Training Programs


Voice of the Sea Scout Survey

The National Sea Scout Boatswain is looking for your input, along with the input from all your shipmates! We need your voice in order to set a course for the future of Sea Scouting. In order for your voice to be heard, your need to fill out the "Voice of the Sea Scout" Survey and encourage your entire ship to do the same. From programs, to technology, advancement and more, we want to know what you think! The survey should take you less than 30 minutes to complete but could bring a lasting impact to our program.

Take the Survey Here!

Peter Schmidt
National Boatswain

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Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock presents the Koch Cup trophy to Skipper Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush along with Dr. William I Koch

LONG BEACH – For the fifth time in seven regattas, a California team has won the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, narrowly beating the strongest field of sailors in the history of the event. The week long sailing regatta was held at the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and Long Beach Yacht Club from June 21-28th.

The biennial regatta was so close that the winners were decided after the last race in Alamitos Bay. Ben Brough and Laura Roudebush of Ship 90 in Newport Beach, California defeated Alex Schwinn and William Cassara of Ship 809 in Keller, Texas and won the silver trophy by a single point. Third place went to Liz Fletcher and David Cornella of Ship 936 in Dana Point, California.

Brough and Roudebush who are members of the SSS Renegades thanked the Sea Scout program for introducing them to sailing. Brough, 17, of Orange, is going into his senior year in high school. Roudebush, 18, of Newport, will attend UCLA in the fall where she will be a member of the sailing team.

"I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that Sea Scouts and sailing have given me to grow as both an individual and a team member," Roudebush said. "The Koch Cup experience represented the leadership skills Sea Scouts have taught me."

"Sea Scouts has given me a lifelong passion for sailing," Brough said. "The Koch competition - just as awesome as winning the trophy was coming away with so many friendships with scouts from around the world. I would compete again next time knowing that win or lose I'll still come out ahead."

This event is the second Koch Cup regatta for Roudebush and Brough's first. Roudebush competed two years ago when the regatta was hosted by the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California.

Named after William I. Koch, the Palm Beach businessman who won the 1992 America's Cup, the weeklong sailing event brings Sea Scouts together from around the world to build camaraderie and friendship. More than 70 young men and women from 10 countries converged upon the Long Beach Sea Scout Base and the Long Beach Yacht Club, sailing two member CFJ's on courses in Long Beach harbor and Alamitos Bay. The event was underwritten by Oxbow Carbon LLC, which has operated a carbon storage facility in Long Beach harbor for the past four decades.

Sea Scouts from Brazil, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States competed in light to moderate winds. Sailors were divided into two flights, the championship flight which comprised the Koch Cup. A consolation flight was established in 2002, allowing sailors to compete for a Maori carved statue known as the Kiwi Cup.

The winners of the Kiwi Cup were Andrew Berkowitz and Isabella Rudow of Ship 441, Queens, New York. Second place went to Shawn Sovie and Nathan Cullinan of Ship 41 in Lakewood, Ohio. Connor Stewart and Dan Schmidtke of Ship 45 in Pearland, Texas placed third.

In the United States, Sea Scouts is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21. Scouts form Ships and learn leadership through seamanship. In 2000, the Sea Scouts program asked Bill Koch if he would be interested in reviving a national sailing competition that had been dormant since World War II.

Koch requested that the regatta be open to Scouts from around the world in order to foster international understanding and camaraderie. He commissioned a trophy from Asprey Garrard's, the silversmith who made the original America's Cup trophy, and donated it to the Boy Scouts of America. The Koch Cup now resides in the Norman Rockwell room at the national Boy Scout Museum in Irving, Texas.

Scouts Teddy Carter and Sarah Wyman of Dana Point, California, and Kester Wade and Andrew Agard of Trinidad and Tabago were nominated by their fellow Scouts for the Sportsmanship award. Scouts Gemma McDowell and Sarah McKernan of Malahide, Ireland and Nicholas Harvey and Connor Woodhouse of Johannesburg, South Africa won the Spirit awards.

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This award for Sea Scouts has been implemented as a part of the special activities a Sea Scout can participate in during times when they are not engaged in their nautical programs. It is designed to give programming for the ship when they are not able to get on the water, as extracurricular program.

A Sea Scout would begin with the Basic Shooter requirements. He or she chooses which discipline or disciplines they would like to participate in. Note that they can choose to learn how to shoot more than one firearm. A special “Sea Scout Shooting Sports Medal” is being designed to be earned after a Sea Scout earns their first level, no matter what discipline they shoot. From the main medal, we would have small medal bars that would hang off of this original medal. The bar would state what the discipline is they shot and the level they are currently at. For an example, there would be 4 Bars for each discipline – i.e.: Rifle –Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Each discipline would have these 4 bars. The Sea Scout would only wear the bar for the highest level they have achieved. If the Sea Scout shoots all 3 disciplines, they could only have a maximum of 3 bars hanging off of their medal showing the highest level achieved for each discipline.

Marksmanship Medals

Downlaod the Sea Scout Marksmanship Program Requirements and the Sea Scout Marksmanship Award Order Form 430-934_Fillable

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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

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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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.

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

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
  • Starting with Phase 4, the Candidate will alternate between sea time and classroom time
  • 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 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.


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.


    • 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.


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.


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 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(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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The National Sea Scout Support Committee (“NSSSC”) announces the selection of Billy McElligott of Dunedin, Florida as the 2013-2014 National Sea Scout Boatswain. (June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014). He is a member of Ship 956, Carpe Diem of the West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Billy will represent Sea Scouts from across the United States as the youth representative on the NSSSC and reports 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.

