Now is the time for all ships to take stock of their past year’s program and document their accomplishments to apply for the annual National Flagship Competition. You will find attached the Annual Sea Scout Flagship Application, the Sea Scout Ship Performance outline, and the Ship’s Performance Scoresheet for the Journey to Excellence Award.

BoatUS, the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, instituted the annual Sea Scout National Flagship Award in honor of the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouts in 2002. Since then, the award has been presented to ships from Texas, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, California, and Oregon.

An application should include the completed scoresheet and a written narrative supplemented by other materials to support the ship’s application. Supporting material can include, but is not limited to, videos, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, letters, etc. Be comprehensive, yet concise and creative. This should all be presented on a thumb drive or CD/DVD, not in a paper format. A ship must meet the minimal national standards in all areas for a calendar year starting January 1 and ending December 31. The application is due to the National Sea Scout Office by March 31, 2016 to be considered for the National Flagship Award. Submit the application on a thumb drive or CD/DVD.