Jewell Norris – 2022-2023 National Boatswain

It’s time to apply to be a National Quarterdeck Officers for the 2023-2024 term – taking office at BSA’s National Annual Meeting for a one-year term starting June 1, 2023.

As a National Quarterdeck officer, you will serve as the voice and action of Sea Scouts from around the nation. You will work with a team of youth officers and adult advisors to suggest and support programmatic change. NQD Officers will serve a term of one year, from June 1st to May 31st of the next year.

“Running for the NQD is an opportunity to gain an unparalleled leadership experience that will grow you both personally and professionally regardless of the outcome. The skills I have learned as Territory and National Boatswain will continue to support me for years to come. I highly recommended to anyone who is thinking about applying, to just do it. The skills, friends, and experiences you will gain, you can’t find anywhere else!”

Jewell Norris
2022-2023 National Boatswain

To apply for a position, please fill out and submit the NQD officer application form (including your resume and letters of recommendation), talent release, and code of conduct. Submit all materials to the submission link below. (In addition, please email the letters of recommendation to: All NQD Officers must attend a mandatory orientation (typically at the end of May).

2023 Application

Talent Release

Code of Conduct


Applications for NQD positions must be submitted to the submission link by 11:59 p.m. CT on the dates listed below.

National Boatswain: March 15th, 2023

National Boatswain’s Mate: Last Day of March

National Quarterdeck: Last Day of March

Tips and Tricks

If you don’t know where to start, here are some helpful resources for those applying for the NQD.

Tips and Tricks

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