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Best Practice Library

This library of Best Practices highlights what is working well for ships and Councils across the country. The purpose of the library is to share resources that others will find helpful in growing the Sea Scout Program in their area. If you have a best practice, submit it to us at

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Best Practice - Bilingual Seabadge

On November 9-10 2019 Seabadge 51-NJ-2019 was held at Sts. Joseph and Michael Parish in Union City NJ.

It was the first bi-lingual course with Spanish speaking staff and participants. It was the first Catholic Seabadge course and it was the first course to be offered in an area primarily served by Metrolife (Scoutreach) Scouting. The course did not require overnight berthing which allowed the participants to be with their families

The course was led by NER Seabadge Coordinator Noel E. Guzman as Course Director, NER Vice Commodore David N. Tarantino as Course Boatswain and Log Coordinator, Area 2 Commodore Sal Ciampo as Alpha Crew Leader, NNJC Senior District Executive Joel Lieberman as Bravo Crew Leader, Area 5 Commodore Ann Newman and experienced Seabadge staffer Deidre Buchner as visiting instructors.

Fr. Aro Nathan the Chaplain of Ship 1908 SSS Rising Phoenix was on hand to bless the flags and participants at the beginning of the course. Fr. Nathan as well as Fr. Timothy Tighe offered Mass for the participants of the course on Saturday evening. During the mass everyone who was participating was a Sea Scout Leader from the Cantor to the Eucharistic Ministers, from the Priest to the Sacristan. Our course chaplain aides were on hand to present the gifts during mass.

All participants and staff were registered Sea Scout Leaders! We also had quite a few leaders who have just started a Ship attend the course! We had a huge showing of support from the community of Union City with all of the food being donated by Council Vice Commodore Marc A. Tarantino and his wife Skipper Emeritus Linda Tarantino as well as Ship 1908 Commissioner Lois A. Leggiero. Members of the parish community were on hand throughout the weekend to help with opening up the parish school for us to use as well as making coffee and setting up food for us. All in all SB-51-NJ-2019 was a tremendous success of a course and we are looking forward to seeing our participants receive their Seabadge Pins!

Watch the highlights here.

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Best Practices for Sea Scout Recruiting

Record on April 2, 2019. Webinar topics included best practices on Peer to Peer Recruiting; How to Plan an Open House; How to Draft Press Releases for Location Publications; Promoting Sea Scout Open Houses to within your Council, Community, and on Social Media Promotion; Creating Targeted Facebook Campaigns; and School Access for Recruiting.

Best Practices for Council Commodores

Slidedeck from the webinar "Best Practices for Sea Scout Commodores," presented on February 12, 2019.


Best Practice 10- Water Safety Weekend

Ship 410 of Texas developed a Water Safety Weekend to promote water safety and the Sea Scout program, all under Sea Scout youth leadership.

How to Build a Knot Board

Sea Scouts from the Mariners in Dana Point, California, built new Knot Boards for training and community events. The attached plans outline how to build one of these knot boards and the materials needed.

Best Practice 09- Landship in a Bag

Ship 911 shares a set of plans for a 'landship in a bag' which will fit in the trunk of a small car.

Best Practice 08- Knot Boards (video)
Sea Scouts from the Mariners in Dana Point, Ship 936, share their experience on building new knot boards for their Ship.


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