Mercer Islanders earn Sea Scout honors
January 5, 2012 · Updated 2:00 PM
Sea Scouts Bridget Eames and Eric Johnson have earned the Quartermaster Award — the highest rank in Sea Scouts.
They are both members of the Aurora District of the Chief Seattle Council and joined the Corinthian Yacht Club’s Sea Scout Ship in 2007.
Eric Johnson, 20, of Mercer Island, is an award-winning competitor in BSA sailboat racing.
Three times, he and his sailing teammate, Levi White, have won the NW Fleet’s sailing competition, the Seattle-based Kelly Cup, and also won the 2008 Kiwi Cup at the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup.
Johnson is a 2008 graduate of SEAL, the Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership training.
His June 2011 Quartermaster Leadership Service Project benefited Mercer Island’s Northstar Park, which serves families with educational and recreational activities. He is a second-year student at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif., pursuing a degree in Marine Engineering Technology.
Bridget Eames, 20, of Mercer Island, has been a BSA Venturer since 2005 and a Sea Scout since 2007. In 2007, Eames was selected to meet Britain’s Prince William at the England Centennial Worldwide Scouting Jamboree. She is a violinist and a sacred music chorister. Eames’ May 2011 Quartermaster Leadership Project benefited the Seattle Archdiocesan Committee on Catholic Scouting. She and her team offered a retreat for scouts, scouters, their friends and families. Eames is a freshman at Wyoming Catholic College, a partner of the National Outdoor Leadership School of Lander, Wyoming.
In 2008, both Eames and Johnson cruised, by special invitation, for three weeks aboard the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle from San Diego across the Equator, visiting the Galapagos Islands en route to Panama.