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Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training (SEAL)

The Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training program is designed to teach leadership skills while underway. SEAL is designed to “jump start” the junior leaders of new Ships and to fine tune leaders of experienced Ships. It is a hard core, physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding hands-on leadership experience. New and experienced Sea Scouts can succeed at SEAL so long as they are willing to learn and work hard at preparation.

Download the 2014 SEAL Application here.

History and Purpose

In 1996, the National Sea Scouting Committee created a new youth leadership course called Sea Scout Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training. The course is designed to develop leadership skills in young adults. Seamanship is the medium through which the course is taught; however, nautical skills are the means, not the end. This course, which utilizes an “at sea” experience as a laboratory, is intended to teach and apply leadership skills. There are few other media offering the opportunity for young people to actually put leadership skills utilizing group dynamics into practice. In SEAL, there is no “play acting.” All situations and tasks are real, not created. Bad decisions or team failure can produce immediate and real problems.

Curriculum

This week long “at sea” experience allows the student to learn and apply new skills immediately. Courses consist of five to seven youth with a Course Skipper and two instructors. Each instructional module relates to a specific leadership skill with exercises designed to show mastery of the concepts taught while under the leadership of the Boatswain of the Day. SEAL is NOT a seamanship course. All applicants are expected to have basic seamanship skills prior to arrival.

Skills Taught

Evaluation Team Building Leadership
Training Communicating Goal Setting
Planning & Preparing Motivating Managing, Supervising & Commanding
Counseling Implementing & Re-Implementing Problem Solving

Preparing for SEAL

SEAL candidates must arrive at the course prepared to learn, lead, and excel. It is not a seamanship course and all candidates must become intimately familiar with the Safety & Seamanship chapter and appendix of the current Sea Scout Manual. Candidates will be required to outline the chapter in detail. Additionally, candidates must be able to perform basic coastal navigation on paper and must be able to tie all knots required for Apprentice Sea Scout and Ordinary Sea Scout ranks. They must know and understand the basic nomenclature of a sailing vessel; know and understand helm commands and points of relative bearings. All of this information is in the Sea Scout Manual.

Conducting the Training

This course is managed by the National Sea Scout Committee and have been conducted at Chesapeake Bay, the Texas Gulf Coast, the Pacific, the Ohio River Valley, Florida Keys, Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes. Course dates vary but are always held in the summer months. Costs are typically from $125 to $250 not including candidate transportation to and from the course. Check our event calendar for course offerings.

Requirements

    • Achieve Ordinary Rank by June 1st the year of the course.
    • Apply leadership skills with their ship after the course.

Before Students Arrive

The student will:

    • Prepare an outline of “Chapter 4” of the Sea Scout Manual to be forwarded to the course’s Skipper for evaluation.
    • Know basic nomenclature of a sailing vessel.
    • Know and be able to perform basic coastal navigation.
    • Be able to tie all knots required for Apprentice and Ordinary Ranks in less than three minutes.
    • Know standard helm commands.

Two practice tests are sent to the applicant’s Skipper prior to the course that cover seamanship covered in “Chapter 4” of the Sea Scout Manual and basic coastal navigation. The student’s performance on these practice tests helps the student know better how to prepare for the course.

Goals

By the end of the course, graduates will be equipped with leadership skills and management tools necessary to fire up a ship’s program. They will be prepared to serve in leadership positions such as Boatswain or Boatswain’s Mate in their ships as well as in their schools, jobs, and communities.

Recognitions

Each graduate receives the coveted SEAL pin. SEAL patches are also available to graduates, which can be worn on their uniform instead of the pin. SEAL graduates are also selected to represent Sea Scouts with other opportunities such as trips on submarines, aircraft carriers, and as course marshals for the America’s Cup races.

Applications

Applications are due each year by March 1st, and are available for download here. All courses are posted, and the applicant must list their preference in priority order. If two or more Scouts from the same ship are applying, they should apply for different locations. Further questions should be directed to the National SEAL Training Coordinator, Mr. Jim Elroy here or by telephone at (805) 797-7900.

Preparing for SEAL

The Skipper’s evaluation of the candidate’s readiness for SEAL is critical. The application consists of an admonition and instructions to the Skipper regarding evaluation of the applicant. Preparation and full readiness regarding the knowledge of seamanship as set out in the Safety & Seamanship Chapter of the Sea Scout Manual and coastal piloting is absolutely essential prior to arrival at the training site. Failure to fully prepare ensures failure of this course and the waste of a valuable space for someone else that would have been able to participate.

