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Author: Sea Scouts, BSA

Bravo Zulu to the 2015 Quartermaster Class

For 37 Sea Scouts across the country, 2015 was a very special year. These 37 Sea Scouts attained the Quartermaster Award, Sea Scouting’s highest honor. The Quartermaster award represents their many years of dedication to personal growth and to the Sea Scout program. For an Able Sea Scout, the highlight of the Quartermaster journey involves planning, organizing, and executing a community service project and a 40 hour cruise. If you are unfamiliar with the rigor of the award, check out the complete requirements. Just how rare is the Quartermaster Award? About .7 percent of all Sea Scouts* earned the Quartermaster Award...

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2015 National Committee Meeting

Scout Volunteers from all over the nation representing each region and many of our partnering organizations gathered for their annual National Sea Scout Committee Meeting last weekend. The Big Ideas that guided the meeting were Membership Growth, New Units, Fun Monthly Maritime Activities, and Inspiring Annual Summer Cruising. The National Sea Scout Boatswain Edward Campbell was in attendance to represent Sea Scouts from all over the country and Gary Butler, the Deputy Chief Scout Executive, attended to provide guidance on the pending national resolution that could make Sea Scouts an independent program of the BSA. Some of the highlights from...

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Ship 1942’s Journey to SeaPerch Nationals

This is the second year that Ship 1942 has sent teams, sponsored by the U.S. Navy Carderrock Ship Modeling Basin, to the SeaPerch Regional competition at the Naval Academy. This year we were fortunate enough to be able to send three teams comprised of a total of twelve Scouts. One of those teams, the “Tech Know Logic” Team made up of Michelle Reilly, Jeanine Reilly, Nicolas Turner, Philip Ray, and mentor, Brian Ray, was named a national qualifying team and continued to the next level of the competition at Dartmouth College. Still, every team worked diligently to create the...

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Sea Scout Ship takes STEM to a new level, Needs your help

If you look at educational trends right now you might notice a large emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Students are studying it in the classroom, in labs, and in extracurricular activities. In Scouting, youth can earn the NOVA and Supper NOVA awards for learning about STEM ideas, and Scouts learn about STEM through rank advancement. That’s a whole lot of STEM educational opportunities, but Ship 41 of Bay Village, Ohio took it to the next level! Sea Scouts of Ship 41 not only studied Archimedes Principal and buoyancy, they went through the entire engineering design process,...

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Build an Adventure: New Marketing Resources Available

Build an Adventure marketing resources are now available for Sea Scouting! That’s right, the BSA’s Build an Adventure Marketing Campaign has expanded its reach from Venturing to Sea Scouting. Sea Scouts or Volunteers can go to and select “National Recruiting Campaign” or simply click here. The new recruiting resources include: Fliers, Posters, Web Banners, Eblasts, Print Ads, Postcards, Peer-to-Peer Cards, and Social Media Images. Many of these resources include a “fillable” option for each ship to customize these pieces to your units needs. Special thanks to Wendy Kurtain of the BSA’s Marketing Department for her hard work on this project!...

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2015 Central Region Rendezvous

In the Central Region, they hold an annual Rendezvous for scouts from all over the region as a way for all the scouts to bond and have fun will learning and competing in new skills. This event has been a huge success in the past, and will hopefully continue to be a success for many years to come. Scout Marc Cauinian recounts what it was like this year. Sea Scout ships and Venturing crews from all over the Central Region met in Camp Illinek at Springfield, IL, to attend the 2015 Central Region Rendezvous. From May 15-17, nearly a...

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2015 National Meeting and National Boatswain Change of Watch

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your National Boatswain for the past year. I have had the opportunity to travel to every region in the country and meet Sea Scouts from all over the world. I worked tirelessly over the last year to make sure that the voice of the Sea Scout is heard and that every youth in our program has the chance to make change in their program. I also have worked to improve our communication strategy so that every Sea Scout and Sea Scout Leader has the most up to date...

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The 50th Annual Henry I. Nygard Regatta

This year marked the 50th year of the annual Northeast Regional Nygard Regatta. The name of this event is rather misleading. The term “regatta” implies a boat race, typically with sailboats or motorboats, but this is not the case with Nygard Regatta. The Henry I. Nygard Regatta is a race measuring proficiency in the needed skills for advancement, the time required for the scouts to complete those skills, and the accuracy to which they are done. Essentially, this is a competition of the seamanship skills that sea scouts would encounter in their adventures. This year’s regatta took place Memorial Day...

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Sea Scouters Honored for Contributions to Program

The BSA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week was a special one for one Sea Scout and three Sea Scouters. On May 20th, at the Venturing and Sea Scouting Reception both National Boatswain, Peter Schmidt, and National Director, Keith Christopher, were presented the National Venturing Leadership Award for exceptional service to the Venturing and Sea Scout Programs at the national level. Below is an expert from Keith Christopher’s National VLA presentation.   In the 1920’s Commander Thomas Keane of the US Navy assumed the role as the first Director of Sea Scouting. Utilizing his naval background, he wrote the...

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2015 Seabadge Underway Michigan

This August, National Commodore Charles Wurster will be directing the first ever freshwater Seabadge Underway Course in Mackinaw City Michigan aboard a 52′ Ketch, the Retriever, from August 15- 23. Seabadge Underway (SBU)  provides basic vessel operation training to Sea Scout and other adult Scout leaders, with little vessel experience, to help prepare these leaders to operate a Sea Scout vessel in a safe and productive way under moderate conditions. It is also the mission of this course to provide experienced vessel operators with training in the methods and objectives of operating a Sea Scout vessel to achieve maximum...

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