The most important part of any ship’s program is the annual long cruise. If you have not begun planning for this summer’s cruise, read on to see what resources are available to you.
Long Cruise Planning Resources
The Passport to Adventure Long Cruise Guide is the one stop shop for any ship to plan and execute a successful cruise. Its eight chapters are packed with topics including Before You Go; Who Will Go; Trip Planning; Travel, Budget, and Insurance; Promotion and Preparation; Equipment; Underway Procedures; Sail Safely; and Wrapping up Your Long Cruise.
Two online training modules for planning and executing successful cruises are available in the BSA LearnCenter, which is part of My.Scouting Tools.
Provisional Cruise Opportunities
Sea Scout Ships that are new, landlocked or looking to cruise in a new area can find a cruise at seascout.org/cruising. A map of cruising locations and a calendar of planned cruises is available. If your unit has open space on your summer cruse, consider listing it so others can join.
Specialty Cruise Opportunities
Every summer the a handful of scouts embark on SEAL training or cruise aboard the USCG Eagle. SEAL is a week long, on the water, leadership development course that is being offered in five locations this summer. More information is available at seascout.org/seal. If a scout is interested in a career in maritime service, they should consider applying to sail alongside U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets on The Eagle, a three-masted barque-rigged ship. More information is available at seascout.org/news/sail-aboard-the-uscg-eagle.
2020 Sea Base Opportunity
With the generous support of a Sea Scout leader, we have secured two Florida Sea Base sailing vessels each summer, beginning in 2020, without having to participate in the lottery and commit two years in advance.
Ideally, we are looking for two Sea Scout Ships, consisting of six Sea Scouts and two adult leaders each, who want to book their 2020 Summer Cruise at the Florida Sea Base, and sail the Lower Florida Keys, including Key West, and the Marquesas. Once registered, they will raise their funds, pay their deposits and fees. The cost and additional information is available at bsaseabase.org/Adventures. Interested Ships should contact contact Janice Downey at email@example.com.