To assist candidates' preparation, two tests are forwarded to their Skipper. The first tests the candidates knowledge on the Safety & Seamanship Chapter of the current Sea Scout Manual, the second tests their knowledge of basic coastal navigation. In the navigation test, candidates will set a course, compute speed, time and distance, compass error, a fix by two lines of position and finding latitude and longitude. These tests are used by the candidate and her Skipper to determine the candidate's readiness for SEAL. Using the results of the test, the Skipper can tell if the candidate needs help before she reports to SEAL training.

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Seabadge Advanced Leadership Training

Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the "how-to" aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders.  The driving theme for the training is to "Focus on Youth", which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth.  Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual.

Overview & Purpose

Seabadge is a weekend course that begins Friday afternoon and concludes with a closing ceremony before lunch on Sunday.  Course participants and staff function as a model ship to help participants understand how a ship or youth-led unit should function. The curriculum includes twenty sessions, with established objectives, that are presented in a motivating and informative forum.

The objectives of Seabadge are to:

    • Improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivational skills among adult leaders.
    • Provide management, leadership, and presentation skills and tools to adult leaders so that they may use and share them with others in their day-to-day Scout activities.
    • Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to improve the quality of the Sea Scout program.
    • Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.

Participant Requirements

Course applicants must meet the following minimum standard requirements prior to consideration for participation in a Seabadge course:

    1. Is a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. 
    2. Has completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position and Leader Specific: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic training.
    3. Has actively and effectively served in their current registered position for at least one continuous year. An adult does not have to be registered in Sea Scouts in order to attend the course.
    4. Has been nominated and approved by their home council for participation in Seabadge.

Uniform Requirements

Sea Scout participants will wear the official Sea Scout uniforms as described in the Sea Scout Manual.  The dress uniform will be worn for the banquet and graduation.  The work uniform will be worn during the remainder of the course.

Other Scout participants will wear their official Scouting uniforms (official Scout leader shirt, Scout pants, leather or web belt, and official socks) with the shoulder loops signifying their Scouting program.  Each person has the option of wearing uniform short, long pants, or a skirt.

For Councils - How to Host a Course

A Seabadge course can be sponsored by a council, a group of councils or by a region after determining a need to conduct a course.  The host council will:

    1. Determine the need for a Seabadge course and assign a professional staff advisor.
    2. Contact the National Sea Scout Director to receive the most current Seabadge Administrative Guide that includes planning guidelines and a course application.
    3. Select a qualified course director from a national list of qualified course directors.
    4. Submit an application to conduct a Seabadge course and a signed Course Director's Pledge to the National Director of Sea Scouts for final approval. The course application should be submitted at least 9 months in advance of the selected beginning date of the course.
    5. Following approval from the National Director of Sea Scouts, each course will be issued a national course number and the course director will receive the most current course materials via CD or by email.

Download Participant Application

Staff Requirements

Seabadge staff members must meet the following qualifications:

    1. Currently registered member of the Boy Scouts of America as a Sea Scout adult leader for at least two continuous years.
    2. Successfully completed an official Seabadge course.
    3. Be approved by their local council to serve on the Seabadge staff.
    4. Agree to adhere to the Seabadge Administrative Guide and Seabadge Instructor Manual when planning and presenting Seabadge topics.
    5. Agree to wear a national standard Sea Scout adult leader uniform and insignia (exactly as outlined in the current edition of the Sea Scout Manual) during the Seabadge course.
    6. Once selected, staff members must review all current prerequisite training materials including; Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training, and Leader Specific: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.  

Download Staff Application

Course Director Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for a Seabadge staff member, to serve as a Seabadge course director a Sea Scout adult leader must have the following qualifications:

    1. Must have successfully completed staff assignments at two Seabadge courses, including serving as a crew advisor.
    2. Successfully completed a National Seabadge Course Director Seminar.
    3. Must be enthusiastic, open-minded, flexible, people-oriented, and committed to implementing the Seabadge course in a positive manner.
    4. Must sign the "Course Director's Pledge".

