Sea Scout Program

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Sea Scouting is a specialized segment of the Boy Scouts of America which
addresses members' boating skills and promotes knowledge of our maritime heritage.
Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship,
and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught by the ship by its officers.

Sea Scouting
Aims · Purposes
Methods · Core Values
See: What Is Sea Scouting?

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 age/grade qualifications:

  • are at least 14 years old
  • are 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade.
Prior participation in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Venturing is not required.



In accordance to the BSA's "One Movement, One Oath, One Law" declaration, as of 2014, sea scouts will learn and live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

Scout Oath

The Scout Oath or Promise is a pledge to help our community, our world, and ourselves.

The Scout Oath (or Promise) reads as follows:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

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Scout Law

The Scout Law consists of twelve points intended to guide the behavior and decisions of scouts and scouters. The Scout Law is:

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

The Sea Promise

The Sea Promise is as follows:

As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best:
  • To guard against water accidents
  • To know the location and proper use of the lifesaving devices on every boat I board
  • To be prepared to render aid to those in need
  • To seek to preserve the motto of the sea, Women and Children First.

Aims of Scouting

All levels of the Scouting program share three specific objectives:

  • Character development
  • Citizenship training
  • Personal fitness

One is growth in moral strength and character. We may define this as what the boy is himself; his personal qualities, his values, his outlook.


A second is participating citizenship. Used broadly, citizenship means the boy's relationship to others. He comes to learn obligations to other people, to the society he lives in, and to the government that presides over that society.


A third aim of Scouting is development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).

Methods of Sea Scouting

  1. Ideals
  2. Group Activities
  3. Advancement
  4. Adult Association
  1. High Adventure, Outdoors, and Nautical Activities
  2. Uniform
  3. Teaching Others
  4. Leadership

Sea Scout Advancement

See also:Sea Scout Advancement.

Everything a Sea Scout does in the advancement program is intended to achieve the Aims of Scouting and aid in personal growth.


There are four ranks in the sea scout program:


In addition to the sea scout rank structure, many additional awards may be earned as well. A few of these awards include:

Sea Scout Ship Leadership

Main article: Ship

Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Sea Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions, as everything from skippers to ship committee chairmen, committee members, mates, and chartered organization representatives.

Like other phases of the Scouting program, a Sea Scout ship belongs to an organization with interests similar to those of the BSA. This organization, which might be a church, school, community organization, or group of interested citizens, is chartered by the local BSA council to use the Scouting program. This chartered organization provides a suitable meeting place, adult leadership, supervision, and opportunities for a healthy Scouting life for the boys under its care. Each organization appoints one of its members as a chartered organization representative. The organization, through the ship committee, is responsible for providing leadership, the meeting place, and support materials for ship activities.

Sea Scouts History

In 1910, Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, created Sea Scouts to serve as an extension of Scout training. Young men would develop personal character—pluck, patriotism, and intelligent discipline—through a sense of duty. By teaching boat management and seamanship, young men would also gain individual knowledge to help them become self-supporting. Sea Scouts performing coast guard duties, lifesaving and salvage at wrecks would also perform invaluable community service.

Baden-Powell’s belief that Sea Scouts would combine the best attributes of seamanship with training in character was shared by the Boy Scouts of America. Two years after the Boy Scouts of America was born, Sea Scouts was organized in the United States with the aid of the Secretary of the Navy in 1912.

Sea Scout Manual, 12th Edition, inside front cover

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