MISSION OF THE BSA The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law
THE VENTURING OATH As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and, to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world .
As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our Trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people. I will, therefore be faithful in my religious duties and will Maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do al I can to Preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and Will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life. I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world. VENTURING CODE
SEA PROMISE <ul><li>As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best: </li></ul><ul><li>To guard against water accidents </li></ul><ul><li>To know the location and proper use of the </li></ul><ul><li>lifesaving devices on every boat I board </li></ul><ul><li>To prepare to render aid to those in need </li></ul><ul><li>To seek to preserve the motto of the sea: </li></ul><ul><li>Women and Children First. </li></ul>
WHAT IS SEA SCOUTING? Sea Scouting is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are at least 14 years old (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Local community organizations establish a Sea Scout Ship by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
SEA SCOUT UNIFORM It is recommended that your ship use a uniform in either the Coast Guard or Navy style. Whatever is chosen should be worn by all members and leaders. Sea Scout uniforms come in two classes – dress uniforms (blue and white) and work uniforms (winter and summer). More information on uniforms may be found in the Sea Scout Manual .
SEA SCOUT SHIP The Sea Scout ship is a youth-led organization that recruits members, elects officers, and plans programs based on the chartered organizations program inventory. Adult advisors provide training and guidance for the ship’s elected officers.
CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS Support their ship by: <ul><li>Conducting a program inventory of adults willing to provide program help with careers, skills, facilities and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing adult leaders who organize the inventory and serve as advisors to the ship’s elected youth leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing meeting facilities </li></ul>
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA The Boy Scouts of America recruits adult volunteers and assigns staff members to provide the following services for Sea Scout chartered organization’s ships .
<ul><li>Leadership training for adult leaders and elected officers </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance on how to organize a ship and keep the program going successfully </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for recruiting Sea Scouts, including an interest survey of local high school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular communication with each ship to provide program support </li></ul>BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA COMMITMENT
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA COMMITMENT <ul><li>Use of council facilities, such as camps and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Sea Scout activities that enrich the ship’s program </li></ul><ul><li>Liability insurance coverage </li></ul>
METHODS OF SEA SCOUTING <ul><li>Voluntary association between youth and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Group activity </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic Process </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Scouting is about curiosity, exploration and adventure </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Develop better Understanding of America’s social, economic, and governmental systems </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage a pride in our American heritage </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Instilling stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Developing skill in dealing with all people and encouraging a sense of family and community responsibility </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Developing leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing to give leadership and fulfill our responsibilities to American society and to the people of the world </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Developing a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and appreciating the wise use of resources and the protection of our environment. </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Encouraging the skill and the desire to help others </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING EXPERIENCE AREAS <ul><li>Improving mental, emotional, and physical fitness and an appreciation for sports </li></ul><ul><li>Developing ethical decision making skills </li></ul>
SKIPPER’S RESPONSIBILITIES The Skipper’s responsibilities include: <ul><li>Fostering a sense of community within the ship </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the youth to lead, plan, make decisions, and carry out a long term program of activities </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage participation and support for your ship </li></ul><ul><li>Uphold standards and policies of sponsoring organization and the Boy Scouts of America </li></ul>
SKIPPER’S RESPONSIBILITIES <ul><li>Protect young people in your Sea Scout ship from abuse and neglect and upholding the standards of the Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection emphasis </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure the activities are conducted within safety guidelines and requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate the Sea Scouting spirit within your ship </li></ul>
