About Sea Scouts
This is the official Sea Scouts website of the Sam Houston Area Council, the largest council fleet in the United States. 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, and let the world know you are ready to join the fun!
Join a Sea Scout Ship Learn More About Sea Scouts
September 8-10, 2017
Minto Rendezvous is an annual regional event where Sea Scouts test their knowledge and skills. The competition includes over 20 events that test a ship’s teamwork, training and preparation in a variety of nautical-related events. Some events such as navigation, first aid, knot tying relays and marlin spike require study and practice. Other events like blindfold canoe race and no paddle canoe race require luck and laughter to run the course. Ships from all across Texas and Oklahoma look forward to the fun and fellowship. The highlight of the weekend is the annual Flotsam Flotilla race of homemade vessels made from a variety of materials. The event is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).
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Safety At Sea
October 28, 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.
Sea Scout Academy
January 12-14, 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. Each track has 16 hours of instruction and application of skills required for specific ranks. Regardless of the track a youth pursues, all participants spend time sailing and applying their skills. The academy is being held at Coast Guard Base Galveston (1 Ferry Road, Galveston, TX 77550).
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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.
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 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.
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 three 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 five years, the BSA’s influence 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.
Safety tip – BSA has produced safety incident reviews that may be helpful in preventing accidents and injuries. 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