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BSA's Sea Scouts Is Coast Guard Auxiliary's Youth Program

Scuba diving Sea Scouts
These Scuba-diving Sea Scouts operate out of the Ithaca, NY Flotilla base. 
Photo by Jim Graney

BSA’s Sea Scouts is now the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s official youth program.

 Coast Guard Auxiliary/Sea Scout SOP
Coast Guard Auxiliary/BSA MOA
 BSA's Sea Scouting Logo
Joint BSA/CGAux Photo Release Form
A new memorandum of agreement allows Auxiliary flotillas to become Sea Scout ship-chartered organizations.

Rick Washburn, National Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore, and VADM Charles Wurster, USCG (ret.), Sea Scout National Commodore, announced the signing of the agreement on Sept. 4, 2018.

“Working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary will give Sea Scouts an opportunity to benefit from Coast Guard seamanship and vocational training, while giving Sea Scouts a unique introduction to the Coast Guard,” said Admiral Wurster.

“With this cooperative effort we will reach out to the emerging population of young adults who share the Auxiliary’s commitment to safe boating, service to the nation, and Coast Guard and maritime careers,” said Commodore Washburn.

This stronger relationship will also provide the Sea Scouts with a broader pool of adult leaders with seamanship skills and training and access to vessels. In addition, Auxiliary programs will facilitate advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-oriented training.

This new partnership will undergo initial development and evaluation between Auxiliary and Sea Scout units in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia as well as portions of New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before it is ultimately implemented nationwide.

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