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Welcome Aboard

Welcome aboard—to the fun and adventure of Sea Scouts, a program combining the traditions of the past with the technology of the future. Whether you look to the sea for a career or lifelong hobby, Sea Scouts is for you. 

The element of water makes Sea Scouts unique. Sea Scout units use a variety of boats, from outboard motorboats to large sailing yachts. Sea Scouts belong to a world that is distinct from anything on shore, and they have their own language and customs.  The water is not a place for the unwary, and the Scout motto, "Be Prepared," is imperative. The challenge is taking a vessel from point A to point B while being ready for whatever may be encountered along the way. Crewing a vessel involves sharing the duties of helmsman, navigator, lookout, cook, sail handler, or engineer. Outings on a boat offer new destinations in the morning and the changing scenery of a new harbor by evening. Every event is an adventure.

Sea Scout programs are run by the youth members. Elected officers plan and conduct the program. Being part of the vessel's crew teaches teamwork. As experience is gained, more opportunities arise to contribute to the leadership of the unit. At quarterdeck meetings, ship's officers work together to plan and evaluate the ship's program. Leadership skills learned in Sea Scouts last a lifetime.

Sea Scouts give service to others. Sea Scouts have been of service to hundreds of communities across the nation. Service can be expressed in individual good turns to others or in organized projects involving the crew or the whole ship. In rescues at sea, or facing emergencies on shore, Sea Scouts have saved lives and property. Sea Scout service puts citizenship into action.

Sea Scout advancement rewards individual pursuits of excellence. Each level of advancement marks growth as a seaman and a leader. The highest rank a Sea Scout can earn is the prestigious Quartermaster rank.

Seafaring has traditions that go back hundreds of years. Sea Scouts have adapted these traditions to the Sea Scout program and have created traditions of their own.

A youth must be 13 years of age and graduated from the eighth grade or be 14 to join Sea Scouts. You can stay in Sea Scouts until you are 21 years of age.  Sea Scout ships can be located by contacting the Boy Scouts of America in your area. If there is not a ship nearby, encourage parents, school, church, or community organizations to organize one.

Sea Scout Advancement

Advancement is an important part of the Sea Scout experience.  These experiences help Sea Scouts to set realistic goals to achieve rank, accomplish projects, and gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

There are many opportunities for advancement in Sea Scouts. Included are the trails to Eagle and Quartermaster. Each of these trails is a highlight experience, but each requires the Sea Scout to set his (or her, in the case of the Quartermaster Award) own goals and follow through to achievement. Sea Scouts can also pursue Venturing awards.  The requirements for advancement were designed by Sea Scout youth to establish standards of performance for all Sea Scouts.


Advancement Requirements & Downloads

Download and view these helpful files.

 


Partner Opportunities

  • US Coast Guard Auxillary - The National Commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to recognize all new Eagles and Quartermasters by providing them with a congratulatory letter upon completion of their requirements.  Visit the USCGA here for more information.
  • United States Power Squadron - The United States Power Squadron offers outstanding boating safety courses to Sea Scouts and leaders, many of which include nationally and marine organization recognized certificates of completion.  Download the USPS - Sea Scout Advancement Matrix that demonstrates how these courses may help Sea Scouts to meet specific advancement objectives.

 

Sea Scout Recognition

Recognition is an important part of the Sea Scout experience.  These experiences help Sea Scouts to set realistic goals, accomplish projects, and gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them.


Sea Scout Specific

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Small Boat Handler

The Small Boat Handler Course is designed for Sea Scout ships whose members are not interested in following the advancement plan leading to Quartermaster, or it can serve as a training outline for traditional ships.  Topics include:  Aids to Navigation, Rules of the Road, and Boating Safety.

Details supporting the course outlines are found in the technical sections of the Sea Scout Manual along with references to other publications listed in the bibliography.

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Qualified Seaman

The Qualified Seaman Course is designed for Sea Scout ships whose members are not interested in following the advancement plan leading to Quartermaster, or it can serve as a training outline for traditional ships.  Topics include:  Aids to Navigation, Rules of the Road, Seamanship, Safety, Piloting, Charts, Safe Boating and Operating a Boat

Details supporting the course outlines are found in the technical sections of the Sea Scout Manual along with references to other publications listed in the bibliography.

