Sea Scouts, BSA

Sea Scouts, BSA is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 21.

The Purpose of Sea Scouts

For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

The Sea Scout Program

Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes. They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t find anywhere else. Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, find adventure, and build long lasting friendships.

Sea Scout Pillars

Seamanship

The best part of Sea Scouts is cruising and mastering the skills you learn with your shipmates. On board a vessel you share hands-on experiences as helmsman and navigator, lookout and cook, sail handler and engineer. You and your shipmates will plan and conduct your annual cruise – summer camp underway. Imagine sailing the Caribbean, cruising to Alaska, fishing, swimming, diving, snorkeling or anything else your ship wants to do!

Scouting

Sea Scouts is youth led and adult mentored. You and your shipmates lead your Sea Scout program. Elected youth leaders plan and conduct the program and adult leaders guide and support your efforts as you learn important leadership and life skills. As you gain experience you will have the opportunity to contribute as a leader in your ship. Sea Scouts are recognized and rewarded for the things they learn and do. You can earn valuable certifications in SCUBA, boating safety, lifesaving, and CPR, as well as advance in rank from Apprentice to Quartermaster. Each certification and level of advancement marks your growth as a sailor and a leader.

Service

Sea Scouts take service very seriously. Sea Scouts perform various kinds of service from service to their ship, to community service. They participate service such as river or beach clean-up efforts, food drives, and youth programs. Sea Scouts also participate in flag ceremonies, and serve as honor guards at various community events.

Social

Sea Scouts provides opportunities to share experiences with other young people who share your interests. As your ship participates in fun and exciting activities like sailing regattas, rowing races, and rendezvous, you’ll learn and grow with your shipmates. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet Sea Scouts from other parts of your community, the nation, and even the world!

Sea Scout Tracks

Depending on a Sea Scout’s personal aspirations, they can build their adventure to fit their needs.

Military

Sea Scouts provides the opportunity for youth to expand their leadership abilities and refine skills that will give them a head start in a Navy or Coast Guard Career.

Marine Industry

Sea Scouts get an opportunity to cruise where they will learn about the maritime industry and the opportunities available to them. After earning the Quartermaster Award, a Sea Scout is prepared to complete the testing to be a qualified USCG licensed Captain.

Recreational Boating

Sea Scouts who are looking for a lifetime of fun and adventure on the water will find their place in our program. There are plenty of opportunities to learn valuable seamanship skills that will take you cruising the waters of life.

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