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The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Program

TECH Program is a comprehensive training program created by American Maritime Officers (AMO) and Seafarers International Union (SIU). The purpose is to provide selected high school graduates with the opportunity to proceed on a seagoing marine engineering career path and help fill the developing shortage of marine engineers.

Train to become a US Coast Guard Licensed Third Assistant Engineering Officer. Two to Three Year Program with no tuition or room and board fees. Alternates between classroom study and on-the-job training at sea.

There are nine phases.

  • Phase 1 to 3: Unlicensed Apprentice Program - Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in the Paul Hall Center at Piney Point, MD http://www.seafarers.org/jobs/ua.html.
  • Starting with Phase 4, the Candidate will alternate between sea time and classroom time http://www.star-center.com/techprogram/techprogram-phases.html.
  • Final Phase 9 will be approximately 15 weeks at STAR Center in Dania Beach, Florida. At the completion of Phase 9, the Candidate will be approved to take the USCG 3 A/E Motor Exam.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Job of approximately $75K starting salary upon completion.
  • See the world.
  • Gain valuable hands on experience.
  • There is no tuition or room and board.
  • All transportation costs involved with travel between ships and class are covered.
  • Small weekly stipend for classroom portions.
  • Cadet wages during sea duty.
  • Individual Medical Benefit Coverage

Entry Criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • U.S. Citizen
  • No criminal record
  • Good Physical and Mental Health
  • Pass the medical and dental examinations
  • Be able to obtain a TWIC and a Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Pass a Functional Capacity Evaluation and Coast Guard Evaluation of Fitness
  • Pass Math and Reading exams

Application deadline April 14, 2014.

 Additioanl and application information can be found here: The Engineering Candidate Hawsepipe (TECH) Overview Powerpoint

Sea Scouts Aboard Tall Ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle -
Applications Accepted Now

Do you want the adventure of a lifetime?  Apply now to sail aboard the tall ship Coast Guard Barque Eagle!  The Eagle is a three-masted barque-rigged ship used to train cadets and officer candidates in the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Eagle was  built in Germany in 1936 and was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. after World War II. Since then the Eagle has been homeported in New London, Connecticut, the location of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The National Sea Scout Support Committee has again made special arrangements with the US Coast Guard Academy for select Sea Scouts to join as crew aboard the Eagle during its 2014 summer cadet cruise.  This opportunity is available to all Sea Scouts who desire fun, adventure, and a summer cruise to remember - you don't want to miss this chance.  This year's cruises are

  • Jul 27, 2014 embark at Bourne, MA to Aug 2, 2014 debark at Rockland, ME
  • Aug 3, 2014 embark at Rockland, ME to Aug 9, 2014 debark at New London, CT
  • Other dates/ports-of-call may become available.

The ideal candidate is an active Sea Scout who is at least Able rank, a leader in his/her Ship, a SEAL graduate, 16 or 17 years old, in the 10th or 11th grade at the time of application, with an interest in the Coast Guard or other military or maritime career.  Remember though, many prior successful applicants have not had all of these attributes. So who should apply?  Any Sea Scout who is interested!

Get your USCG Barque Eagle Cruise App in by the deadline – March 31, 2014

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Announcement 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain

The National Sea Scout Support Committee announces the selection of Peter Schmidt of Springfield, Illinois as the 2014-2015 National Sea Scout Boatswain. His term of office is June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. He is a member of Ship 123, Popeye, of the Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Peter will represent Sea Scouts from across the United States as the youth representative on the National Sea Scout Committee. He will report to the National Commodore and the National Director of Sea Scouts. He will serve as the liaison with the Regional Boatswains' and other youth leaders.

Peter is a Quartermaster Sea Scout. During his tenure in Sea Scouts, he has served as Ship Boatswain, Ship Yeoman, and Council Boatswain. He served as the Central Region Area 3 Boatswain from 2010-2011 and as Central Region Boatswain from 2011-2013. He earned the Centennial Long Cruise award and the first Long Cruise Arc, along with his small boat handler and qualified seaman bars. Peter also earned his Eagle Scout Award, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and the Venturing Silver. He was recognized by his local council with the Venturing Leadership Award; as well as the Area and Region Venturing Leadership Awards for his service to Sea Scouts.

He attended the BSA Powderhorn course and has attended training with the National Youth Leadership Training and the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. He has completed the introduction to SCUBA program and BSA snorkeling. He has completed the NASBLA certification in the State of Illinois by BoatED and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Peter is currently a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. His primary focus will be in construction management with a secondary focus in sustainable and resilient infrastructpeter2ure systems. He has begun work on a computer science and a leadership studies minor.

Peter shares his reasoning for wanting to serve as the National Boatswain. His goals cover the areas of marketing, recruitment, and communication. While serving as the National Boatswain, he would like to establish quarterly communications with the Region Boatswains to discuss ideas, events, and recruitment practices to help grow the program from a youth perspective. He would also like to focus on using social media, in order to publicize the Sea Scouting program as well as to continue sharing our great program. He wants to create a National Youth Task Force, utilizing the diversity in our program to address opportunities for the Sea Scout program.

