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 SEAL Application 2015 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.
Across the country, our Sea Scouts are constantly feeling the demands of Scouts, sports, school, work, their future, etc. As a Sea Scout in college I can attest that I am forced to prioritize each of these when planning out my time. Many Sea Scouts may be forced to choose to sit out a Long Cruise for work or summer classes but with a unique opportunity this summer, it is going to be a little easier to balance it all.
Point Loma Nazarene University in conjunction with The Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Imperial Council Sea Scouts are offering a unique opportunity of a week aboard the 145’ topsail schooner Californian and an accredited 3-unit university history course all in one.
That is right, a Sea Scout can have the best of both worlds! The Sea Scouts will cruise from July 6-12, 2015. Like any Sea Scout cruise, it includes accommodations and all meals; plus several opportunities to complete Sea Scout rank advancement requirements including participation in schooner operations, hands-on navigation and other maritime skills. All of this while traveling from San Diego to Dana Point; to West Side of Santa Catalina Island; to Santa Barbara Island; to San Clemente Island; and returning San Diego (Proposed).
The history class will be Ancient World Civilizations (HIS 110) and will be completed on-line in June and underway onboard the Californian in July. Early development of civic ideals and citizenship plus ancient maritime analogy of a “Ship of State” will be emphasized, along with the role of maritime travel. This accredited 3-unit university history course is transferable to most public & private universities to satisfy their general education requirements.
LONG BEACH – For the fifth time in seven regattas, a California team has won the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, narrowly beating the strongest field of sailors in the history of the event.
This award for Sea Scouts has been implemented as a part of the special activities a Sea Scout can participate in during times when they are not engaged in their nautical programs.
National Capital Area Council as the recipient of the 2014 Boats and the Sea Scouts, BSA “National Flagship” Award.
Announcement 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain
The National Sea Scout Support Committee announces the selection of Peter Schmidt of Springfield, Illinois as the 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain. His term of office is June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. He is a member of Ship 123, Popeye, of the Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Peter will represent Sea Scouts from across the United States as the youth representative on the National Sea Scout Committee. He will report to the National Commodore and the National Director of Sea Scouts. He will serve as the liaison with the Regional Boatswains' and other youth leaders.
Peter is a Quartermaster Sea Scout. During his tenure in Sea Scouts, he has served as Ship Boatswain, Ship Yeoman, and Council Boatswain. He served as the Central Region Area 3 Boatswain from 2010-2011 and as Central Region Boatswain from 2011-2013. He earned the Centennial Long Cruise award and the first Long Cruise Arc, along with his small boat handler and qualified seaman bars. Peter also earned his Eagle Scout Award, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and the Venturing Silver. He was recognized by his local council with the Venturing Leadership Award; as well as the Area and Region Venturing Leadership Awards for his service to Sea Scouts.
He attended the BSA Powderhorn course and has attended training with the National Youth Leadership Training and the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. He has completed the introduction to SCUBA program and BSA snorkeling. He has completed the NASBLA certification in the State of Illinois by BoatED and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Peter is currently a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. His primary focus will be in construction management with a secondary focus in sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. He has begun work on a computer science and a leadership studies minor.
Peter shares his reasoning for wanting to serve as the National Boatswain. His goals cover the areas of marketing, recruitment, and communication. While serving as the National Boatswain, he would like to establish quarterly communications with the Region Boatswains to discuss ideas, events, and recruitment practices to help grow the program from a youth perspective. He would also like to focus on using social media, in order to publicize the Sea Scouting program as well as to continue sharing our great program. He wants to create a National Youth Task Force, utilizing the diversity in our program to address opportunities for the Sea Scout program.
In honor of the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouts in 2002, BoatUS, the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, instituted the annual Sea Scout National Flagship Award. Since then the award has been presented to ships from Texas, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, California, and Oregon.
Now is the time for all ships to take stock of their past year’s program and document their accomplishments to apply for the annual National Flagship Competition. You will find attached the Annual Sea Scout Flagship Application, Sea Scout Ship Performance outline, and the Ship’s Performance Scoresheet for the Journey to Excellence Award.
