IRVING TX- The National Sea Scout Committee has concluded a three year process to revise the Sea Scout Advancement Requirements. The most significant change was the inclusion of paddle sports into the advancement program. Wherever there was an on the water requirement, a paddle sports option was added to allow inland ships to participate in the advancement program with ease.
Another major change, and the most noticeable change was made to the elective requirements. Individual rank electives were eliminated. Instead, a Scout can choose an appropriate level elective from a larger pool. A Scout working on Ordinary will choose any three electives, Able will choose any four additional electives level 2 or higher, and a Quartermaster will choose any four additional electives from level 3 only. Electives are available in Leadership, Duty to God, Sailing, Paddling, Vessels, Racing, Engines, Vessel Maintenance, Specialty Proficiency, Ornamental Ropework, Maritime Tradition, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and United States Power Squadrons. There is something for every Scout no matter what path they choose to follow!
Any Scout can begin working on these new requirements immediately. If a Sea Scout is already working on a rank, they have until of May 2017 to complete a rank under old requirements. Old advancement requirements must be retired by May of 2017.
Special thanks to Cassie Johnson and the Program Content Subcommittee for their hardwork and dedication on this project.