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ISSUES Important development issues facing Sea Scouts <ul><li>Experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Movement from dependence to interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>Social Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Physiological changes and sexual maturity </li></ul><ul><li>Reevaluation of values </li></ul>
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT Teenagers deal with opposing emotions: <ul><li>They fear and crave independence </li></ul><ul><li>They face a constant struggle for power and independence </li></ul><ul><li>They want to be unique, but are affected by peer pressure </li></ul>
PROTECTING OUR YOUTH Guide to Safe Scouting <ul><li>Leadership requirements for trips and outings </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Swim Defense </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Afloat </li></ul><ul><li>SCUBA </li></ul><ul><li>Camping </li></ul><ul><li>Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco use and abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Guns and Firearms </li></ul><ul><li>Cave Exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Climbing and Rappelling </li></ul><ul><li>Unauthorized and Restricted Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Information </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Tour Permits </li></ul>
YOUTH PROTECTION “ Youth Protection Guidelines” in the Venturing Leader Manual lists several considerations that the Sea Scout leader must remember
YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDELINES FOR ADULT LEADERS <ul><li>Two deep leadership at all meetings (2 adults) </li></ul><ul><li>No one-on-one contact with Sea Scouts (other Sea Scouts or adult leaders must be present) </li></ul><ul><li>Respect privacy of the Sea Scouts </li></ul><ul><li>Separate accommodations for adult leaders and Sea Scouts and for males and females on overnight trips </li></ul><ul><li>Parental permission for overnight activities </li></ul>
YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDELINES FOR ADULT LEADERS <ul><li>Ensure proper preparation for activities, especially those with safety risks </li></ul><ul><li>Secret organizations are not permitted </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate standards for attire should be upheld </li></ul><ul><li>Hazing and initiation activities are prohibited </li></ul><ul><li>Proper training, supervision, and monitoring of officers is necessary </li></ul>
LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION The key to success of a Sea Scout ship is informed, enthusiastic leaders, trained youth officers, and an exciting program of interest.
SHIP ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP When an organization agrees to be a chartered organization in Sea Scouting, it agrees to recruit adult leaders; a Skipper, one or more Mates, and a crew committee chairperson. These leaders must be adult men and women at least 21 years of age, who will guide the ship.
SHIP COMMITTEE <ul><li>The ship committee </li></ul><ul><li>recruits the Skipper and Mates </li></ul><ul><li>maintains the program capability inventory </li></ul><ul><li>approves the ship program and obtains equipment and other resources </li></ul><ul><li>helps with fundraising and financial management </li></ul><ul><li>The committee usually meets monthly </li></ul>
CONSULTANT Consultants are used to provide technical expertise to the program activities being planned by the Sea Scout activity committees. They may be one-time-only participants and are often identified by the PCI.
SKIPPERS ARE THE KEY The Skippers are the key to the success of the ship. They must match the interest of the Sea Scouts with the program resources of the chartered organization This is achieved by training the ship officers to lead their ship and by planning a relevant program guided by the adult leaders and crew committee.
SEA SCOUT A Sea Scout is a young man or women who has completed the eight grade and is at least 14 years of age but not yet 21. He or she pays an annual registration fee, subscribes to the Sea Scout Oath and Code, attends regular meetings, and is a registered member of a chartered Sea Scout ship
ELECTED SHIP OFFICERS These Sea Scouts are responsible for coordinating the process of planning and implementing their ship program The Sea Scout Manual has more complete job descriptions for the officers and adult leaders.
ACTIVITY CHAIRS Activity chairs and committees are appointed from the ships membership to carry out specific program activities. This ensures that all Sea Scouts are involved in bringing about their ships program .
ADULT - SEA SCOUT TEAMS The elected Sea Scout officers work hand-in-hand with the adult Skippers, Mates and committee members. Activity Chairs work with adult consultants (from ship committee, parents or other qualified adults) Cooperation and teamwork between adults and young adults are essential to the success of Sea Scouting
OFFICERS’ BRIEFING As soon as possible after their election conduct an Officers’ Briefing. This is the first step in getting a trained, competent group of officers. (A sample agenda may be found in the Sea Scout Manual ) The briefing is the time to establish the climate and values that you think are important, like the emphasis on being in a partnership with the officers, enthusiasm and fun, trust and responsibility
SHIP QUARTERDECK SEMINAR Shortly after the Officers’ Briefing the Skipper and outgoing officers conduct a Quarterdeck Seminar for the newly elected officers. This is usually done on a Saturday or over a whole weekend. This seminar includes: Leadership skills training Crew operations training Crew program scheduling for the upcoming year An outline for the seminar may be found in the Sea Scout Manual .
