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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.



A coast-watching Sea Scout signals to a British warship during the First World War. The Boy Scouts Association in Britain, 1914-1918 Q19966.jpg
A coast-watching Sea Scout signals to a British warship during the First World War.
A demonstration by Netherlands Sea Scouts at the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Greece, 1963. Jamboree1963SeaScouts.jpg
A demonstration by Netherlands Sea Scouts at the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Greece, 1963.
US Sea Scout leaders in 2013 Texas A& M; students lead scouts at 2013 National Scout Jamboree 130722-G-NM852-745.jpg
US Sea Scout leaders in 2013

One of the earliest records of "Sea Scouts" is in Chums magazine which refers to "Sea Scouts" as early as July 1909. [1] These Sea Scouts were part of the Chums Scouts and British Boy Scouts. [ citation needed ]

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'. [2] 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.[ citation needed ]

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. [3] 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 [4] 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. [5]

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.[ citation needed ]

Around the world

CountryMembershipTroops/GroupsAge groupSee also
Austria410–20 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs
Bulgariaat least 1
Czech Republic4016166above 5Czech Sea Scouts Headquarters (HKVS) yearly report for 2017 [6]
Finland [7] 9,000100Above 7
Greece4,000above 7 Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Boy Scouts)
Soma Hellinikou Odigismou (co-ed Guides)
Hong Kong11–20
Hungary6above 12
Indiaat least 110–26
Indonesia414-20Satuan Karya (Saka) Bahari
Ireland3,400256–26 Sea Scouts (Scouting Ireland)
Israel [8] 1,000810–18 Israel Sea Scouts Website
Lithuania300138–29Lithuanian Scouting Sea Scouts
Malaysiaat least 2012–19
Netherlands [9] 2,1673007–11 Scouting Nederland
New Zealand2,0006010–15.5 Sea Scouts New Zealand
Poland (01-01-2007)295 (159g+136b)1756–9
669 (366g+303b)10–12
910 (442g+351b)13–15
735 (392f+343m)16–18
225 (89f+163m)19–25
Pitcairn Island1
Singapore12–24 Singapore Sea Scouts
South Africa [10] 2011–18
Switzerland [11] 1301>6 Pfadibewegung Schweiz
Trinidad and Tobago18931811–21
United Kingdom10,00040110–14 Sea Scouts (The Scout Association)
United States15,00013–21 Sea Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)
Girl Scouts of the USA

Eurosea seminars

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.

Loss of vessels

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