Summer Cruise Opportunities
The National Sea Scout Service Committee recognizes that summer cruises are crucial to the program of a ship and the advancement of each Sea Scout, so they encourage every ship to take at least one long cruise a year in addition to getting on the water at least once a month. The Summer Cruise Task Force has identified opportunities around the country that will allow Sea Scouts to get on the water this summer. If your ship doesn’t have a boat that is a suitable size for your summer cruise, you want to go on a unique cruise, or you need to send just one or two Sea Scouts on a cruise because of timing conflicts, consider some of these provisional options.
Cruise aboard the USCG Barque Eagle
Do you want the adventure of a lifetime? Apply by March 31st each year 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 makes special arrangements with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for select Sea Scouts to join as crew aboard the Eagle during its summer cadet cruises. 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.
SEAL, or Sea Scout Advanced Leadership training, is a week long “at sea” experience that allows a Sea Scout to learn and apply new skills immediately. The SEAL program is designed to teach leadership skills while underway. SEAL is meant to “jump start” the junior leaders of new Ships and to fine tune leaders of experienced ships. It is a physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding hands-on leadership experience. New and experienced Sea Scouts will succeed at SEAL so long as they are willing to learn and work hard at preparation. Learn more and find a course at seascout.org/seal.