Aven Alexander
National Boatswain 2020-2021

It’s time to apply for National Boatswain for the 2021-2022 term – taking office at BSA’s National Annual Meeting for a one year term starting June 1st, 2021.

From the moment I first participated in Sea Scouts, I knew that this program was like no other. From participating in ship activities to getting out on the water every component was like nothing I had ever experienced before. One of the most important, unique aspects of Scouting is that we are a youth led organization. As a youth, leading our program is a valuable experience and opportunity that each Sea Scout should take advantage of. 

Within a few months of joining the program, I applied for Area Boatswain because of an adult mentor’s encouragement. After the application process and my first ever interview, I found out that I was not selected for the position. Although I was disappointed, I was so glad that I applied because I gained the experience of having a professional interview and submitting a resume as a teenager. Instead of serving on the Area level, I spent that term putting effort and leadership into my own ship. The next year, I applied for Area Boatswain again and was selected to be an Area Boatswain for the 2019-2020 term. With high aspirations, I applied for the position of National Boatswain for the 2020-2021 term. 

Along with applying for leadership positions, I continued to apply myself in other aspects of Sea Scouts. I earned the rank of Quartermaster, one of my most prized accomplishments. I took a flight from Texas to Seattle, Washington, to attend S.E.A.L. (Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training).  I strongly encourage all Sea Scouts to participate in S.E.A.L. This highly intense leadership experience is like nothing else and graduating from the course was one of the best days in my whole scouting career. I also joined Scouts BSA and am earning the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Serving in any leadership position in Sea Scouts, anywhere from your ship to National Quarterdeck, is one of the best opportunities for youth. There are many benefits that make my  position as National Boatswain an honor.  Learning time management, participating in program growth, and working with other Sea Scouts from across the country are just a few of them. Nothing has prepared me for college and what lies after more than my time invested in practicing leadership. 

I urge any youth who are passionate about our program, want a new challenge, or long to make a difference to apply for a leadership position. You do not need every award or accomplishment on your resume; just a vision for how you would like to change Sea Scouts for the better.

Aven Alexander
National Boatswain 2019-2020

Please note: using this form to upload your application will require logging in with a Google account – if you don’t have one, just create one, it’s free. If you have any questions about the process or issues using the upload form, contact twcook at seascout.org.