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.

The Western Region is now accepting applications for Western Region Boatswain, Western Region Boatswain's Mate and the new position of Western Region Yeoman.  Sea Scouts who want to help grow our program, provide resources to Ships and expand our presence on social media should apply to serve as our new Quarterdeck. 

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 2014 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

  • Jul 27, 2014 embark at Bourne, MA to Aug 2, 2014 debark at Rockland, ME
  • Aug 3, 2014 embark at Rockland, ME to Aug 9, 2014 debark at New London, CT
  • Other dates/ports-of-call may become available.

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 Cruise App in by the deadline – March 31, 2014

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.

  • Phase 1 to 3: Unlicensed Apprentice Program - Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in the Paul Hall Center at Piney Point, MD http://www.seafarers.org/jobs/ua.html.
  • Starting with Phase 4, the Candidate will alternate between sea time and classroom time http://www.star-center.com/techprogram/techprogram-phases.html.
  • Final Phase 9 will be approximately 15 weeks at STAR Center in Dania Beach, Florida. At the completion of Phase 9, the Candidate will be approved to take the USCG 3 A/E Motor Exam.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Job of approximately $75K starting salary upon completion.
  • See the world.
  • Gain valuable hands on experience.
  • There is no tuition or room and board.
  • All transportation costs involved with travel between ships and class are covered.
  • Small weekly stipend for classroom portions.
  • Cadet wages during sea duty.
  • Individual Medical Benefit Coverage

Entry Criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • U.S. Citizen
  • No criminal record
  • Good Physical and Mental Health
  • Pass the medical and dental examinations
  • Be able to obtain a TWIC and a Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Pass a Functional Capacity Evaluation and Coast Guard Evaluation of Fitness
  • Pass Math and Reading exams

Application deadline April 14, 2014.

 Additioanl and application information can be found here: The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Overview Powerpoint

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