Sea Scouter Recognition

Questions often asked are, “What about the Skipper and Mates?” and “Do they qualify for advancement the same way a Sea Scout does?” This question calls for a brief explanation of the purpose of Sea Scout advancement and a reminder of recognitions recommended for adults in Sea Scouting.

The Sea Scout advancement program offers Ship members a series of progressive experiences in various skills with standards for meeting them. Sea Scouts qualifying receive special badges and awards.

The sole purpose of advancement is to challenge members to engage in activities that will support the character and citizenship objectives of the Sea Scout program.

One can clearly see from this that advancement is for young adults. However, there are recognitions available to adult leaders. The training and service required to qualify for these recognitions bring satisfying prestige. In every case they require either significant training or a worthwhile contribution to the effectiveness of the Sea Scout program.

Long Cruise Award

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The Long Cruise badge may be earned by both youth and adults registered in Sea Scouts.  A Sea Scout must be Ordinary rank before he or she can start recording cruising time for the Long Cruise badge. The Sea Scout must cruise for two weeks on any vessel or boat provided by the local council or the ship, or their own vessel when authorized by an adult leader in that Sea Scout ship. Each additional long cruise earned is marked by a red arc above the badge, until five such cruises have been completed. Then a single white arc replaces them above the badge.  In the event that it is not possible to make a two-week cruise, a series of weekend or overnight cruises on any boat or ship may be made, provided that the total number equals 14 days.  An adult leader may qualify for the badge without qualifying for Ordinary rank.

USPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award

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The USPS “Finley Sea Scout Service Award” recognizes those members of the United States Power Squadrons who are also youth or adult Sea Scout leaders, and who have provided outstanding civic, educational, and fraternal leadership to both the Sea Scouts and the United States Power Squadrons, through civic involvement, educational achievement, and active participation in both programs.

link-PDFUSPS Finley Sea Scout Service Award Application

Sea Scouter Training Award

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1. Complete Venturing Leader Youth Protection.

2. Complete Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.

3. Complete a boating safety course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, or NASBLA approved boater safety course.

Tenure

Complete two years of registered tenure in any adult capacity in Sea Scouts.

Performance 1. Participate in ILSS training or the quarterdeck training for the ship in each year.

2. Serve as an adult leader in a ship that achieves at least Bronze level of Journey to Excellence in each year.

3. Give primary leadership in meeting at least one ship Journey to Excellence objective in each year.

4. Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region, or national level during the two years.

5. Perform to the satisfaction of the Skipper your assigned leadership duties.

Certification

The Skipper and Commissioner must approve all applications.

link-PDFSea Scouter Training Award Application 

 

Skipper's Key

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1. Complete Venturing Leader Youth Protection.

2. Complete Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.

3. Complete a boating safety course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, or NASBLA approved boater safety course.

Tenure

Complete three years of registered tenure as a Skipper within a five-year period. (Time can include tenure used to earn the Scouters’ Training Award.)

Performance

1. Achieve at least the Silver level of Journey to Excellence at least two years.

2. Conduct annual quarterdeck training and have a published meeting/activity schedule for the ship in each year.

3. Participate in at least one additional supplemental or advanced training event at the council, area, region, or national level. Certification The Ship Committee Chair and Commissioner must approve the Skipper’s application for a Skipper’s Key.

link-PDFSkippers Key Application

Skipper's Award of Merit


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Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout retention. Statistics show that if young people stay engaged in the program for at least five years, the BSA’s influence likely will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders who make that happen. The Unit Leader Award of Merit replaces the Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, and Venturing Crew Advisor award of merit programs. This new recognition has revised requirements, and Cubmasters and Skippers are also eligible for this recognition.

Requirements

The nominee must

  1. Be a currently registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Coach, Advisor, or Skipper who has served in that position at least 18 continuous months.
  2. Meet the training requirements for the registered position.
  3. Distribute a printed or electronic annual unit program plan and calendar to each family in the unit.
  4. Have a leader succession plan in place.
  5. Effectively use the advancement method so that at least 60 percent of the unit’s youth have advanced at least once during the last 12 months.
  6. Cultivate a positive relationship with the chartered organization.
  7. Project a positive image of Scouting in the community.

link-PDFNomination Form 512-003 (BSA Official)

Sea Scout Leadership Award

sea-scout-leadership-award-medalsThe Sea Scout Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Sea Scouts and adult Leaders who have made exceptional contributions to the Sea Scout program.

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More Award Information is available at http://www.scouting.org/Home/Awards_Central.aspx