Sea Scouts BSA

Welcome Aboard!

This New Leader Resource was developed to jumpstart your volunteer experience.
Welcome Aboard!

This page was designed with you, a new ship leader, in mind. You will find all the resources needed to jump start your journey as a volunteer.

Youth Protection Training

New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins. You can take this training at

Fast Start Training

Before doing anything else, take the online Fast Start Training and consider taking Sea scout Adult Leader Basic Training. Both of these programs were designed to introduce new leaders to the Sea Scout program.

New Unit (Ship) Organization Kit

This page is tailored to any new leader, the New Ship Organization Kit is an additional resource that builds on this page to assist volunteers in starting a new unit (Ship).

Sea Scout Manual

The 2016 Edition of the Sea Scout Manual features updated Advancement Requirements and Electives, the new Paddlesports program, updated Ship Organization and Uniform Requirements, improved Safety and Seamanship resources, and more. Download a copy from the Manual Resource Center or purchase one here.

Skipper's Manual

Currently In development. 

Sea Scouts for Scoutmasters

If you are an experienced Boy Scout leader but new to Sea Scouts, this document explains Sea Scouts in terms familiar to you, and will help you get off to a great start in Sea Scouting.

Sea Scouts for Scoutmasters 

Sea Scouts for Scoutmasters Video (31m)

Regional Support

No matter where your ship is located, a team of experienced Sea Scout volunteers is willing to help you.

Program Toolbox

Program is what makes a successful ship! The program toolbox contains resourses such as cruise planning guides, advancement plans, sample activites and seamanship tools.

Ship Management Resource Center

From insurance to planning resourses, discount purchasing options to ships bylaws, this Resource Center is meant to make manageing your Ship eaiser so you can focus on a quality program.

Marketing Toolbox

This toolbox contains all sorts of materials to get your marketing efforts kicked off. These include logos, stock images, videos, open house templates, posters, fliers, and more.


Sea Scouting is connected to the boating community like no other youth serving organization. Our partners include the US Power Squadrons, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Canoe Association, BoatUS, and Build to Teach. Learn about our partners and the various agreements you can take advantage of. 

Monthly Updates

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