Skipper Shields sails Seabadge



One of the best kept secrets in the Boy Scouts of America seems to have been the Sea Scouts in recent years. Sea Scouts was established as a high adventure program for older boys in 1912, and has had a rich history through World War II, and beyond.  The Sea Scout program is built on Naval, and other maritime traditions. It offers youth opportunities for nautical training, and development of seamanship skills.

The training opportunities for the adults in the Sea Scout program are many as well. Specialized training is offered to adult Sea Scout leaders, so they have the tools to manage fun and exciting programs for their Sea Scout Ships. The training continuum offered to registered Sea Scout leaders are:  Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (SSALBT), Seabadge, Seabadge Underway, and boating safety training through the United States Power Squadron or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.


Seabadge is an advanced training in management and leadership for Sea Scout adult volunteer leaders. The Seabadge conference was developed in 1970 to improve the understanding of management and leadership, in order to provide the necessary skills to the adult volunteers to manage, and lead their Sea Scout program. The Seabadge conference is a catalyst, empowering Sea Scout leaders to improve, and expand the Sea Scout program in both quality, and quantity.

The most recent Central Region Seabadge conference was held at the Beaumont Scout Reservation in St. Louis, Missouri on Nov. 12-14. During this conference, thirty one Sea Scout adult volunteers were trained by thirteen Sea Scout staff members. The conference provided valuable training to the participants and they left with a greater understanding of how to manage and lead their Ships into the next 100 years.