What is Sea Scouting?
Sea Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women aged 13 through 20. Its purpose is to bring a character building, citizenship training, and fitness program to the youth of America. Sea Scout ships are organized by churches, civic clubs, schools, maritime organizations, businesses, unions, and other community organizations that provide adult volunteer leaders, program resources, and meeting facilities. These ships plan programs related to maritime careers, seamanship, and service.
Today’s Sea Scouting started in 1912 and has a long and colorful tradition. Thousands of young men and women have had the opportunity to follow the traditions of the sea while learning what the future holds for a career related to the sea or a lifelong hobby of recreational boating. Many Sea Scout ships maintain sail or power vessels; follow a challenging rank advancement program; and have nautical uniforms, customs, and ceremonies.What Does a Sea Scout Ship Do?
The program of a Sea Scout ship is based on matching the interests of the members with the skills, equipment, and resources of the chartered organization (Alum Creek Sailing Association). Most ships follow the traditional advancement program found in the Sea Scout Manual. The ship’s program follows the customs and traditions of the sea and encourages members to earn the ranks of Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster (similar to the BSA Eagle rank). Sea Scouting advancement includes uniforms, safety, customs, swimming, boating, marlinspike seamanship, piloting, signaling, drill, cruising, galley, sailing, boats, tackle, first aid, navigation, boat maintenance, engines, sea history, lifesaving, equipment, weather, radio, customs, and ideals. Some Sea Scout ships prefer to plan their program around some specialty such as sailing, careers, scuba diving, or an aquatic sport. Who can join?
Sea Scouting is open to both young men and women. You can join if you are 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade OR are 14 years old (regardless of grade). You can be a youth member of the Ship until December 31st the year you turn 21. Any adult over 21 can be a leader. Members can be only members of the Ship or they can also be registered in another unit of the BSA. Registration in the BSA is $33 per year. Ship dues are just $100 per year. Most activities are held at Alum Creek Sailing Club, located within Alum Creek State Park. To sign up, please contact:
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.
The Sea Promise
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
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