Sea Scouts are members of the international Scouting movement, with a particular emphasis on boating and water-based activities. These activities can be on the sea, rivers or lakes. Sea Scouts can provide a chance to sail, cruise on boats, learn navigation, learn how to work on engines and compete in regattas. Sea Scouts often have distinctive uniforms. In some countries or Scout organizations, Sea Scouting is a program just for older Scouts.
One of the earliest records of "Sea Scouts" is in Chums magazine which refers to "Sea Scouts" as early as July 1909. These Sea Scouts were part of the Chums Scouts and British Boy Scouts.
Also in the Chums magazine, the British Boys Naval Brigade, later National Naval Cadets, were subtitled 'Scouts of the Sea' from the 14 July 1909 edition and, from the 28 July 1909 edition, 'Sea Scouts of the Empire'. The British Boy Scouts and an original company of The National Naval Cadets were both headquartered in Battersea, London and the 'boys' weekly newspaper Chums was the official journal of both. The National Naval Cadets affiliated with the British Boy Scouts as part of its Sea Scouts.
Later, Sea Scouts were introduced within the Baden-Powell Boy Scouts organization. In the first edition of 'Scouting for Boys', Baden-Powell mentioned that "A Scout should be able to manage a boat, to bring it properly alongside a ship or pier....". In December 1908, the first Seamanship badge was issued as one of the first 'Efficiency' badges. A camp for Scouts was held at Bucklers Hard, Hampshire in August 1909 at which boating activities were a focus. In 1911, Baden-Powell wrote the booklet Sea Scouting for Boys. Warington Baden-Powell wrote Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys in 1912, with a foreword by Robert Baden-Powell. A special uniform for Sea Scouts was approved in 1910 and, in 1912, the name "Sea Scouts" was officially adopted within Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts Association.
Sea Scouting found its way to the rest of the world. In many organizations a Sea Scout troop or group has a special name, in the Boy Scouts of America it is called a ship.
|Country||Membership||Troops/Groups||Age group||See also|
|Austria||4||10–20||Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs|
|Bulgaria||at least 1|
|Czech Republic||3,300||166||above 5||Czech Sea Scouts Headquarters (HKVS)|
|Greece||4,000||above 7||Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Boy Scouts)|
|Soma Hellinikou Odigismou (co-ed Guides)|
|India||at least 1||10–26|
|Indonesia||4||14-20||Satuan Karya (Saka) Bahari|
|Ireland||3,400||25||6–26||Sea Scouts (Scouting Ireland)|
|Israel||850||7||10–18||Israel Sea Scouts Website|
|Lithuania||300||13||8–29||Lithuanian Scouting Sea Scouts |
|Malaysia||at least 20||12–19|
|New Zealand||2,000||60||10–15.5||Sea Scouts New Zealand|
|Poland (01-01-2007)||295 (159g+136b)||175||6–9|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1893||18||11–21|
|United Kingdom||10,000||401||10–14||Sea Scouts (The Scout Association)|
|United States||15,000||13–21||Sea Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)
Girl Scouts of the USA
Eurosea is the seminar for Sea Scouting/Guiding in the European Scout Region which take place every three years. The aims and objectives are to enable national associations to share ideas and experiences on how to develop Sea Scouting/Guiding or water-based programs in general. Participants are members of national or regional teams responsible for Sea Scouting/Guiding or developing water-based programs and representatives from associations interested in introducing Sea Scouting/Guiding.