Hannah Carter
National Boatswain 2019-2020

It’s time to apply for National Boatswain for the 2020-2021 term – taking office at BSA’s National Annual Meeting for a one year term starting June 1st, 2020.

Since even before I started in Sea Scouts, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in this program. Growing up with an older brother in Sea Scouts was very inspiring; I watched him grow with his shipmates as each of them took on various different leadership positions within our local ship. The bonds between my brother and his shipmates made me realize that not only was Sea Scouts the right place for me to be, but also was a place where I could make a difference.

My first season in Sea Scouting consisted of me trying to learn everything I could about the program from other shipmates and my Sea Scout Manual. I wanted to know the structure of the program and what it truly had to offer. As I continued to advance in rank I ran for leadership positions in my ship such as Crew Leader and Pogey Master. These leadership positions allowed me to feel like I was helping my shipmates by sharing my Sea Scout knowledge and ship skills in order for them to be successful. Sea Scouts was also the center of my social life so I loved being part of the organization.

As much as I loved helping shipmates on my team, I realized that I wanted to make a greater impact on Sea Scouts as a whole. I ran for Regional Boatswain’s mate position as a high school freshman and it influenced me to run keep running for other positions of greater responsibility. After being a Regional Boatswain’s mate for a year, I still knew that I wanted to continue to make an impact on Sea Scouts in the biggest way possible. The next step I took was running for Regional Boatswain, and eventually, National Boatswain. I had really aggressive, but attainable goals for myself and Sea Scouts and I knew these leadership positions were the key to getting those goals accomplished. Along the way, I was also fortunate to attend S.E.A.L., a really challenging, but fantastic leadership program, and sail on the USCG Barque Eagle as a Sea Scout representative. I’ve also been able to sail in two William I. Koch International Sea Scout regattas. I hope to sail in the 2020 regatta, if my college plans permit. The common denominator in all of these positions was filling out the application and having a true desire to make a difference. It all starts with the saying yes to taking on a leadership position and saying you want to be a part of the bigger Sea Scouts program.

In order to run for these Regional and National Leadership positions, you don’t have to have the longest resume or be the best public speaker, but rather have goals for what you want improved in this program. If you are someone who wants to help other people, or help the Sea Scout program grow, I urge you to apply for these positions. We need people who want to make that difference and make our program the best that it can be.

Please download the application now and consider how you can help. Whether you apply for an area, regional, or national position, you’ll meet amazing people from different ships all over the country and have an extraordinary leadership opportunity. Sea Scouts has been the greatest leadership program I’ve been involved in. I urge you to get involved too.

Applications for National Boatwain are due by February 15th, 2020. For Regional Boatswain, your application is due by March 1st, 2020, and for Area Boatswain, by March 15th, 2020. Please download the application form, fill it out and obtain the appropriate signatures, then upload. Please don’t submit your form by email – upload using the form you can access with the button below. You can apply for any combination of National, Regional or Area Boatswain using the same form – there is no need to submit multiple forms.

Hannah Carter
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.