VENTURING LEADERSHIP SKILLS COURSE The Venturing Leadership skills Course, NO. 34340 was produced to help teach young adults the attitudes and skills that good leaders demonstrate. It is designed to be taught to all Sea Scouts in the ship. It is recommended that the ship Skipper and officers conduct the course in an outdoor retreat setting. This course is required for the Silver Award.
REFLECTION We can make our experiences more meaningful and effective is we reflect on them. In Sea Scouting, reflection is simply the process of the Sea Scouts talking about their experience immediately afterward. Reflection provides an opportunity for everyone to have input into what happened.
REFLECTION - STEPS <ul><li>Reflection is best accomplished by asking open-ended questions such as “what”, “How”, “when” and “why”. There are no right or wrong answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions about what happened </li></ul><ul><li>Questions about how we can improve </li></ul><ul><li>Questions about setting new goals </li></ul>
STATUS RECOGNITION ACHIEVEMENT BELONGING Youth experts tell us that the healthy progression of a young person into adult life follows the B.A.R.S. staircase shown above. B.A.R.S.
B.A.R.S. Young people must feel a sense of belonging to the group (Sea Scout ship). In the ship they should be given opportunities to achieve something meaningful. The Venturing and Sea Scouting advancement programs help fulfill the recognition and status portions of the B.A.R.S. staircase .
VENTURING ADVANCEMENT Silver Award Gold Award Bronze Awards Quartermaster Award Ranger Award
<ul><li>Gold Award (by 21st birthday) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tenure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in council/district events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead Crew Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recite Venturing Oath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written presentation and interview </li></ul></ul>VENTURING AWARDS
VENTURING AWARDS <ul><li>SILVER AWARD (by 21st birthday) </li></ul><ul><li>Earn one Bronze Award </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills Course and Officer Service </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics in Action </li></ul><ul><li>Earn Gold Award </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications </li></ul>
The Quartermaster Award is the highest award a Sea scout can earn. Prior to earning the Quartermaster Award a Sea Scout must progress through Apprentice, Ordinary and Able Ranks Requirements for these ranks and the Venturing Awards may be found in The Sea Scout Manual , No. 33239B.
FOUR LEVELS OF LEARNING Level 1 – You Read it Level 2 – It is Taught to You Level 3 – You Experience it Level 4 – You Teach it to someone else Studies show that we retain 85% when we teach a principle or skill to someone else. Sea Scouting advancement requires level 4
CONSULTANTS PLAY A KEY ROLE Skippers should seek help from local experts in the many hobbies and skills referred to in the the Sea Scouting advancement program Remember consultants will need to follow the youth protection guidelines and health and safety guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.
BRIDGE OF REVIEW Young men working on Star, Life or Eagle Palms may be reviewed by either their troop or ship. The bridge of review should be composed of three to six members of the troop or ship committee and quarterdeck. Young men may continue with the ranks of Star, Life or Eagle as a Sea Scout if they have completed the First Class progress award in a troop. The Eagle and Quartermaster bridge of review follow the procedure established by the local council.
SHIP REVIEWS Ship bridges of review are required for Sea Scouts working on the Venturing Gold and Silver awards and Sea Scouting Apprentice, Ordinary and Able ranks. After the Sea Scout has completed all other requirements, the ship Boatswain and Skipper appoint a review committee of four to six people including Sea Scouts and adults. This committee reviews the growth of the Sea Scout All Sea Scouting advancement should be reported on the standard BSA Advancement Report form.
VENTURING ADVISOR AWARD OF MERIT This award is based on training, quality program, youth leadership development, youth retention and success with Venturing. The Skipper must be nominated by the ship Boatswain and the adult committee chair. (This award uses the Scoutmaster Award of Merit square knot with a Venturing pin device, No. 00940 attached.)
PROGRAM PLANNING Young adults join Sea Scouting for the program of the Sea Scouting Ship. The Sea Scouts, using resources from the chartered organization and other sources, along with the skills of adult leaders and consultants, develop a program.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Program Capability Inventory (PCI) The PCI is conducted by the ship committee and adult leaders. Every adult (or Sea Scout) who can help the ship is surveyed as to their profession, hobbies, contacts, equipment access and skills. This inventory forms the basic resource pool for ship activities
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Venturing Activity Interest Survey This questionnaire is taken by the Sea Scouts. It provides information on what activities the Sea Scouts are interested in doing. The survey should contain possible activities over all of the program emphasis areas.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Brainstorm After surveying the Sea Scouts on their interests you should brainstorm additional activity topics. This brainstorming should include the entire ship membership. (See the “How to Brainstorm” in the Venture Leaders’ Manual .)
