Henry I. Nygard Sea Scouting Regatta
Golden Anniversary Event
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
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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
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.