Join Sea Scouts
Do you love the water? Do you dream of sailing the Caribbean, paddling the boundary waters, swimming amongst the activity in a coral reef, sailing the open waters, racing a small sailboat, wakeboarding behind a 235hp jet boat? Do you think about a career in marine biology, driving a cruise ship, saving lives with the Coast Guard, or working in the multi-billion dollar maritime shipping industry? Then Sea Scouts is for you!
There are three easy steps. And you may be surprised – Sea Scouting is often less expensive than other Scouting programs. This is a high-speed, high-adventure program for the 21st Century.
1. Find a Ship
- You can visit beascout.org and with just a zipcode – find the nearest ships to your home.
- You can look at a list of all the Ships in the Washington Metro Area.
- If there’s no ship near you – help us start a new ship! It’s not nearly as hard as you think and we support you every step of the way. Not everyone gets be a “plank owner” (founder) of a new scout unit! (And there are special awards for your Skipper!)
2. Get your gear
Sea Scout uniforms are available online. Five easy parts to looking like a sailor.
- Uniform Shirt (Pick one) Source: SG Trading Post. Your unit can help you with the Council and Unit patches. These shirts come pre-sewn with the key patches.
- Uniform Pants – Source: Amazon (We recommend Amazon because of the return policy. Select “Dark Navy” to match your shirt.)
- Belt – ScoutShop.org
- Cap – SG Trading Post Sea Scout Shop
- Neckerchief or Tarflap Source: ScoutShop.org (Pick one) Please note that neckerchiefs are for adults and youth, tarflaps are ONLY for youth. Consult your ship BEFORE you buy as the youth selection is at the discretion of the local Ship.
Now put it all together! – Uniform “Assembly”
A few notes on uniforms.
- Female scouts may want to consider a men’s uniform shirt. Some units have found the smaller sleeves on the women’s shirt limit the ability to place additional awards or recognitions.
- Neckerchiefs OR Tarflaps are allowed youth. But one or the other. Ships decide which one they prefer. They are optional but encouraged for ceremonies or other dressier occasions.
- Please remember – uniforms are a “method” of scouting and support program. Encourage youth to do their best, but a misplaced patch is not the end of the world.
3. Go have fun!
To quote a famous yacht company – “The world is your oyster” – and who knows what pearls you’ll find!