Seabadge Advanced Leadership Training

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Seabadge Advanced
Leadership Training

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Seabadge Advanced Leadership Training teaches leadership skills for unit, district, and council Sea Scout leaders.

Seabadge Advanced Leadership Training (Seabadge) is intense leadership and management training focused on the “how-to” aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders. The driving theme for the training is to “Focus on Youth”, which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth. Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual.


Overview & Purpose

From Seabadge - Sea Scouts, BSA —

Seabadge is a weekend course that begins Friday afternoon and concludes with a closing ceremony before lunch on Sunday. Course participants and staff function as a model ship to help participants understand how a ship or youth-led unit should function. The curriculum includes twenty sessions, with established objectives, that are presented in a motivating and informative forum.

The objectives of Seabadge are to:

  • Improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivational skills among adult leaders.
  • Provide management, leadership, and presentation skills and tools to adult leaders so that they may use and share them with others in their day-to-day Scout activities.
  • Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to improve the quality of the Sea Scout program.
  • Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.

Participant Requirements

From Seabadge - Sea Scouts, BSA —

Course applicants must meet the following minimum standard requirements prior to consideration for participation in a Seabadge course:

  1. Is a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  2. Has completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position and Leader Specific: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.

History of Seabadge

In 1970, a group of experienced Sea Scout officers met at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Their purpose was to explore the possibilities of an advanced management training experience for Sea Scout ship and administrative leaders. The result of this meeting was the Sea Scout Seabadge Conference.

A curriculum was developed and the first Seabadge Conference was held a year later at the U.S. Coast Guard training facility on Governor's Island, Alameda, California. The program was repeated a few months later at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Los Angeles, California, and then spread throughout the Northeast region and the Midwest.

Recognizing the value of the program, the national committee on Sea Scouting appointed a special committee to gather the best techniques from the courses that had been conducted and consolidate them into a standard Seabadge Conference Guide.


Unofficial participant knot
Unofficial participant knot
Unofficial staff knot
Unofficial staff knot
Unofficial course director knot
Unofficial course director knot

These types of recognitions are available for the Seabadge program:

  1. The Seabadge certificate is to be presented to each participant upon successful completion of the conference.
  2. The Seabadge recognition emblem is presented to the participants upon the successful completion of his or her Seabadge assignment. This emblem consists of a silver trident within a circle of blue olive leaves, the ancient symbol of Neptune's leadership over his dominions of the sea combined within a circle of friendship. The three prongs of the trident are symbolic of the three purposes of the Boy Scouts of America and the fact that the Seabadge participant is a spearhead of Sea Scouting in attaining the program objectives of the Boy Scouts of America.

Those who completed the course prior to 2012 were issued a corresponding cloth sew-on square knot insignia, a sea-blue trident on a silver gray background, on the BSA uniform. The Seabadge knot was one of the few that do not actually use a representation of a square knot.

Unofficial knot emblems are still worn by many recipients. These have a contrasting background of tan, green, white, or navy blue to match the uniform shirt. Unofficial emblems featuring two or three tridents to indicate staff and course directors have also been used.


The Seabadge Instructor Manual, Seabadge Administrative Guide, and Seabadge Participant Manual provide details on the content of the course. These manuals and all supporting course materials are not to be copied or electronically published, except as specified as a part of the course participation.

See also

Related training

Other leadership training

Advanced training

Youth (including Venturers and Sea Scouts under 21 years old)

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