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Match activity interests with resources Match the activity interests with the resources on your PCI. Where a match exist you have a potential program. The ship committee will need to recruit or acquire other resources for the remainder of the Sea Scout activity interests.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Fill in the gaps The ship officers might feel that other activities should be included to better balance the ship program. These might include other Sea Scouting activities, other activities for your chartered organization, standing ship activities, training sessions, annual recruiting open house, etc.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Schedule the Activities List each activity selected on your ship calendar. You will need to schedule two ship meetings, a quarterdeck meeting, and one other activity each month. Remember to backdate major activities such as your big superactivity for the year. Watch out for date conflicts. This program scheduling is done at the Quarterdeck Seminar.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Select Sea Scout Activity Chairs and Adult Consultants An interested and capable Sea Scout is appointed to serve as chair for each activity and is assisted by an adult consultant from the PCI who has knowledge about the particular activity. This team manages the planning, development and execution of the activity.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS Follow-up is vital! Assume nothing. At your monthly quarterdeck and ship committee meetings check on the status of the program development.
PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS <ul><li>Program Capability Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Venturing Activity Interest Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Match Activity Interests With Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in the Gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule the Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Select Activity Chairs and Consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>
OPEN HOUSE Each year to recruit new Sea Scouts to your ship, you will want to conduct an open house program. This meeting is devoted to showing your ship to prospective members and getting them to join. Young adults are invited by letter or personal invitation. Remember the council often does interest surveys of high schools in your area. The open house should be held early in the fall. The Sea Scout Manual has detailed information for conducting the Open House.
SUPERACTIVITY The highlight of your ship's program year will be a Superactivity , a major project or trip requiring extensive planning and preparation. It serves as the long range goal to retain members interest and will generate publicity and interest in your crew. The Sea Scout Manual contains a how-to guide for planning a Superactivity
FORMS - FORMS - FORMS Your program activities will require the use of several forms. <ul><li>Parents permission slip (overnight activities) </li></ul><ul><li>Boy Scouts of America Money Earning Application </li></ul><ul><li>Boy Scouts of America Local and National Tour Permits </li></ul>(Other permits as activity situation dictates) <ul><li>Flying Permit Application </li></ul><ul><li>Adult and Youth Registration Forms </li></ul>
SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES & HELPS <ul><li>Ethics forums and controversies </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Scouting activities </li></ul><ul><li>Other Sea Scout ships and Venturing crews </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Scouting/Venturing Literature </li></ul>Sea Scout Manual Venturing Leader Manual Venturing Reference Guide Guide to Safe Scouting Venturer Handbook
The Venturing Leader Manual contains information on the Venturing achievement program and the Youth Protection Guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.
The reference guide to running safe Sea Scout activities, include information on restricted activities
VENTURING AWARDS LEADERSHIP AWARD Presented by Councils/Regions and National Council to Sea Scouts, Venturers and adults who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing ADVISOR AWARD of MERIT Recognizes Ship Skippers and Crew Advisors for outstanding ability to work with youth. Skippers are Nominated by ship boatswain and adult committee chairman
VENTURING TRAINING <ul><li>Venturing Adult Leader Basic </li></ul><ul><li>Ship Quarterdeck Seminar </li></ul><ul><li>Yearly Venturing Program Planning Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Advisors’/Wardroom Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Venturer Leadership Skills Development Course </li></ul><ul><li>Venturing Leader Powder Horn Training </li></ul><ul><li>SEABADGE </li></ul><ul><li>SEAL </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Scout Officers Specialized Training </li></ul>
SEA SCOUTING/ VENTURING INFORMATION Additional information on the Venturing and Sea Scouting programs may be found on the National Boy Scouts of America and National Sea Scouting web sites: bsa.scouting.org www.seascout.org