Timothy P. Wile

Skipper, SSS Nautilus


Timothy P. Wile serves as the Skipper of the SSS Nautilus, Sea Scout Ship 461, and has been the Ship's Skipper since its inception on 1 October 2012.  The Skipper's serves as the key adult leader of a Sea Scout Ship and acts as a liaison between the Ship's adult leaders, its chartered organization, and its youth members.  A Ship's Skipper also gives direction to the Ship's program while carrying out the Skipper's most important duty - advising and coaching the Ship's petty officers as they plan, organize, and conduct the meetings and activities of the Ship.


Tim has more than fifty (50) years of Scouting experience, having joined Cub Scout Pack 398 in Souderton, Pennsylvania, at the age of eight (8) in 1960.  He has remained a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America since that time.  As a Cub Scout, he earned his Arrow of Light in 1963.  He earned his Eagle Scout award with Boy Scout Troop 461 in 1966 and his God and Country religious award in 1967.  As a youth, he also served as the General Nash Chapter Chief of Delmont Lodge 43 of the Order of the Arrow for 1968-1969 and was the first President of Explorer Post 2461 in Souderton.  He spent the summer of 1969 as a staff member at the Great Bend Camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation.  Upon attaining the age of eighteen (18) in 1970, he became an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 461 and, in September 2007, he assumed the role of Scoutmaster of that troop - a position he officially held until December of 2013.  In December 2013 he completed fifty (50) years of tenure as a registered member of Boy Scout Troop 461.  Tim also served as Assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 397 of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, from 1997 through 2001.  Tim is a fully-trained Cubmaster and Scoutmaster.  He is also currently the training officer for the Delaware Valley Flotilla of the Northeast Region of the Sea Scouts, BSA.


Prior to assuming his duties as Skipper of Ship 461, Tim became a fully-trained Sea Scout leader by successfully completing the Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (SSALBT) course as well as the Venturing version of youth protection training.  He commenced the BSA Sea Badge training program in October 2012 and completed the program in September 2013 and being awarded his Sea Badge pin.  Tim has been approved by the Delaware Valley Flotilla and the Cradle of Liberty Sea Scout Squadron to teach the SSALBT course.


Tim's interest in boating began at an early age when his parents had a vacation home in the Pocono Mountains near Lake Wallenpaupack.  As a child he learned to safely operate both rowboats and motorboats under the supervision of his father.  Most of the family weekends from April through October were spent at their vacation home at Lake Wallenpaupack.


In addition to his duties with Ship 461, Tim also serves on the General Nash District Training Team, sits as a member of the General Nash Eagle Scout Boards of Review, and serves as a Unit Commissioner to Boy Scout Troop 91, Boy Scout Troop 137, and Cub Scout Pack 91 of Harleysville, Pennsylvania.  Tim has been a member of the General Nash District Training Team since the late 1990s.  In addition to being an Eagle Scout and earning his religious award, Tim has also earned the Scouter Training Award for Boy Scouts, the Cubmaster Award, the Scoutmaster's Key, the District Award of Merit, and the William D. Boyce Award.


Tim is currently retired and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Air Force.  He is married to Leora L. Wile and has two children, Terri Wile and Zachary Wile.  His son, Zachary, earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2006, is registered as a Committee Member for Ship 461, and is also registered as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 399 in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania.  He has two grandchildren, Peyton and Raquel Lugo.  His grandson, Peyton, earned his Arrow of Light with Cub Scout Pack 399 in 2014 and is currently a member of Boy Scout Troop 399 in Montgomeryville.


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This page last updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015.