give back and provide a place for teenagers to go and build such important skills.