Download the PDF version of the National Flagship Application HERE.
Make sure the ship meets the entire minimal standard on this scoresheet. If you feel that the ship qualifies, have the Sea Scouts in the ship put together a compelling packet of information that tells the judges why the ship deserves this prestigious honor. The application should include the completed scoresheet and a written narrative supplemented by other materials to support the ship’s application. Supporting material can include, but is not limited to, videos, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, letters, etc. Be comprehensive, yet concise and creative. Please note that simply filling out the scoresheet and mailing it without supporting materials will not qualify the ship for this award.
A ship must meet the minimal national standards in all areas for a calendar year starting January 1 and ending December 31. The application is due to the National Sea Scout Office by March 31, 2014 to be considered for the National Flagship Award. The address is National Flagship Competition, Boy Scouts of America, National Sea Scout Office, SUM 250, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, Texas 75038. Call (972) 580-2448 for answers to your questions regarding this award.
The ship that is awarded the National Flagship honor will be allowed to wear the National Flagship patch with the current year and fly the National Flagship flag with four stars. (There are patches for the uniform and a ship’s flag available through the BSA Supply Group, which can be ordered and paid for by the winning ship.)
Download the PDF version of the National Flagship Application HERE
Sea Scouts Aboard Tall Ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle - Applications Accepted Now
Do you want the adventure of a lifetime? Apply now to sail aboard the tall ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle! The Eagle is a three-masted barque-rigged ship used to train cadets and officer candidates in the U.S. Coast Guard. The Eagle was built in Germany in 1936 and was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. after World War II. Since then the Eagle has been homeported in New London, Connecticut, the location of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
The National Sea Scout Support Committee has again made special arrangements with the US Coast Guard Academy for select Sea Scouts to join as crew aboard the Eagle during its 2015 summer cadet cruise. This opportunity is available to all Sea Scouts who desire fun, adventure, and a summer cruise to remember - you don't want to miss this chance. This year's cruises are:
The ideal candidate is an active Sea Scout who is at least Able rank, a leader in his/her Ship, a SEAL graduate, 16 or 17 years old, in the 10th or 11th grade at the time of application, with an interest in the Coast Guard or other military or maritime career. Remember though, many prior successful applicants have not had all of these attributes. So who should apply? Any Sea Scout who is interested!
Get your USCG BARQUE EAGLE APPLICATION 2015 in by the deadline – March 31, 2015
The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Program
TECH Program is a comprehensive training program created by American Maritime Officers (AMO) and Seafarers International Union (SIU). The purpose is to provide selected high school graduates with the opportunity to proceed on a seagoing marine engineering career path and help fill the developing shortage of marine engineers.
Train to become a US Coast Guard Licensed Third Assistant Engineering Officer. Two to Three Year Program with no tuition or room and board fees. Alternates between classroom study and on-the-job training at sea.
There are nine phases.
Benefits of this program include:
Application deadline April 14, 2014.
Additioanl and application information can be found here: The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Overview Powerpoint
2013-2014 National Boatswain Selected
The National Sea Scout Support Committee (“NSSSC”) announces the selection of Billy McElligott of Dunedin, Florida as the 2013-2014 National Sea Scout Boatswain. (June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014). He is a member of Ship 956, Carpe Diem of the West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Billy will represent Sea Scouts from across the United States as the youth representative on the NSSSC and reports to the National Commodore and the National Director of Sea Scouts. He will serve as the liaison with the Regional Boatswains’ and other youth leaders.
McElligott is an Able Sea Scout, but is expected to qualify for his Quartermaster Sea Scout Award this year. During his tenure in Sea Scouts, he has served his ship as Ship Boatswain, Boatswain’s Mate, and Coxswain. He has also served as the Southern Region Boatswain for the past two years. He is a graduate of Sea Scout Advanced Leadership training (SEAL 2012, Miami, Florida) and has earned his Long Cruise Award; Qualified Seaman; Small Boat Handler; Venturing Silver, Gold and Bronze awards; and is a BSA Lifeguard.
