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Henry I. Nygard Sea Scouting Regatta
Golden Anniversary Event

The Northeast  Region, B.S.A., in conjunction with the Friends of Sea Scouts of Maryland, Inc, fosters and promotes Sea Scouting in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Each year the Friends of Sea Scouts of Maryland and the Northeast Region sponsored the Commodore Henry I. Nygard Regatta, a weekend of fun, fellowship, and nautical competition. Athletic and social events are also featured. We extend a cordial invitation to your unit to participate in the 50th Annual Henry I. Nygard Regatta.

Access the 2015 Boarding Manual.

The COMMODORE HENRY I. NYGARD SEA SCOUTING REGATTA was named for the man who, through the Sea Scouting program of the National Capital Area Council,  showed all of us the importance of giving to the community. He consistently gave his time, his talent, and his energy for the benefit of youth.


Henry Nygard was born in December 1915, in Vicksburg, Mississippi and raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He resided in the Washington, D.C. area for most of his adult life. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years. Married, and the father of two sons, Commodore Nygard was a scout in his youth and became active again in Scouting in 1954. He became Skipper of Ship 759 of Ashton, Maryland, in the 1960’s and continued to serve faithfully in that position until 2003, at age 87 when he retired.


Henry Nygard served for many years as Commodore of the Sea Scouting Squadron Wardroom of the NCAC and under his direction the program expanded and moved forward dramatically. He actively sought new adults to become advisors, formed new Ships and contributed to Sea Scouting in all ways possible. He kept his eye on all of the ships to see if they needed assistance in any area -- ranging from program to boat repairs. In addition to this, he organized an annual Safe Boating training weekend for all youth of the Washington, D.C. area. His own Ship, Ship 759, was always a strong one with a large membership. But to all Scouts, in all Ships, Henry Nygard was just plain Skip. He shared with us his values of loyalty to country, fair treatment of others, honesty, and the importance of giving one’s best effort to every undertaking.


In addition to his huge contribution to Sea Scouting, Commodore Nygard, for many years, worked with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla II-1 where he served as Commander and  taught its Safe Boating and Seamanship courses. He was also a member of the Sandy Springs Lions Club, and  directed the Coast Guard Auxiliary AIM program to interest youth in attending the Coast Guard Academy.   In recognition of all his work in service to youth, Henry Nygard  received numerous awards. He received the Spurgeon Award through the National Court of Honor, the Silver Beaver Award from National Capital Area Council, and the Isaac Walton League Civic Service Award for Youth. He was voted Sea Scout Skipper of the Year of the National Capital Area Council countless times, received the Lions Club Youth Award for many years and was presented an award for “devoted and untiring work with Sea Scout Ship 759” from the Ashton Methodist Church.


In 1989, for Commodore Nygard’s untiring devotion and with gratitude and appreciation for all that he contributed, the Sea Scout Wardroom of the NCAC renamed their regatta in his honor. He truly made a difference for all of us.   Commodore Nygard passed away on March 15, 2009, only a few months after his wife Doris of 63 years.

Regatta Files

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2015 Nygard Regatta Boarding Manual PDF (332.51 KB) T. Skiles 3/10/2015
2014 Henry I Nygard Regatta Boarding Manual DOC (530.5 KB)  more ] T. Skiles 3/24/2014
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