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Long Cruise

The Long Cruise badge may be earned by both youth and adults registered in Sea Scouts.  A Sea Scout must be Ordinary rank before he or she can start recording cruising time for the Long Cruise badge. The Sea Scout must cruise for two weeks on any vessel or boat provided by the local council or the ship, or their own vessel when authorized by an adult leader in that Sea Scout ship. Each additional long cruise earned is marked by a red arc above the badge, until five such cruises have been completed. Then a single white arc replaces them above the badge.  In the event that it is not possible to make a two-week cruise, a series of weekend or overnight cruises on any boat or ship may be made, provided that the total number equals 14 days.  An adult leader may qualify for the badge without qualifying for Ordinary rank.

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USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award

The USPS “Finley Sea Scout Service Award” recognizes thosemembers of the United States Power Squadrons who are also youth or adult Sea Scout leaders, and who have provided outstanding civic,educational, and fraternal leadership to both the Sea Scouts and theUnited States Power Squadrons, through civic involvement, educational achievement, and active participation in both programs.

USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award Application

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SEA SCOUT MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM

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. It is designed to give programming for the ship when they are not able to get on the water, as extracurricular program.  A Sea Scout would begin with the Basic Shooter requirements. He or she chooses which discipline or disciplines they would like to participate in.

Note that they can choose to learn how to shoot more than one firearm. A special “Sea Scout Shooting Sports Medal” is being designed to be earned after a Sea Scout earns their first level, no matter what discipline they shoot. From the main medal, we would have small medal bars that would hang off of this original medal. The bar would state what the discipline is they shot and the level they are currently at. For an example, there would be 4 Bars for each discipline – i.e.: Rifle –Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Each discipline would have these 4 bars. The Sea Scout would only wear the bar for the highest level they have achieved. If the Sea Scout shoots all 3 disciplines, they could only have a maximum of 3 bars hanging off of their medal showing the highest level achieved for each discipline.

Sea Scout Marksmanship Program Requirements and Sea Scout Marksmanship Award Order Form 430-934_Fillable

 

 

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 Venturing Bronze Award

There are five different Venturing Bronze awards: Arts and Hobbies, Outdoor, Sea Scouts, Sports, and Religious Life.  All five Bronze awards contain the common elements of experience, learning a skill, and sharing experiences and skills with others. Earning at least one Venturing Bronze Award is required for the Venturing Gold Award. The Venturing Bronze Award is designed as the first tier so you can acquire usable skills that will carry you along the trail to the Venturing Silver Award.

Select this link to the National BSA webpage for more information:  http://www.scouting.org/Venturing/Awards/bronze

- May continue working on them until Dec. 31, 2014.
- Must start working on the new awards beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.

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 Venturing Gold Award

The Venturing Gold Award was developed to recognize the significant accomplishment in a Venturer's/Sea Scouts' life as he or she has proven outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities. Earning it will challenge and motivate Venturers over an extended period.

This award provides a favorable image of the program among youth, parents, schools, and the community. It offers challenging and stimulating opportunities for Venturers/Sea Scouts to develop and achieve personal goals in the areas of leadership, character development, and personal fitness.

Select this link to the National BSA webpage for more information: http://www.scouting.org/venturing/awards/gold

- May continue working on them until Dec. 31, 2014.
- Must start working on the new awards beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.

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 Venturing Silver Award

The Venturing Silver Award is available to all Venturing/Sea Scout youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for personal development; encourage Venturers/Sea Scouts to learn, grow, and serve; and recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers/Sea Scouts who acquire skills.

Select this link to the National BSA webpage for more information:  http://www.scouting.org/venturing/awards/silver

- May continue working on them until Dec. 31, 2014.
- Must start working on the new awards beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.

 

 Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder and Summit awards

Venturing Award: The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. At this level, the new crew member makes their commitment to join and move forward into the experience of Venturing.

Discovery Award: The adventure of participating with the crew unfolds, and each Venturer begins to discover his or her interests and talents. As the Discovery Award recipients develop new skills and competencies, their eyes are opened and the world expands for them.

Pathfinder Award: The Venturer’s capabilities and skills expand and with them come increased responsibility for defining their own way forward in life, service to others and formal planning and leadership of the crew toward its goals.

