Sea Scout Units–called ships–are established across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes. They offer limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t ﬁnd anywhere else. Sea Scouts provides an opportunity to grow and learn, ﬁnd adventure, and build long-lasting friendships. Sea Scouts is open to young men and women ages 14-20.
What makes Sea Scouts so unique is that it happens on the water. Sea Scout ships use a variety of boats from small outboard motorboats to large sailing yachts and vessels. In your ship you will learn piloting and the rules of the road, navigation and how to read the weather. You will be fascinated by maritime history and traditions, learn knots and fancy rope work, master boat maintenance, engine service, and marine electronics skills. No matter what your ship does, you will discover thrills that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Sea Scouts get hands-on seamanship and leadership training that will put a Sea Scout one step ahead of the rest, no matter the path they choose. If the military is not your path, Sea Scouts also get a head start on the USCG captain’s license in addition to the countless other skills and opportunities.
Sea Scout Ships meet weekly or every other week. Sailing Trips, white water rafting, scuba diving, and other activities that Sea Scouts decide to participate in will occur throughout the year. Many ships will participate in one event or activity per month.
Every dollar of the national membership fee goes to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to handle the cost of essential services for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. Learn more about the fees.
Scouting is a volunteer-led program. Parents are welcome and encouraged to get involved as a pack leader or volunteer. By serving as a leader you can help influence the kind of adults Scouts grow to be. Many tools, resources, and training programs are available to assist volunteers in becoming effective leaders and enjoy their experience.
Each ship is sponsored by a local chartered organization. Parents and the chartered organization select pack leaders. Scout leaders work with youth and their families to improve the community through fun-filled activities that teach volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and the values of the Scout Oath and Law.