Sea Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is available to young men and women under the age of 21 who meet any of the following qualifications:
- are at least 15 years old
- are 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade.
Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers.
In addition, some ships suppliment these ideals with their own Ship Code, a statement of ideals and conduct developed and approved by the ships' members.
Sea Scout advancement is for youth members of a Sea Scout ship, and consists of Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster. Since Sea Scouting is part of Venturing, youth members may also earn all Venturing advancement awards; they may also advance along the Boy Scout Eagle trail under certain conditions.
Sea Scouting advancement
|— Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999|
Sea Scout ranks
The first rank of Apprentice shows basic marlinspike seamanship skills and water knowledge.
To earn Ordinary, the Sea Scout must know how to box a compass, must demonstrate leadership qualities, complete requirements relating to drill, sailing, and engines and complete a tenure of one year in Sea Scouting.
For the Able rank, the Sea Scout must demonstrate a complete knowledge of the water, earn the Lifesaving merit badge and must and be able to command fellow Sea Scouts.
The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank attainable by a Sea Scout can earn and is equivalent to Eagle Scout. The Sea Scout must attend at least two thirds of all ship meetings over eighteen months, demonstrate marlinspike seamanship and leadership skills, demonstrate the ability to teach Sea Scouting, complete a community service project and pass a council level board of review. The Quartermaster emblem is a medal consisting of the Sea Scout emblem on a ship's wheel that is suspended from a solid dark blue ribbon that is in turn suspended from a bar bearing the design of a double carrick bend knot.
Sea Scouting special opportunities awards
- Long Cruise Badge
- Small Boat Handler bar
- Qualified Seaman bar
- SEAL Training Award
- Standard Sea Scout Ship Award
- USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award
Sea Scouts are eligible for all advancement in Venturing. They may earn the Summit Award, the highest award in Venturing. The program also offers "Expert-level" awards: the Ranger Award, the Quest Award, and the TRUST Award.
Boy Scout Advancement
|— Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing|
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Guide To Advancement, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)