Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training (SEAL)
The Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training program is designed to teach leadership skills while underway. SEAL is designed to “jump start” the junior leaders of new Ships and to fine tune leaders of experienced Ships. It is a hard core, physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding hands-on leadership experience. New and experienced Sea Scouts can succeed at SEAL so long as they are willing to learn and work hard at preparation.
Download the 2014 SEAL Application here.
History and Purpose
In 1996, the National Sea Scouting Committee created a new youth leadership course called Sea Scout Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training. The course is designed to develop leadership skills in young adults. Seamanship is the medium through which the course is taught; however, nautical skills are the means, not the end. This course, which utilizes an “at sea” experience as a laboratory, is intended to teach and apply leadership skills. There are few other media offering the opportunity for young people to actually put leadership skills utilizing group dynamics into practice. In SEAL, there is no “play acting.” All situations and tasks are real, not created. Bad decisions or team failure can produce immediate and real problems.
This week long “at sea” experience allows the student to learn and apply new skills immediately. Courses consist of five to seven youth with a Course Skipper and two instructors. Each instructional module relates to a specific leadership skill with exercises designed to show mastery of the concepts taught while under the leadership of the Boatswain of the Day. SEAL is NOT a seamanship course. All applicants are expected to have basic seamanship skills prior to arrival.
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Preparing for SEAL
SEAL candidates must arrive at the course prepared to learn, lead, and excel. It is not a seamanship course and all candidates must become intimately familiar with the Safety & Seamanship chapter and appendix of the current Sea Scout Manual. Candidates will be required to outline the chapter in detail. Additionally, candidates must be able to perform basic coastal navigation on paper and must be able to tie all knots required for Apprentice Sea Scout and Ordinary Sea Scout ranks. They must know and understand the basic nomenclature of a sailing vessel; know and understand helm commands and points of relative bearings. All of this information is in the Sea Scout Manual.
Conducting the Training
This course is managed by the National Sea Scout Committee and have been conducted at Chesapeake Bay, the Texas Gulf Coast, the Pacific, the Ohio River Valley, Florida Keys, Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes. Course dates vary but are always held in the summer months. Costs are typically from $125 to $250 not including candidate transportation to and from the course. Check our event calendar for course offerings.
Before Students Arrive
The student will:
Two practice tests are sent to the applicant’s Skipper prior to the course that cover seamanship covered in “Chapter 4” of the Sea Scout Manual and basic coastal navigation. The student’s performance on these practice tests helps the student know better how to prepare for the course.
By the end of the course, graduates will be equipped with leadership skills and management tools necessary to fire up a ship’s program. They will be prepared to serve in leadership positions such as Boatswain or Boatswain’s Mate in their ships as well as in their schools, jobs, and communities.
Each graduate receives the coveted SEAL pin. SEAL patches are also available to graduates, which can be worn on their uniform instead of the pin. SEAL graduates are also selected to represent Sea Scouts with other opportunities such as trips on submarines, aircraft carriers, and as course marshals for the America’s Cup races.
Applications are due each year by March 1st, and are available for download here. All courses are posted, and the applicant must list their preference in priority order. If two or more Scouts from the same ship are applying, they should apply for different locations. Further questions should be directed to the National SEAL Training Coordinator, Mr. Jim Elroy here or by telephone at (805) 797-7900.
Preparing for SEAL
The Skipper’s evaluation of the candidate’s readiness for SEAL is critical. The application consists of an admonition and instructions to the Skipper regarding evaluation of the applicant. Preparation and full readiness regarding the knowledge of seamanship as set out in the Safety & Seamanship Chapter of the Sea Scout Manual and coastal piloting is absolutely essential prior to arrival at the training site. Failure to fully prepare ensures failure of this course and the waste of a valuable space for someone else that would have been able to participate.
To assist candidates' preparation, two tests are forwarded to their Skipper. The first tests the candidates knowledge on the Safety & Seamanship Chapter of the current Sea Scout Manual, the second tests their knowledge of basic coastal navigation. In the navigation test, candidates will set a course, compute speed, time and distance, compass error, a fix by two lines of position and finding latitude and longitude. These tests are used by the candidate and her Skipper to determine the candidate's readiness for SEAL. Using the results of the test, the Skipper can tell if the candidate needs help before she reports to SEAL training.
Seabadge Advanced Leadership Training
Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the "how-to" aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders. The driving theme for the training is to "Focus on Youth", which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth. Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual.