Summit Award: The highest award of Venturing, the Summit Award, goes to those Venturers who have matured in their personal direction, skills, and life competencies, and who have accepted the responsibility to mentor others and serve their communities in a lasting way.

- May begin working on them in May 2014.
- Current Venturers would skip the Venturing Award and begin with working on the Discovery Award (previously known by the temporary title Level II), regardless of whether they’ve earned the Bronze, Gold and/or Silver awards.
- New Venturers would begin with the Venturing Award (previously known by the temporary title Level I).
- All Venturers must begin using the new awards beginning on Jan. 1, 2015.

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 Venturing Ranger Award

The Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a Ranger as a person who is highly skilled at a variety of outdoor sports and interests, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others in activities. Rangers can be a great program asset to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and others.

Select this link to the National BSA webpage for more information:  http://www.scouting.org/Venturing/Awards/ranger

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The Quest Award

While working on the Quest Award, Venturers/Sea Scouts will be required to learn more about what makes up a nutritional diet as well as design their own personal exercise plans based upon lifestyle, fitness levels, and desires for a healthy and long life. Hopefully this program will introduce Venturers/Sea Scouts to a sport or sports that they will enjoy the rest of their life. As with many other requirements throughout the Venturing/Sea Scout program, Venturers/Sea Scouts will be required to share what they learn with others. This sharing may be done through various sports clinics and presentations with other groups. In the electives section, Venturers/Sea Scouts will be required to choose at least one sport in which to become proficient.

Select this link to the Naional BSA webpage for more information:  http://www.scouting.org/Venturing/Awards/quest

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 TRUST: Religious & Community Life Award

While working on the TRUST award, Venturers/Sea Scouts will learn more about themselves, their communities, their religion and culture, as well as those of others. As with many other requirements throughout the Venturing Program, Venturers/Sea Scouts will be required to share what they learn with others.

Select this link to the National BSA webpage for more information:  http://www.scouting.org/Venturing/Awards/trust

   

 


Leadership Recognition

Venturing & Sea Scout Leadership Awards (BSA Official) - The Venturing and Sea Scout Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers and Sea Scouts who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and Sea Scouts and who exemplify the Venturing Code, Venturing Oath, and Sea Promise.  

National Youth Leadership Society - The National Youth Leadership Society recognizes youth members of the BSA who have learned and practiced outstanding leadership skills—the elite of our program.  We want these youths, who have worked so hard at learning and leading, to enjoy a form of recognition that other organizations, such as schools, colleges, employers, and the military, can understand and value.  Youths inducted into this National Youth Leadership Society may now receive the recognition they deserve in a more tangible way.

 


 

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The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Program

December 26, 2013
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…
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Florida Sea Base Employment Application

December 14, 2013
Florida Sea Base Employment Application Requirements: Minimum age requirement is 18 years old. This is not an offer for employment. This is a request for an application that may be considered along with other applications. Please don't submit an application…

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 Youth

Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILSS) – Ship (Quarterdeck Training)

This course was introduced in the fall of 2012 to replace Crew Officers Orientation and the Venturing Leadership Skills Course.  The course is specific to Sea Scouts and shares a common lexicon with Boy Scout training and aligns with the new Troop Leadership Training (TLT). The goals of ILSS are to give youth a clearer picture of how their position fits in the ship, help youth understand how they make a difference, and give youth additional tools and ideas for their role as leader.

Click HERE to download more information and an ILSS Training Syllabus.

 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he/she must KNOW, and what he/she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.  Contact your local council for course dates and locations.

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 Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training (SEAL)

The 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.This is a hard core, physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding training opportunity. Learn more here.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

Built upon the skills learned in a council NYLT course, NAYLE is the ultimate in hands-on experiential leadership training for older Scouting youth, both male and female.

With the exception of a handful of regional pilot courses, you had to go to Philmont to participate in this unique training opportunity until now. We've taken those same leadership tools that are taught so well in the Old West environment of the Rocky Mountains and transferred them to the swashbuckling seas in the heart of the Florida Keys AND the trapping and trading exploits of the Voyageurs in the Boundary Waters region of the North Woods.

You can find more information and the links to the registration sites for all three bases at www.scouting.org/training/youth.

Powder Horn

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.

 

Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant - one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

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Explore other training opportunities at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Youth
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