About Sea Scouts

This is the official Sea Scouts website of the Sam Houston Area Council, the largest council fleet in the United States. 

Sea Scouts is a specialized program of the Boy Scouts of America, that focuses on water high adventure and personal development. Sea Scout units, called ships, focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats, power vessels or paddle sports. Youth in these ships sail, row, canoe, keep boats in shape, cruise the local waters of Galveston Bay or sail on long cruises far from home. Some SCUBA dive, but all are active in camping, social events, regattas and annual seamanship contests or rendezvous.      

Each ship has a unique program designed and implemented by its youth members. Some ships only sail small boats such as Lasers and Sunfish, others sail catamarans or cruise in sailing sloops ranging from 22 to 33 feet, and some sail competitively. Some ships focus on aquatics, but most of our ships do it all. Basically, if it is an activity about, on, in, under or through the water, Sea Scouts in the Sam Houston Area Council are involved. You can experience the thrills of a lifetime, and let the world know you are ready to join the fun!

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Sea Scouts from SHAC win two of six National Sea Scout Leadership Awards

Adult Cassie Johnson from Ship 502 and student Martha Fields of Ship 1996.

Cassie Johnson is one of those rare people who makes everyone around her better. She is like a point guard in basketball, dishing out assists to help others accomplish things and give them support to dream bigger dreams.

In physical terms of what Cassie has done for Sea Scouts, she has rewritten the national Sea Scout Manual, led Scouter development of the new Introduction to On-Water Leader Skills (IOWLS) and Advanced On-Water Leader Skills (AOWLS) courses now rolling out nationwide, and she has been a principal author of the Seabadge and SEAL 2.0 curriculum. SEAL is Sea Scout Advanced Experience Leadership Training, which is designed to assist new youths in Sea Scout ships and rekindle older youths’ abilities while training on the water.

Cassie has led the Minto Rendezvous Skills Competition in Texas for years as well as the annual Sea Scout Academy at Sea Star Base Galveston. Cassie also is a national leader in Destination Imagination, and international creativity competition for youths focused on team building and problem-solving.

A Scouts BSA merit badge counselor for decades, a Bobwhite in Wood Badge, a graduate of and teacher in Seabadge, and a recent member of the Order of the Arrow, Cassie has assisted youths to not only advance but to find it within themselves to be better leaders and better people. The list of youth who sing her praises goes back decades.

One of those is current Ship 502 youth Hannah M., a sophomore at Cypress Woods High School: “Miss Cassie is an inspiration because she does anything for anyone and cares so much about all of us. She always takes time to make sure that we are OK, and are doing our best, and encourages us like no one else.

“I don’t know where I would be without her.”

The other SHAC winner of the National Sea Scout Leadership Award is Martha Fields of Ship 1996 in Katy, where she is unit boatswain.

Martha served on the National Quarterdeck and was a key contributor to most of the Quarterdeck’s projects this past year. In addition, she has served on the National Marketing team as a webinar host and podcast co-host. During the same time, she has served as Sam Houston Area Council’s Boatswain. This year Martha moves up to serve as National Boatswain’s Mate.

She is a junior at Katy High School, on her high school varsity swim team, and her dream is to go to the U.S. Naval Academy. Her Sea Scout skipper, Jeff Wisdom, said Martha has been in Sea Scouts for approximately 1.5 years, and has done everything but complete her quartermaster project.

“She is on track to be one of the first females in BSA to earn the Eagle rank as well as the Quartermaster rank,” Wisdom said. “There are a lot of men who have done this, but she would be among the first women to do so.”

National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni

The Sea Scout National Committee, in conjunction with Scouting Alumni Association, has been working to create this alumni affinity group, and so the National Organization of Sea Scout Alumni (NOSSA) was born. The mission of NOSSA is serve those previously involved in Sea Scouts, who still believe in the program, and provide ways for them to stay informed and involved. Does your ship have a yearly alumni sail? Let NOSSA know! Other ships may want to do the same and want some advice on how to start. 

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Sea Scouts Manual

The Sea Scout Manual (2016) is available online. Personal copies can be purchased online or at one of our local Scout Shops.



SHAC Fleet Meetings

SHAC Fleet Meetings are an opportunity for Skippers and interested adult leaders gather to on the third Wednesday of each month at the Cockrell Scout Center to discuss program, upcoming events, and training for youth and adults. This is a networking and sharing opportunity. Non-Sea Scout leaders who are interested in joint activities or in starting a ship are welcome to attend.

 Archive of Meeting Minutes

Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training Available Online 

The National Sea Scout Service Committee is rolling out the Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training – new and improved! Three of the six total modules are available online now, with the final three modules soon to follow. Training will continue to be offered by trainers around the country, but the online course gives flexibility to our leaders to get trained on their time.

Each module includes an animated tutorial, interactive activities and a short quiz to test the Sea Scouters new knowledge. Head over to the three modules and see for yourself below:

Note: the online training does not count toward the required adult leader basic training. The new SSALBT syllabus and presentation will soon be available for traditional courses. 

Unit Leader Award of Merit

Quality unit leadership is the key to a quality unit program—and it leads to better Scout retention. Statistics show that if young people stay engaged in the program for at least five years, the BSA’s influence likely will stay with them for the rest of their lives. A quality Scouting experience will help keep Scouts in the program, and the Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders who make that happen.  Skipper has been added to the Unit Leader Award of Merit.

Nomination Form


Safety tip – BSA has produced safety incident reviews that may be helpful in preventing accidents and injuries.  Check out this link to find lessons from some real on-the-water incidents.  The cases may send shivers down your spine, but your newfound knowledge may prevent a tragedy at your ship.  

BSA Safety Incident Review            BSA Safe Boating-Sailing Standards