Sea Scout Meetings

Youth participate in Sea Scouts because they enjoy the activities of their Ship. If there is a lack of activity, or too much activity, a Ship may lose its members.

Some Sea Scout meet twice a week, with a “business” meeting during the week, followed by meeting on a Saturday or Sunday for sailing, working on boats, or some other scout activity.

Some Ships meet one day a week and combine both meetings.

Other Ships meet twice a month.

Regardless of what format a Ship uses, there should be plans of activities that the youth have helped create.

Ship meetings should have consistency, such as by using the same format and beginning at a regularly scheduled time.

Many Ships do a “Landship” ceremony for their business meeting. At a meeting, discuss what is going on with the Ship, upcoming events, and the plan of the day. Whether it is later the same day or several days after the business meeting, execute the plan of the day that was decided on at the appropriate meeting.

Many ships divide the youth into crews for administrative purposes, such as Port and Starboard crews. Each crew has a crew leader who contacts the youth in their crew for meeting times, agenda reminders, and many other ship functions.

Sea Scout meeting topics include a discussion of past activities (“old business”), upcoming activities (“new business”), and what will immediately follow the meeting.

William C. Menninger, M.D., in the 1939 Handbook for Skippers, outlined some basic activities Sea Scouts could conduct at a weekly meeting.  Here is a sample monthly program outline:

Month A

Meeting 1 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Scout Law. Ship drill period on Semaphore signaling.

Meeting 2 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Sea History. Semaphore signaling contest between crews.

Meeting 3 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Crew Instruction:

Port Crew: Types of Boats

Starboard Crew: Ground Tackle Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Citizenship.

Meeting 4 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Crew Instruction:

Port Crew: Ground Tackle

Starboard Crew: Types of Boats Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of service to others.

Month B

Meeting 1 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Leadership Ship Instruction: Boat Handling.

Meeting 2 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Industriousness Ship Instruction: Marlinspike.

Meeting 3 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise Ship’s Business Crew Instruction:

Port Crew: Block & Tackle Nomenclature

Starboard Crew: Navigation Skipper’s Minute- Discussion of Team Work.

Meeting 4 Crew- Pledge of Allegiance & Sea Promise

See, William C. Menninger, M.D., Handbook for Skippers, pp. 51-78, (Boy Scouts of America, 1939).

This is just a brief discussion of Sea Scout meetings. For more on Sea Scout meetings and ceremonies, please see the Sea Scout Manual.

Remember, you are only limited by your imagination.

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