Cassidy Christian – 2021-2022 National Boatswain

It’s time to apply for National Boatswain for the 2022-2023 term – taking office at BSA’s National Annual Meeting for a one year term starting June 1st, 2022.

The opportunities in Sea Scouts are absolutely limitless. When I first joined Sea Scouts, I had no idea what would be in store. You can be a Sea Scout from coast to coast and even in the middle of the country. From my landlocked Colorado, I have had the opportunity to explore everything that Sea Scouts has available. From sailing in San Francisco Bay during SEAL Training, to climbing the 100 foot masts on the USCG Barque Eagle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to having a Quartermaster Bridge of Review with National Commodore TW Cook and Chief Scout Executive Roger Mosby, Sea Scouts can give youth so many experiences that no other program can truly offer. 

Leading the National Quarterdeck this year has been a true honor. This is the first year that the National Quarterdeck included 16 Territory Boatswains and four National Quarterdeck Subcommittees. We invested a lot of time to create the goals, expectations, and foundation to make this new structure become a reality. Territories have proven to be a great success in the short term and will continue to be sustainable for years to come. With this transition, there are so many more ways to grow your leadership skills with Sea Scouts. If you are unsure which Territory your Ship and Council are a part of, this link is the best resource.

I encourage all youth who are passionate about the Sea Scout program, interested in creating goals, and investing the time it takes to achieve them to apply for National and Territory Boatswain. The professional development and high expectations are transformative. Regardless of your next steps or plans for high school, military, college, or joining the workforce, serving in any leadership position in Sea Scouts from your local Ship to the National Quarterdeck prepares you to be successful. If you would like some more experience to help prepare for a higher office a year or two down the line, please email boatswain@seascout.org and ask about being a part of a National Quarterdeck Subcommittee. 

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. Don’t leave anything on the table that might make you think “What if?”

Cassidy Christian
National Boatswain 2021-202
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P.S. Here are some helpful resources: Tips and Tricks for those applying for Boatswain, the BSA Talent Release form, and the National Quarterdeck Code of Conduct.

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.