 


Course Application Deadline Calculator

 The National Sea Scout Support Committee must receive requests to host a Seabadge Course at least 9 months in advance of the anticipated course date. The earliest course date for applications received today will be:

June 19,2015

Seabadge Underway Advanced Leadership Training

It is the mission of Seabadge Underway (SBU) Training to provide 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 benefit to the youth involved in Scouting's programs on the water

Objectives

By the end of this course the SBU student should be able to:

  • Properly inspect a vessel to determine if it is properly equipped to get underway and has aboard the safety equipment that is required by law and is recommended for prudent operation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate using dead reckoning, GPS, and other navigation equipment that may be on the training vessel.
  • Demonstrate basic deck skills including tying basic knots, handling ground tackle, and deploying various lines utilized for coming alongside.
  • Set the watch and supervise the navigator, helmsman, and lookouts.
  • Properly identify aids to navigation.
  • Conduct safety drills including man overboard, fire, abandon ship and rescue.
  • Have a working knowledge of the International and Inland Rules of the Road and BSA Safety Afloat policies.
  • Have a working knowledge of the responsibilities of the Sea Scout Skipper and other adult leaders and knowledge of proper unit operations including adult leader relationships with Sea Scout youth leaders.
  • Develop the ability to determine if an adult vessel operator is competent, safe and in compliance with local and federal law and is managing the vessel in accordance with BSA and Sea Scout policy.
  • Identify tools and materials available to assist in training of Sea Scout youth leaders.
  • Safely operate a small auxiliary vessel with outboard (dinghy)
  • Know and demonstrate Sea Scout customs while underway.
  • Have knowledge of the Sea Scout philosophy regarding the development of leadership skills and seamanship skills in youth members while underway.

Participant Requirements

A student does not need sea experience to attend this course but must come prepared. For the inexperienced vessel operator a great deal of effort must be expended to prepare for this course. Not completing the course is usually the result of poor preparation.. Please review the below pre-requisite tasks and training.

  1. Applicants must have a good working knowledge of basic coastal navigation. This may be achieved by reading the Sea Scout Manual, taking a US Power Squadrons (USPS) or US Coast Guard Auxiliary course in piloting. It is highly recommended that the student successfully complete the USPS Piloting level course prior to taking this course. Applicants will be given a navigation test to be completed at home and must pass this test. Mastery of these basic skills is imperative for success in this course. A similar test will be administered during the course. All students must pass this navigation test.
  2. Applicants must be able to tie all 15 knots required for Sea Scout Apprentice and Ordinary ranks including a cleat hitch within a three minute time period. See section on knot tying in this manual.
  3. Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to manage 16 hour days, and must submit a pre-qualification BSA Medical Examination Form and be qualified for "High Adventure" activities including meeting the height and weight standards. Applicants must be able to swim 200 meters. BSA medical form available at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/part_c.pdf
  4. Applicants must currently be registered as an adult Sea Scout leader, Scout leader or Professional Scouter. (If not a Sea Scout leader, there is a great deal of preparation that will be required).
  5. Applicants must study and master the contents of the "Safety and Seamanship" chapter of the current Sea Scout Manual. A test covering this chapter will be given to applicants to complete at home. Applicants must pass this test prior to attending this course. All students must pass a final seamanship test to complete this course.
  6. Applicants must have completed Venturing Youth Protection Training.
  7. Applicant must have a complete dress white or dress blue official Sea Scout Leader's uniform with insignia placed as set out in the Sea Scout Manual or if in another Scouting program, must have a dress uniform for that program. (The New Century uniform will be accepted as a dress uniform.)
  8. Applicants must have complete basic first aid and CPR and must have a current card.
  9. Applicants must have completed Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (SSALBT).Course applicants must meet the following minimum standard requirements prior to consideration for participation in a Seabadge course:

Uniform Requirements

Students and course staff will be in Sea Scout working uniform at all times. The course director will utilize the national Sea Scout adult leader khaki work uniform (or the New Century uniform) with either short or long pants and will provide students with a list of required uniforms and personal equipment in advance of their arrival. A list of personal equipment required for the course will be furnished to the student when the course director customizes the Student SBU Manual for his or her course. Students will bring a dress white or blue uniform as set out in the Sea Scout Manual or if not a Sea Scout leader, a dress uniform as set out in the Scout Manual.

Course Schedule

The next course will be offered October 18, 2014- October 26, 2014 at theMaryland Yacht Club, 1500 Fairview Beach Road, Pasadena, Maryland. Cost: $400.00 per participant.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 18, 2014

Application Process

The register download the Seabadge Underway and Seabadge Underway Course Director Certification Flyer Maryland October 2014.  For more information Contact Jim Elroy, National Sea Scout Training Coordinator, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Course Application Deadline Calculator

 The National Sea Scout Support Committee must receive requests to host a Seabadge Underway Course at least 9 months in advance of the anticipated course date. The earliest course date for applications received today will be:

June 19,2015

Seabadge Underway Course Director's Training

Local SBU course directors will be selected within a region in the same manner course directors are selected for a Seabadge conference. The National Sea Scout Director can appoint course directors for SBU training courses with regional or council approval. Once approved by a region or council, the local SBU course director or region must apply to the National Sea Scout Director for authorization to conduct a SBU class. Once the course is approved, tests, student workbooks, and other materials will be sent to the course director.

