Scouts BSA rank advancement for Sea Scouts

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Sea Scouts who earned First Class rank when registered in Scouts BSA are qualified until their 18th birthday to continue with Scouts BSA advancement. If desired, they may maintain multiple (dual) registration in a troop or ship, and work on ranks in either unit.

Wherever the youth member is registered, the Scoutmaster and ship's Skipper decide, with the member, who will oversee the Scouts BSA advancement. If the Skipper does so but is unfamiliar with Scouts BSA, the district advancement committee should identify an experienced Scouter to assist. It is important for Sea Scout leaders to understand that Scouts BSA advancement procedures must be followed.

With the exception of the Eagle and Quartermaster service projects, any work done while a Sea Scout can count toward both Scouts BSA and Sea Scout advancement at the same time. The Eagle and Quartermaster service projects must be separate and distinct from each other. Position of responsibility requirements for Scouts BSA ranks may be met by the Sea Scout serving in ship positions as outlined in the Scouts BSA Requirements book.

If the Skipper is overseeing the Scout’s advancement, then the ship committee conducts Star and Life boards of review. Otherwise the troop committee conducts these boards of review. Eagle Scout boards follow the local council’s established procedure.


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