McElligott is an Able Sea Scout, but is expected to qualify for his Quartermaster Sea Scout Award this year. During his tenure in Sea Scouts, he has served his ship as Ship Boatswain, Boatswain’s Mate, and Coxswain. He has also served as the Southern Region Boatswain for the past two years. He is a graduate of Sea Scout Advanced Leadership training (SEAL 2012, Miami, Florida) and has earned his Long Cruise Award; Qualified Seaman; Small Boat Handler; Venturing Silver, Gold and Bronze awards; and is a BSA Lifeguard.

Billy is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron and the West Palm Sail and Power Squadron. He has submitted documentation and awaiting the results for qualification for the United States Coast Guard Captains license. He holds an American Red Cross Open Water/Beach Lifeguard certification and is a member of the Dunedin Boat Club. His certifications also include: FAA Private Pilot Certification, PADI’s Advanced Open Water SCUBA Certification, National Emergency Medical Technician, and American Red Cross CPR/AED/Oxygen certifications.

He is a freshman at the Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Political Science and Biomedical Sciences. His goal is to attend law school to eventually work foreign policy and diplomacy actions for the United States Coast Guard.

When asked why he wants to serve as the National Boatswain, Billy indicates he would like to focus on program marketing, recruitment, and communication. While serving as the National Boatswain, he would like to establish monthly communications with the Region Boatswains to discuss ideas, events, and recruitment practices. 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. This would help in promotion of an incredibly strong, vibrant Sea Scout presence within the Boy Scouts of America.

Join us in congratulating Billy McElligott in his selection as the 2013-2014 National Sea Scout Boatswain!

Download the 2013-14 National Boatswain McElligott announcement here.

Makai Honored - 2013 National Sea Scout Flagship 


IRVING, TX - Sea Scout Ship 700, SSS Makai of San Leandro, California, San Francisco Bay Area Council has been selected as the 2013 National Flagship by the National Seas Scout Support Committee (“NSSSC”) of the Boy Scouts of America. 2013 is the beginning of the second century of the Sea Scout program, which provides nautical programs to more than 6,500 Sea Scouts throughout the U.S.
BoatUS and Sea Scouts, BSA recognizes the Makai is chartered by Bigham-Taylor Roofing Company. The award was created by BoatUS in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouts. It is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment; attributes reflected by the Makai in its exemplary programs of seamanship and youth development. The Makai was part of the 2012 National Flagship Fleet.

The Ship’s quarterdeck and Skipper completed a full application and provided support through written summary of their accomplishments and activities they participated in during this past year. The Ship’s Boatswain Nick Rojos comments, “Makai is much more than a Sea Scout Ship, we’re a group of determined young men who want to work hard for regattas and enjoy our cruises to the fullest … I am proud to lead these young men and I’m even more proud of the Makai that I call my second family.” The crew works hard and plays hard learning to maintain their boat, learning new skills, and competing in a wide array of events. A few highlights of their activities include:

    • Achieved the Gold level 2012 Journey to Excellence national award with a perfect score
    • 82.6 % of youth members advanced in rank, or advanced during the year
    • 38% of youth members achieved Ordinary Sea Scout rank or higher
    • The crew participated in 42 days of on-the-water activities during the year (Total engine run time 110 hours 13 minutes, including a 17 day Long Cruise)
    • 15 community unit service projects including such as landscaping at a community church, Scouting for Food, and maintenance at various marinas
    • Sent a youth member to Sea Scout Advanced Leadership training (“SEAL”) in Miami, FL
    • Competed in 4 Regional Regattas (taking a top class rating at 3 of them); attended 5 fleet training and social activities; conducted 5 leadership training courses; participated in many more active meetings and months of events too numerous to mention for a total of 188 days of Sea Scout activities during the year
    • Had a youth member appointed as the Western Region Area 3 Boatswain
    • Acquired and rigged a new primary vessel in less than 2 months
    • Recruited 9 new youth members during the year bringing their total to 23 and recruited 5 new adult members during the year bringing their total to 13
    • 14 of their Crew and 13 of their adults earned the Sea Scout Centennial Gold Award pin

A heartfelt congratulation goes to Ship Boatswain Nick Rojos, Skipper Robert Karn, Executive Officer Mr. Kevin Trujillo, and the dedicated S.S.S. Makai crew and adult volunteers. The Makai’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy now on display at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy will be presented to the ship’s leadership.

Join us in saluting Ship 700, SSS Makai for their outstanding efforts. We wish them well in continuing to promote water safety and provide a quality Sea Scout program to the youth in their area.

For more information about the S.S.S. Makai, visit their website:

[Download the 2013 National Flagship Makai Announcement here.]

NCUni NekFrtSmThe National Sea Scout Support Committee is please to introduce the New Century Universal Sea Scout Uniform ("NCUSSU").  The NCUSSU is an alternate uniform to the current adult and youth dress and work uniforms. It is intended to make it easy for members of newly formed Sea Scout Ships to outfit themselves in a Sea Scout uniform and may be chosen by any unit new or existing. When chosen by the unit, this universal uniform is worn by all youth and adult Ship members and may serve as both a dress uniform and a work uniform. The New Century Universal Sea Scout Uniform will be included in the next edition of the Sea Scout Manual, No. 33239.

Visit here to learn more about this exciting new option!


Governor Deval L. Patrick of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a proclamation making October 8, 2012 Sea Scouts Day in the Bay State.

The Governor, in issuing his proclamation, reminded the citizens of Massachusetts that Sea Scouting in the United States began in Massachusetts, that it has grown from one Boy Scout Training Ship to become a national program for young men and young women that promotes our maritime heritage and provides hands-on maritime education, training, and experiences, while partnering with other civic organizations to promote safe boating, environmental conservation and community service.

Massachusetts Proclamation


News and information from the National Sea Scout Support Committee.