Sea Scout Meeting Called for Monday to Discuss Activities

Friday December 14, 2007

Current and former members of Berkeley’s Sea Scout Ship Farallon and their parents will meet Monday night to discuss resumption of group activities. 

The term “ship” as used by sea scouts refers to the group rather than the boat itself. 

Troop members were stunned by the arrest last week of former Scoutmaster Gene Evans on charges that he molested four troop members—allegations supporters strongly deny. 

Evans was released on $190,000 bail last Friday after a troop parent pledged the family home as collateral. 

The scoutmaster has been banned from the movement. He is owner of the ship which the scouts have used and which was at the center of a lawsuit that challenged a City Council denial of a long-time rent-free slip at the city marina on the grounds that scouts discriminate against homosexuals. 

James Novosel, an architect who has two sons who have been members of the troop, is one of the organizers of the meeting, which is being held in a private home. 

According to a notice for the meeting provided to the Daily Planet by a member, scouts and their parents will discuss the resumption of the group’s activities, listen to statements from troop members and air questions from parents.