Billy is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron and the West Palm Sail and Power Squadron. He has submitted documentation and awaiting the results for qualification for the United States Coast Guard Captains license. He holds an American Red Cross Open Water/Beach Lifeguard certification and is a member of the Dunedin Boat Club. His certifications also include: FAA Private Pilot Certification, PADI’s Advanced Open Water SCUBA Certification, National Emergency Medical Technician, and American Red Cross CPR/AED/Oxygen certifications.
He is a freshman at the Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Political Science and Biomedical Sciences. His goal is to attend law school to eventually work foreign policy and diplomacy actions for the United States Coast Guard.
When asked why he wants to serve as the National Boatswain, Billy indicates he would like to focus on program marketing, recruitment, and communication. While serving as the National Boatswain, he would like to establish monthly communications with the Region Boatswains to discuss ideas, events, and recruitment practices. He would also like to focus on using social media in order to publicize the Sea Scouting program as well as to continue sharing our great program. This would help in promotion of an incredibly strong, vibrant Sea Scout presence within the Boy Scouts of America.
Join us in congratulating Billy McElligott in his selection as the 2013-2014 National Sea Scout Boatswain!
Download the 2013-14 National Boatswain McElligott announcement here.
Makai Honored - 2013 National Sea Scout Flagship
IRVING, TX - Sea Scout Ship 700, SSS Makai of San Leandro, California, San Francisco Bay Area Council has been selected as the 2013 National Flagship by the National Seas Scout Support Committee (“NSSSC”) of the Boy Scouts of America. 2013 is the beginning of the second century of the Sea Scout program, which provides nautical programs to more than 6,500 Sea Scouts throughout the U.S.
BoatUS and Sea Scouts, BSA recognizes the Makai is chartered by Bigham-Taylor Roofing Company. The award was created by BoatUS in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouts. It is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment; attributes reflected by the Makai in its exemplary programs of seamanship and youth development. The Makai was part of the 2012 National Flagship Fleet.
The Ship’s quarterdeck and Skipper completed a full application and provided support through written summary of their accomplishments and activities they participated in during this past year. The Ship’s Boatswain Nick Rojos comments, “Makai is much more than a Sea Scout Ship, we’re a group of determined young men who want to work hard for regattas and enjoy our cruises to the fullest … I am proud to lead these young men and I’m even more proud of the Makai that I call my second family.” The crew works hard and plays hard learning to maintain their boat, learning new skills, and competing in a wide array of events. A few highlights of their activities include:
A heartfelt congratulation goes to Ship Boatswain Nick Rojos, Skipper Robert Karn, Executive Officer Mr. Kevin Trujillo, and the dedicated S.S.S. Makai crew and adult volunteers. The Makai’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy now on display at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy will be presented to the ship’s leadership.
Join us in saluting Ship 700, SSS Makai for their outstanding efforts. We wish them well in continuing to promote water safety and provide a quality Sea Scout program to the youth in their area.
For more information about the S.S.S. Makai, visit their website: www.seascoutshipmakai.homestead.com
[Download the 2013 National Flagship Makai Announcement here.]
The National Sea Scout Support Committee is please to introduce the New Century Universal Sea Scout Uniform ("NCUSSU"). The NCUSSU is an alternate uniform to the current adult and youth dress and work uniforms. It is intended to make it easy for members of newly formed Sea Scout Ships to outfit themselves in a Sea Scout uniform and may be chosen by any unit new or existing. When chosen by the unit, this universal uniform is worn by all youth and adult Ship members and may serve as both a dress uniform and a work uniform. The New Century Universal Sea Scout Uniform will be included in the next edition of the Sea Scout Manual, No. 33239.
Visit here to learn more about this exciting new option!
Governor Deval L. Patrick of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a proclamation making October 8, 2012 Sea Scouts Day in the Bay State.
The Governor, in issuing his proclamation, reminded the citizens of Massachusetts that Sea Scouting in the United States began in Massachusetts, that it has grown from one Boy Scout Training Ship to become a national program for young men and young women that promotes our maritime heritage and provides hands-on maritime education, training, and experiences, while partnering with other civic organizations to promote safe boating, environmental conservation and community service.
News and information from the National Sea Scout Support Committee.