Ship Committee

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This is the adult Sea Scout Ship Committee, a ship's governing board unit committee within a chartered organization.
For the Boy Scouting unit committee, see Troop Committee.
For the Venturing unit committee, see Crew Committee.

Ship Committee Member



The Sea Scout Ship Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the ship, setting policy, and helping the Skipper and Sea Scouts with planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for ship review committees. This is an important responsibility and is one area were help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.

Minimum positions for a chartered ship

A chartered Sea Scout ship requires a Chartered Organization Representative, a Ship Committee Chair, at least two committee members, and a Skipper.


Chartered Organization Representative
The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.
Ship Committee Chair
The unit committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chair appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.
Ship Committee Secretary
The unit secretary is appointed by the committee chair to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity. Helps ensure a smooth transition of new Sea Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents. A ship committee may have a membership and registration secretaries.
Ship Committee Treasurer
The unit treasurer is appointed by the committee chair to handle unit funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, and supervise fundraising.
Ship Outdoor/Activities Chair
The unit outdoor/activities chair is appointed by the committee chair to secure tour permits and permission to use camping site, serve as transportation coordinator, ensure a monthly outdoor program.
Ship Training Chair
The unit training chair is appointed by the committee chair to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Venturing Youth Protection training.
Ship Public Relations Chair
The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chair to inform parents of their responsibilities in Sea Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, Scouting Anniversary Week, Scout Sunday or Sabbath, and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.
Ship Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair
The unit Friends of Scouting chair is appointed by the committee chair to work closely wht the unit committee on public relations for FOS; conducts annual FOS campaign to enroll family members and adult leaders in FOS; gives recognition to contributors and enrollees.
Ship Scouting for Food Chair
The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chair to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.
Ship Fundraising Chair
The Unit Fundraising Chair, also called the "Popcorn Kernel" in some councils, is appointed by the committee chair to supervise Fundraising and ensure that every youth member has the opportunity to participate in Popcorn sales or other council Fundraising events.
ScoutParent Unit Coordinator
The ScoutParents Unit Coordinator is an appointed member of the unit committee or can be an assistant unit leader. Their job is to welcome parents, keep them informed, and encourage them to help with at least one specific task or project each year. Larger units might choose to have more than one ScoutParents unit coordinator. The ScoutParents unit coordinator position became official June 1, 2008 and the position code is "PS." The ScoutParents unit coordinator must be at least 21 years old, complete an adult application, and pay the same registration fee as other adult leaders. Find Fast Start Training for unit coordinators online. Newly printed youth applications also mention the ScoutParents program. A checkbox in the parent section lets parents commit to being active ScoutParents. By entering an e-mail address, they can receive information from council, district, and unit leaders about ways to get involved. web site.
Ship Consultants
A consultant is a person whose special skill or talent is needed for a ship activity or project. They assists the ship's activity committees in planning activities, and are usually adult recruited on a one-time basis to provide expert help to the ship. Consultants may be members of the chartered organization, parents, other adults in the community, or individuals on or recruited by the ship committee.

Direct youth contact leaders

The Skipper is the adult responsible for working directly with the Sea Scoutsto help them create the program for the ship. The Skipper trains youth leaders to run the ship by providing direction, coaching, and support.
A Mate is one of the adult leaders age 21 or over who assist the Skipper in delivering the ship program.


  • Ensures that quality adult leadership is recruited and trained. In case the Skipper is absent, a qualified Mate is assigned. If the Skipper is unable to serve, a replacement is recruited.
  • Provides adequate meeting facilities.
  • Advises the Skipper on policies relating to Sea Scouting and the chartered organization.
  • Supports leaders in carrying out the program.
  • Is responsible for finances, adequate funds, and disbursements in line with the approved budget plan.
  • Obtains, maintains, and properly cares for ship property.
  • Serves on boards of review and ship review committee.
  • Supports the Skipper in working with individual youth and problems that may affect the overall ship program.
  • Provides for the special needs and assistance some youth may require.
  • Helps with the Friends of Scouting campaign.
  • Assists the Skipper with handling youth behavioral problems.


Adult leaders must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary for positive leadership to youth. They must also:

The adult leader application process will not be complete until Youth Protection training has been completed and a criminal background check has been obtained.

See also

Official Scouts BSA Forms & Resources
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform Inspections
Training Materials: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Online Training: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Other Guides: Scouts BSA Requirements Insignia Guide Advancement Guide Leave No Trace
Permit Applications: Informed Consent Activity Consent (Permission Slip) Unit Money-Earning Project
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record other forms…
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