The SBU course director must possess nautical, Sea Scout program and administrative skills. There must also be at least one assistant course director. One member of the team could be heavy on nautical skills and the other administrative skills.

Requirements to be a Seabadge Underway Course Director

  1. Possesses a Council Operator Certificate in conformance with the "New BSA Safe Boating/Sailing Standards for vessels owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America" dated November 28, 1994.
  2. Must have 365 days at sea since age 14 on any vessel.
  3. Must have 90 days at sea on a vessel at least 35 ft. in length.
  4. Must have at least five years of Sea Scout adult leadership experience.
  5. Completed USCG Auxiliary or United States Power Squadrons advanced navigation courses or military navigation courses or the equivalents OR USCG Master's License.
  6. Must have a college degree in business administration, public administration, or experience as an administrator or supervisor.
  7. Completed Seabadge Training.
  8. Completed the SBU Course Director Training Course.
  9. Be a trainer of known ability.
  10. Be knowledgeable of the practices, policies, and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America and dedicated to seeing that they are effectively carried out.
  11. Completed BSA hazardous weather training.
  12. Completed Venturing Youth Protection Training.
  13. Completed BSA Safety Afloat Training.
  14. Completed BSA Safe Swim Defense.
  15. Completed BSA Trainer's Edge.
  16. Hold a current basic first aid and CPR training certificate.
  17. Must be able to swim 200 meters.
  18. Must pass a BSA medical examination and certified for high adventure activities.  BSA medical form available at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/part_c.pdf
  19. Must pass all exams, written and practical with a score of 80% or better.

Uniform Requirements

Students and course staff will be in Sea Scout working uniform at all times. The course director will utilize the national Sea Scout adult leader khaki work uniform (or the New Century uniform) with either short or long pants and will provide students with a list of required uniforms and personal equipment in advance of their arrival. A list of personal equipment required for the course will be furnished to the student when the course director customizes the Student SBU Manual for his or her course. Students will bring a dress white or blue uniform as set out in the Sea Scout Manual or if not a Sea Scout leader, a dress uniform as set out in the Scout Manual.

Course Schedule

The next course will be offered October 18, 2014- October 26, 2014 at theMaryland Yacht Club, 1500 Fairview Beach Road, Pasadena, Maryland. Cost: $400.00 per participant.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 18, 2014

Application Process

The register download the Seabadge Underway Course Director Certification Flyer Maryland October 2014.  For more information Contact Jim Elroy, National Sea Scout Training Coordinator, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Course Application Deadline Calculator

 The National Sea Scout Support Committee must receive requests to host a Seabadge Underway Course at least 9 months in advance of the anticipated course date. The earliest course date for applications received today will be:

June 19,2015

Sea Scout Training & Education

Sea Scouts, BSA offers a wide variety of training and education programs designed to enhance your Sea Scout experience.  Click on the program logos below to learn more about these opportunities.

 Training for Adults

 

Fast Start

Intended to be taken ship leaders, as well as unit commissioners and chartered organization representatives immediately following the acceptance of their new role.  Take this course on line.

 

Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training

Topics covered include the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures.  This is an online training taken from myscouting.org.

 

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training is the first step in training for all Sea Scout leaders focusing on the skills and attributes necessary to be an effective advisor in the Ship’s deliverance of service to youth in your specific geographic location. It is intended primarily to enhance individual knowledge of and connectivity with the strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills necessary for the development of youth in the Sea Scout program.  Contact your local council for dates and locations.

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Seabadge

Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the "how-to" aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders.  The driving theme for the training is to "Focus on Youth", which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth.  Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout ManualLearn more here

 

Seabadge Underway

Seabadge Underway provides basic vessel operation training to Sea Scout and other adult Scout leaders, with little vessel experience, in order 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 program on a vessel to achieve maximum benefit to the youth onboard.  Learn more here

Seabadge Underway Course Director Training

Seabadge Underway Course Director Training provides the training for a Seabadge Underway graduate to be certified as a Course Director Learn more here

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.  Contact your local Council for course dates and locations.

Powder Horn

Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your local council training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Explore other training opportunities at http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx.

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