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

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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.


 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

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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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