D/C Jim Beachell, JN, of District 32, swears in Josh Green, AP, as commander of Fort Vancouver Sail & Power Squadron.

D/C Jim Beachell, JN, of District 32, swears in Josh Green, AP, as commander of Fort Vancouver Sail & Power Squadron.

former Sea Scout elected commander

Scouting out a leader

After joining Fort Vancouver Sail & Power Squadron in 2003 as an apprentice member from Sea Scout Ship 202 Déjà vu, Josh Green moved through the chairs of squadron leadership and was elected squadron commander in 2008.

At 23, he is the youngest member to serve on the Fort Vancouver Squadron bridge.

In May 2007, Josh graduated debt-free from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and political science. He also earned an advanced certificate and associate degree in Management and Supervisory Development from Portland Community College.

Scouting has played a large role in shaping Josh’s life. An Eagle Scout, Josh also earned regional and national Venturing Leadership awards, the Venturing Silver Award and the Venturing Ranger Award. He was also elected to serve as the Western Region Venturing president for the 2003–2004 term.

After being instrumental in building Sea Scout Ship Déjà vu, Josh earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award, making him one of the few people across the nation to earn all the top Scouting awards. He currently serves on the squadron’s Sea Scout committee as finance officer for Déjà vu.

Formerly an extended-day coordinator and finance clerk for Portland Public Schools, Josh now works as a SUN Community School site manager at Lane Middle School. He manages a program that coordinates after-school activities for at-risk students through partnerships with more than 50 nonprofit agencies.

Josh enjoys spending his free time with his girlfriend, Jessica, who is also a Sea Scout Quartermaster. The couple will join Déjà vu in December as adult leaders for the ship’s long cruise to the Bahamas.

Josh’s management and leadership skills, along with his passion for all things nautical, will only add to the squadron’s ongoing success. He is a prime example of the successful USPS-Sea Scout partnership.

I encourage every squadron to partner with local Sea Scouts and Venturing youth. Adding younger members to the squadron produces lasting results.