WELCOME ABOARD INTRODUCTIONS AND OPENING CEREMONY SSM APPENDIX K page 356
Customs and Courtesies Sea Scout Salute and Handclasp The Double Salute Piping the side
The Sea Scout Salute and Handclasp Unlike Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts use the traditional military salute with all fingers extended. The salute should be executed smartly from the position of attention. The handclasp is the adult handshake used daily by people as they greet each other. It is given with the right hand in a firm manner that indicates sincerity.
THE DOUBLE SALUTE On all formal and official occasions, Sea Scouts immediately upon stepping aboard a ship, salute first the center of the ship which is the traditional salute to God. They then turn toward the Flagstaff at the stern of the ship and perform the traditional salute to the ensign of our nation. (Note: This is the reverse of the Navy tradition of saluting the ensign first and then the officer of the deck). Upon going ashore or leaving a land ship, each person gives the double salute in reverse, first to the national ensign and then to the mainmast.
Piping the Side Two side boys-ship’s officers, visiting ship’s officers, ship committee members Four side boys-district or council officers Six side boys-officers related to the area or regional office Eight side boys-officers related to the National Council This is the survival of an old custom handed down from European navies. In the side boys of today’s boarding ceremony with the Boatswain and his pipe, we can see what is left of the custom. The following rules should be observed in appointing side boys:
Old Chinese Proverb “Tell me, I’ll Forget! “Show me, I may remember! “But involve me, and I’ll understand!”
INTRODUCTION This specialized training is designed to introduce the SEA SCOUT MANUAL. Detail information about Venturing can be obtained by participating in the Adult Venturing Basic course.
COURSE OBJECTIVES To introduce learners to the techniques of Sea Scouting To review the programs, activities, advancement, and recognition unique to Sea Scouting To discuss safety policies and procedures To review the resources available to Sea Scout Ships
PURPOSE 0F SEA SCOUTING To instill in young men and women a code of ethics The lure of the sea and the seagoing program itself are designed to attract and hold them, while the character building and citizenship training elements take effect
SEA SCOUTING IDEALS SEA SCOUTING IDEALS As part of its steering gear, Sea Scouting splices the lore of the sea with the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America A code of conduct so good and strong that it has stood the test of time The Scout Oath and the Scout Law are basic to the purpose of Sea Scouting
THE SHIP CODE A statement of ideals and conduct developed and approved by the ship members (In addition to the Sea Promise and Venturing Code): The means of upholding your ship’s reputation and traditions. What members consider important as a group The Reason for their association with the Ship Ideas that describe the ship’s purpose A standard or goal for self improvement.
THE SEA PROMISE As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best: 1. To guard against water accidents 2. To know the location and proper use of the Lifesaving devices on every boat I board 3. To be prepared to render aid to those in need 4. To seek to preserve the motto of the sea: Women and Children First.
Accomplishing Purpose How can the codes, mottos, pledges, and promises help to accomplish the Ideals of Sea Scouting ?
Uniforms and Insignia Why are uniforms important? The traditional uniform Choosing the Ship’s uniform Sources for uniforms Use of badges and insignia SSM 105-119 SSM 105-119
The Organization of a Ship The National Office – Chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1916. In turn the National office issues charters annually to local councils Local Councils – Through the National office issues charters to organizations that organize Sea Scout Ships The Chartered Organization – Agrees to provide the ship with a good Sea Scouting program under the best available leadership The Ship Committee – appointed by the chartered organization
Crew Leaders & Assistants For administrative purposes, the ship’s company often is divided into crews of about eight Each crew elects its own crew leader and assistant crew leader from members of the crew Each crew leader has the job of molding his or her crew members into a working unit He or she is responsible for the conduct and participation at ship meetings and activities.
Venturing Crew VenturerPresident Vice President SecretaryTreasurerQuartermasterAdvisor Assoc Advisor Crew Committee National and Local Terminology Sea Scout Ship Sea Scout Boatswain Boatswain’s Mate YeomanPurserStorekeeperSkipperMate Ship Committee
At the same time, they know that the program must satisfy the desire for FUN AND ADVENTURE promised to Sea Scout!! ADULT LEADER OBJECTIVES All the adult leaders-the Skipper, mates, and committee members have one objective. They want to carry out the program of activities that will accomplish the purpose of the Scout movement: Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Personal Fitness.
Usually during first week of each month at a regular time and place Helps accomplish the basic objectives of Sea Scouting QUARTERDECK MEETINGS The quarterdeck meeting is a monthly business meeting of all the Ship’s petty officers
Quarterdeck Meetings 1. The Boatswain presides; the Skipper meets with the boatswain in advance to assist in preparing for it 2. All Petty Officers report at every meeting. This involvement of officers is absolutely necessary 3. The Ship program is planned and double-checked under the supervision of the Skipper and designated Mate
QUARTERDECK MEETINGS Suggested Agenda 1.Call to Order 2.Minutes of last quarterdeck meeting. 3.Report of Petty Officers – communications, membership, finances, boats and equipment, District and Council activities, past activities review. 4.Approval of Ship meeting Agenda. 5.Check of this month’s activity plans. 6.Program planning session or future activities. 7.Adjournment SSM 56 7.Adjournment SSM 56.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP 1. Why should members of a ship elect their petty officers? 2. How do the Skipper and the Mate advise and coach the petty officers? 3. How are the objectives of Sea Scouting – building character and citizenship in youth – better served through democratic rather than autocratic leadership?
