Sea Scouts: Then and Now
History of Sea Scouts
Sea Scouting had its beginning at a camp fire in England when Lord Baden-Powell voiced the hope that older Scouts would be interested in learning about boat management and seamanship. He stressed the need for young men to prepare themselves for service on their country's ships. The Sea Scouts in America were founded in 1912 to give youths a chance to experience the joys of sailing.
In 1949, Sea Scouts was officially changed to Sea Explorers, with the expansion of the Explorer program within Boy Scouts, and in 1972, officially became co-ed. In 1998, the Boy Scouts of America reorganized the Exploring program into the Learning for Life Exploring program and the new Venturing Division. Sea Exploring was placed in the Venturing Division and was renamed Sea Scouts.
Sea Scouts Currently
Sea Scouting is a program for boys and girls 13–21 years of age, designed to teach leadership and responsibility through a boating program. The Sea Scouts started in 1912. While it has changed over the years, it continues to uphold the traditions of the sea under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Venturing Program.
Sea Scouting includes a rigorous advancement program that leads our youth through the skills necessary to be a very competent sailor and mature leader. In fact, recipients of the Quartermaster Award, Sea Scouting's highest rank, can qualify for a higher entry enlisted rank and pay scale if they later join the U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard. The Quartermaster rank is equivalent to the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout rank but is less well known due to the smaller number of Sea Scout Ships in existence.