Why Join Sea Scouts?
More than seventy percent (70%) of the Earth's surface is covered by water and more than seventy per cent (70%) of the goods traveling in world commerce travel by water. Learning respect for, and how to safely travel upon, the world's waterways is a big part of Sea Scouting and separates Sea Scouts from their land-bound counterparts. The United States has long been a sea-faring nation and the Sea Scout program both teaches its members about this country's rich maritime tradition as well as preparing them to take part in its maritime future.
The element of water makes Sea Scouts unique. Sea Scout units use a variety of boats, from outboard motorboats to large sailing yachts. Sea Scouts belong to a world that is distinct from anything on shore, and they have their own language and customs. The water is not a place for the unwary, and the Scout motto, "Be Prepared," is imperative. The challenge is taking a vessel from point A to point B while being ready for whatever may be encountered along the way. Crewing a vessel involves sharing the duties of helmsman, navigator, lookout, cook, sail handler, or engineer. Outings on a boat offer new destinations in the morning and the changing scenery of a new harbor by evening. Every event is an adventure.
Sea Scout programs are run by the youth members. Elected officers plan and conduct the program. Being part of the vessel's crew teaches teamwork. As experience is gained, more opportunities arise to contribute to the leadership of the unit. At quarterdeck meetings, ship's officers work together to plan and evaluate the ship's program. Leadership skills learned in Sea Scouts last a lifetime.
Sea Scouts give service to others. Sea Scouts have been of service to hundreds of communities across the nation. Service can be expressed in individual good turns to others or in organized projects involving the crew or the whole ship. In rescues at sea, or facing emergencies on shore, Sea Scouts have saved lives and property. Sea Scout service puts citizenship into action.
Sea Scout advancement rewards individual pursuits of excellence. Each level of advancement marks growth as a seaman and a leader. The highest rank a Sea Scout can earn is the prestigious Quartermaster rank. The Quartermaster rank is the Sea Scout equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award and the skills that must be mastered in order to attain it are recognized by both the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, both of which enlist Quartermasters at a higher pay grade than regular recruits.
Sea-faring has traditions that go back hundreds of years. Sea Scouts have been in existence since 1912 and are now sailing into their second century. Sea Scouts have adapted these traditions to the Sea Scout program and have created traditions of their own.
This page last updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015.