About Sea Scouts

Sam Houston Area Council, SHAC, is home of the SHAC Fleet, the largest council fleet in the United States with 21 ships.  Youth in these ships sail, row, canoe, keep boats in shape, cruise the local waters of Galveston Bay or sail on long cruises far from home. Some SCUBA dive, but all are active in camping, social events, regattas and annual seamanship contests or rendezvous.      

Each ship has a unique program designed and implemented by its youth members. Some ships only sail small boats such as Lasers and Sunfish, others sail catamarans or cruise in sailing sloops ranging from 22 to 33 feet, and some sail competitively. Some ships focus on aquatics, but most of our ships do it all.  Basically, if it is an activity about, on, in, under or through the water, Sea Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council are involved. You can experience the thrills of a lifetime.  Join a Sea Scout Ship, and let the world know you are ready to. . .Join the Fun!

Sea Scouts is a youth development program for young men and women 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and graduated from 8th grade) through 20 years old with a special interest in aquatic activities. Sea Scouts provides positive experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and caring adults. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development, citizenship, and physical fitness. Through positive peer group interaction and adult mentoring, youth also learn honesty, responsibility, and respect.

Sea Scouts Academy

January 14-16, 2017

Sea Scout Academy is a regional Sea Scout learning experience directly related to Sea Scouts advancement and the development of youth leadership. Youth may choose from one of seven tracks of study. Youth are taught advancement skills such as radio procedures, rules of the road and navigation. Regardless of the track a youth pursues, all participants spend time sailing and applying their skills. The registration deadline is January 4, 2017.

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Sea Scout Contingent at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree

July 19-28, 2017

Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.

jamboree-staffThe National Sea Scout committee is exploring the possibility of forming an all Sea Scout contingent. That means you are a participant at the jamboree. This is a coed Sea Scout contingent ages 14 up to 21. The approximate cost is $1,500.

The dates: arrive in Washington, DC July 17th for pre jamboree gathering. Arrive at Jamboree July 19th and leave on July 28th. (Arrival and departure dates may change). Please contact jamboree2017@seascout.org. No later than January 31, 2017, with your interest. If you are 16 or over and would rather serve on the staff at the Sea Scout exhibit please contact jamboree2017@seascout.org about those opportunities.

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National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni

The Sea Scout National Committee, in conjunction with Scouting Alumni Association, has been working to create this alumni affinity group, and so the National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni (NOSSA) was born.  The mission of NOSSA is serve those previously involved in Sea Scouts, who still believe in the program, and provide ways for them to stay informed and involved. Does your ship have a yearly alumni sail?  Let NOSSA know!  Other ships may want to do the same and want some advice on how to start. 

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Sea Scouts Manual

The Sea Scout Manual (2016) is available online. Personal copies can be purchased online or at one of our local Scout Shops.



SHAC Fleet Meetings

SHAC Fleet Meetings are an opportunity for Skippers and interested adult leaders gather to on the third Wednesday of each month at the Cockrell Scout Center to discuss program, upcoming events, and training for youth and adults. This is a networking and sharing opportunity. Non-Sea Scout leaders who are interested in joint activities or in starting a ship are welcome to attend.

November 2016 Meeting Minutes             Archive of Meeting Minutes

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training Available Online 

The National Sea Scout Service Committee is rolling out the Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training – new and improved! Three of the six total modules are available online now, with the final three modules soon to follow. Training will continue to be offered by trainers around the country, but the online course gives flexibility to our leaders to get trained on their time.

Each module includes an animated tutorial, interactive activities and a short quiz to test the Sea Scouters new knowledge. Head over to the 3 modules and see for yourself below:

Note: the online training does not count toward the required adult leader basic training. The new SSALBT syllabus and presentation will soon be available for traditional courses. 

Unit Leader Award of Merit

Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout retention. Statistics show that if young people stay engaged in the program for at least ve years, the BSA’s in uence likely will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders who make that happen.  Skipper has been added to the Unit Leader Award of Merit.

Nomination Form


Safety tip – BSA has produced safety incident reviews that may be helpful in preventing accidents, injuries, and deaths.  Check out this link to find lessons from some real on-the-water incidents.  The cases may send shivers down your spine; but your newfound knowledge may prevent a tragedy at your ship.  

BSA Safety Incident Review            BSA Safe Boating-Sailing Standards

Sail Daze

April 22, 2017 (tentative)

Sail Daze is a day of small boat sailing on Galveston Bay. Participants gather at the Houston Yacht Club, and SHAC ships provide Sunfish, Lasers, catamarans, and other “trailerable” craft for a day of fun.

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Safety At Sea

November 4, 2017

We all know that things can go very wrong at sea, but do you know what to do when bad goes to worse? Safety at Sea is designed to address safety concerns from crew-overboard situations to gear emergencies and even seasickness. The classes are taught by professionals and dedicated volunteers, providing both novice and experienced sailors alike with the information and skills needed for sailing preparedness. The training is being held at Coast Guard Base Galveston.

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