Overview & Purpose
Seabadge is a weekend course that begins Friday afternoon and concludes with a closing ceremony before lunch on Sunday. Course participants and staff function as a model ship to help participants understand how a ship or youth-led unit should function. The curriculum includes twenty sessions, with established objectives, that are presented in a motivating and informative forum.
The objectives of Seabadge are to:
Course applicants must meet the following minimum standard requirements prior to consideration for participation in a Seabadge course:
Sea Scout participants will wear the official Sea Scout uniforms as described in the Sea Scout Manual. The dress uniform will be worn for the banquet and graduation. The work uniform will be worn during the remainder of the course.
Other Scout participants will wear their official Scouting uniforms (official Scout leader shirt, Scout pants, leather or web belt, and official socks) with the shoulder loops signifying their Scouting program. Each person has the option of wearing uniform short, long pants, or a skirt.
For Councils - How to Host a Course
A Seabadge course can be sponsored by a council, a group of councils or by a region after determining a need to conduct a course. The host council will:
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Seabadge staff members must meet the following qualifications:
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Course Director Requirements
In addition to meeting the requirements for a Seabadge staff member, to serve as a Seabadge course director a Sea Scout adult leader must have the following qualifications:
Course Application Deadline Calculator
The National Sea Scout Support Committee must receive requests to host a Seabadge Course at least 9 months in advance of the anticipated course date. The earliest course date for applications received today will be: April 28,2015
Seabadge Underway Advanced Leadership Training
It is the mission of Seabadge Underway (SBU) Training to provide basic vessel operation training to Sea Scout and other adult Scout leaders, with little vessel experience, to help prepare these leaders to operate a Sea Scout vessel in a safe and productive way under moderate conditions. It is also the mission of this course to provide experienced vessel operators with training in the methods and objectives of operating a Sea Scout vessel to achieve maximum benefit to the youth involved in Scouting's programs on the water
By the end of this course the SBU student should be able to:
A student does not need sea experience to attend this course but must come prepared. For the inexperienced vessel operator a great deal of effort must be expended to prepare for this course. Not completing the course is usually the result of poor preparation.. Please review the below pre-requisite tasks and training.
Students and course staff will be in Sea Scout working uniform at all times. The course director will utilize the national Sea Scout adult leader khaki work uniform (or the New Century uniform) with either short or long pants and will provide students with a list of required uniforms and personal equipment in advance of their arrival. A list of personal equipment required for the course will be furnished to the student when the course director customizes the Student SBU Manual for his or her course. Students will bring a dress white or blue uniform as set out in the Sea Scout Manual or if not a Sea Scout leader, a dress uniform as set out in the Scout Manual.
The next course will be offered April 26, 2014- May 4, 2014 at the Boy Scout Florida Sea Base, Islamorada, Florida. Cost: $350.00 per participant
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MARCH 1, 2014
Course Application Deadline Calculator
The National Sea Scout Support Committee must receive requests to host a Seabadge Underway Course at least 9 months in advance of the anticipated course date. The earliest course date for applications received today will be: April 28,2015
Sea Scout Training & Education
Sea Scouts, BSA offers a wide variety of training and education programs designed to enhance your Sea Scout experience. Click on the program logos below to learn more about these opportunities.
Training for Adults
Intended to be taken ship leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role. Take this course on line.
Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training
Topics covered include the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. This is an online training taken from myscouting.org.
Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training
Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training is the first step in training for all Sea Scout leaders focusing on the skills and attributes necessary to be an effective advisor in the Ship’s deliverance of service to youth in your specific geographic location. It is intended primarily to enhance individual knowledge of and connectivity with the strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills necessary for the development of youth in the Sea Scout program. Contact your local council for dates and locations.
Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the "how-to" aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders. The driving theme for the training is to "Focus on Youth", which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth. Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual. Learn more here
Seabadge Underway provides basic vessel operation training to Sea Scout and other adult Scout leaders, with little vessel experience, in order to help prepare these leaders to operate a Sea Scout vessel in a safe and productive way under moderate conditions. It is also the mission of this course to provide experienced vessel operators with training in the methods and objectives of operating a Sea Scout program on a vessel to achieve maximum benefit to the youth onboard. Learn more here
Wood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting. Contact your local Council for course dates and locations.
Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your local council training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.
Explore other training opportunities at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx.
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