Election of Petty Officers Petty officers are elected by the membership of the ship This does not include the Skipper or the Mates who are appointed by the Committee Most Ships find that a six month term of office is satisfactory However, each Ship can decide on how long a term petty officers serve
Quarterdeck Training It is essential that Skippers train their own petty officers. Good morale and a smooth operation are based on a mutual understanding of all petty officers from the individual ship in regard to personnel, administration and activities. Newly elected petty officers should by trained by the Skipper as soon as possible.
Petty Officers Seminar An 0rientation and planning meeting conducted by the Skipper and Boatswain working as a leadership team Can be an overnight meeting and, though a working session should be at a location where there are opportunities for sports and relaxation Suggested locations are a cabin, Scout camp, college, etc..
Program Planning Pattern SSM 59 Collecting Activities Selecting Activities Preparing for Activities Checking on Detailed Plans Conducting Activities After Each Activity Cruise & Superactivity Plans
Program Planning Best sources are Ship members Program conferences & regattas Sea Scout Manual Program Capability Inventory
CONSULTANTS A consultant is someone whose special skill or knowledge, equipment or facilities, or contacts can help the Ship. He or she may serve briefly for a single event or for a longer period to supplement the Skipper. At no time does the consultant take the Skipper’s place. They may come from inside the Ship or from the community.
SOURCES OF CONSULTANTS Yacht clubs Other national boat clubs and officers Local Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla members Boating supply and equipment store employees Owners and employees of marinas Military personnel—especially active and reserve members of the Navy and Coast Guard Your own Ship Committee members Parents and friends Members of district and council Venturing committees
SHIP MEETINGS PATTERNS How often to hold them? What happens during a meeting? Who runs the meeting? What are some of the items that should be covered in a meeting? What is the role of the Skipper and Mates at these meetings?.
SAMPLE SHIP ACTIVITIES & POLICIES Alpha Crew-SSM 31-34 Up to Be a “Square Rigger” Bravo Crew-SSM 34-37
SAMPLE SHIP ACTIVITIES & POLICIES Reflection Each Crew describe which activity they liked best Relate to ideals and policies
ADVANCEMENT Sea Scouting has the oldest advancement program in Venturing. Advancement in rank is a measure of nautical knowledge and performance as a leader. Adults should remind Sea Scouts that no more water comes out of a scuttlebutt than is put into it. Likewise they will never get more out of an advancement in rank than they put into it.
Why Recognition and Advancement? SSM 83-84 1.How can advancement be stimulated? 2.Why are ceremonies important? 3.What about recognizing the individual talent of Ship members? 4.Why is service to the Ship and others an important factor to recognize?
REVIEW PROCEDURE & BRIDGE OF HONOR Reviewing Procedure –Skipper’s Conference Bridge of Honor Ceremonies Leadership opportunities Recognizing talent Service to others
Eagle Scout If has achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a Troop may continue working toward the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks until 18 th birthday. Boy Scout in a Troop may continue working toward the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks until 18 th birthday. Must meet requirements in the Boy Scout Handbook Must meet requirements in the Boy Scout Handbook
RECOGNITION FOR ADULTS Emblem of office Training key, awards, and certificates Distinguished service awards Long Cruise Award 50-Miler Award Mile Swim, BSA U.S. Power Squadrons certificate U.S.C.G. Auxiliary certificate Seabadge Trident pin Council, Regional, National leadership awards District Award of Merit Silver Beaver
CRUISES & SUPERACTIVITIES Definition of a long cruise Definition of a Superactivity Need for long-range planning Need for youth and adult leadership Need for budget and equipment Need for tour permits
Planning a Long Cruise Group Project – Refer to Sea Scout Manual pages 69-79
COUNCIL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL PROGRAMS Council activities and Youth Officers Association Scholarships and awards Regional regattas or rendezvous Seabadge conferences National events
BSA Safe Boating/Sailing Standards For vessels owned or operated by the Boy Scouts of America Annual Vessel Safety Check by Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron Guidelines for maximum persons carried aboard
Cruise Plan for Sea Scout Ships & Venturing Units Not required for LOCAL DAY SAILING within site of departure point Required for boats traveling beyond visual observation from departure point, but less than 500 miles distance and five days duration Required along with a National Tour Permit for extended cruising
SAFE SWIM DEFENSE QUALIFIED SUPERVISION PHYSICAL FITNESS SAFE AREA LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY LOOKOUT ABILITY GROUPS BUDDY SYSTEM DISCIPLINE
SAFETY AFLOAT Review of BSA Safety Afloat-Guide to Safe Scouting Safe Boating Course Advanced Seamanship Course
RESOURCES U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Navy Youth Programs National Ocean Service Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic Center Navigational charts U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Power Squadrons
Career Programs Marine Oceanography Marine biology Ichthyology Ocean transport Marine engineering Coastal fisheries Naval architecture Admiralty law Yachting as a business Marine insurance The United States Navy The United States Coast Guard The Merchant Marine Boat maintenance
Youth with Disabilities Everyone has a “disability” Pros and cons of taking on board youth with disabilities Leader’s role is in making a positive difference in youth
SEABADGE CONFERENCE This is a weekend course that covers: MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
NOW WHAT? DO IT!!! Now that the Ship has a Chartered Organization, a Committee, adult leaders, members, petty officers, and a program move ahead. What you need now is a way to get from just having program to actually doing the activities. For each activity, the petty officers and Skipper should select an Activity chair as well as a Consultant who will bring about the event. REMEMBER SEA SCOUTING IS HANDS ON!!!!!
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