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Ship 1942 “Dragonlady” Honored With
2014 Boat US and the Sea Scouts, BSA National Flagship Award

BoatUS and Sea Scouts, BSA recognize Sea Scout Ship 1942 “Dragonlady of Arlington, Virginia of the

National Capital Area Council as the recipient of the 2014 Boats and the Sea Scouts, BSA “National Flagship” Award. The award was created by BoatUS in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting. It is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment. It is because of these attributes, as reflected by “Dragonlady’sexemplary program of seamanship and youth development, that we honor them with this award.

Heartfelt congratulations go to Ship 1942 Boatswain Philip Whittlesey, their Skipper Tom Ballew, and the dedicated crew and the many adult volunteers of “Dragonlady.” Sea Scout Ship 1942 “Dragonlady’s” name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy will be presented to the Ship at an appropriate public gathering in the National Capital Area Council.

The “2014 National Flagship” award is the third time Ship 1942 is in the BSA national spotlight, as Ship 1942 was also the “2007 National Flagship” and was one of the ships named to the “2012 Flagship Fleet.” Ship 1942 annually meets the Journey to Excellence (JTE) “Gold” level and has been a Northeast Regional Standard Ship since 2002.  

Ship 1942 is a large, co-ed unit with a historic average of 40 youth members. At the 2014 rechartering, Ship 1942 had 27 youth members but recruiting is always strongest during the spring months and the goal is to bring the membership back to 40 youth members. Ship 1942 has 15 sailboats, twelve of which are named after the Scout Law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, etc. They range in size from the training fleet of six 19-foot Flying Scot vessels to the 30-40-foot cruiser-size sloops in Solomon’s, Maryland. Ship 1942 sails the Flying Scots out of their home port at the Washington Sailing Marina just north of Old Town Alexandria, VA in sight of the Washington Monument.

Ship 1942 is blessed with 35 very passionate registered adult volunteers - Skipper, Mates, and Committee Members, 33 of whom are fully trained for their positions of responsibility, with a combined total of hundreds of years of experience and thousands of miles of off-shore sailing.

In 2013, Ship 1942 youth spent 68 days on the water with 36 of those days involving an overnight activity. The Quarterdeck Officers met a total of 17 times to plan their activities which included an additional 26 nights of tent camping and 14 nights of cabin camping. The annual 9-day Long Cruise was planned out by the Quarterdeck for a roundtrip voyage of 350 miles from Solomon’s, MD to the northern-most reaches of the Chesapeake Bay and back.

In 2013, Ship 1942 promoted its 19th Quartermaster since 2004, sent its 30th teen off to successfully navigate through the rigorous Sea Scout SEAL leadership training, and gave its 11th youth member the opportunity to sail aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Braque Eagle. Ship 1942 conducted a “teentaught” ILSS training for the entire unit. Also, youth members attended as students or served on staff for both NYLT and NAYLE. In 2014, Ship 1942 is sending its 9th Sea Scout off to a military service academy. This latest one is going to West Point but 3 of their past Sea Scouts have gone to the U.S. Naval Academy, 3 to the U.S. Air Force Academy, 1 to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and 1 to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Through the “Wounded Warrior” program and the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron, in fall 2013, Ship 1942 hosted many U.S. veterans from Afghanistan undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and their families for a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and a sunset Bar-B-Q picnic.

Ship 1942 participated in the annual Northeast Regional Bridge of Honor and Sea Scout Ball; took 1st place in the eastern seaboard’s Henry Nygard Regatta; hosted Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers for introductory sails; provided merit badge instruction in small boat sailing, oceanography, and weather to over 80 Boy Scouts in the semi-annual recruiting Open House called “Merit Badges Afloat,” and provided assistance to other ships throughout the region in their annual advanced nautical training weeks of “Camp Able” and “Life Guard Certification.” Youth members received their Quartermaster, Eagle Scout, and Venturing Silver awards, conducted hundreds of hours of community service projects, and completed several U.S. Power Squadron seamanship and navigation training courses.

Bravo Zulu to Ship 1942 Boatswain Philip Whittlesey, Skipper Tom Ballew, their Charter Organization St. George’s Episcopal Church (Arlington, Virginia), Executive Officer the Most Reverend Shearon Williams, and Charter Organization Representative Davis Jones for their outstanding support of the teen youth on the water program. For more details about their program, go to http://www.seascout1942.com.

2014 Flagship

The 2014 National Flagship Fleet was also selected and wishes to recognize the following Sea Scout Ships for their outstanding programs for this past year:

  • Ship378 ‘The Dawn Treader’, Flint River Council, Newnan American Legion Post 57, Georgia
  • Ship 450 ‘Heatwave’, Las Vegas Area Council, Lake Havasu City Outrigger Canoe Club, Arizona
  • Ship 601 ‘City of Roses’, Cascade Pacific Council, Fleet Reserve Association, Branch #55, Oregon
  • Ship 678 ‘Tsunami’, Cascade Pacific Council, Battle Ground Elks, Oregon

Congratulations to each of these ships for their great programs in the past. We look forward to their continued involvement with the Sea Scout program around the country.



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