The target audience for Seabadge is Sea Scout adult leaders who will directly apply what they learn to the program. However, much of the content is applicable to anyone who works with older youth and the course is a great way to learn about the Sea Scout program. There is no requirement to be a Sea Scout Leader to attend.
All participants must complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) and Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training (SSALBT) in person or through my.scouting.org.
The all-inclusive course fee is $125. This fee includes food, camping fees, instructional materials, a course hat and t-shirt, and (upon completion of the Rudder) the Seabadge Award pin and certificate. A $50 deposit will hold your place in the course, with the balance due by January 11, 2019.
Friday, January 25 (check-in at 1200, course begins at 1300) through Sunday, January 27 (approx 1200).
1453 Baden Powell Rd
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Camp Shands, a beautiful North Florida Council property, is located approximately 75 miles from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), 130 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO), and 145 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA). If you are flying into one of these airports, you are encouraged to seek carpooling connections via the course Facebook group.
Click here for driving directions to Camp Shands from Jacksonville and Gainesville.
Click here for a Camp Shands map.
All participants are required to bring a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR, "medical form") with you to the course. The complete form (parts A, B, and C) is preferred; the short form (parts A and B) is acceptable. You will not be permitted to check-in without your AHMR.
Sea Scout participants will wear official Sea Scout uniforms as described in the Sea Scout Manual. The Official Sea Scout Uniform is the preferred uniform, but legacy uniforms may be worn. Dress uniforms are not required. An activity uniform including the course t-shirt will be worn for parts of days.
Scout participants will wear their official Scouting uniforms (official Scout leader shirt, Scout pants, Scout leather or web belt, and official socks) with the shoulder loops signifying their Scouting program. Each person has the option of wearing uniform shorts, long pants, or a skirt.
Prior to the course, design a personal burgee/pennant that symbolizes your hobbies, interests, and your life. It can consist of colors, patterns, shapes, and symbols. Your burgee can be made of cloth or simply drawn on cardboard or heavy paper.
Typically, a burgee is 12" at the base and 18" in length. You will be using your pennant Friday evening to introduce yourself to your crew; therefore, include all information on your pennant that is necessary for a self-introduction.
Indoor accommodations will be provided for all participants. The new Camp Shands staff dorm features six rooms with six beds each (two bunk beds, two twins) with mattresses, and a bathroom in each of the six rooms.
Click here for the personal packing list. (Coming soon)
All meals will be served in Taylor Dining Hall. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please indicate those on your pre-course participant survey.
Part of the course involves setting your personal goals in Scouting and then carrying out five tasks that take you along that course. These tasks make up your "Logbook" (formerly known as the Rutter, and similar to a Wood Badge Ticket), and must be completed within 18 months of the course to earn your Seabadge pin. For our course, the Logbook completion deadline is Monday, July 27, 2020.
Note: There are two versions of the Logbook. One is for participants who are Sea Scouters. The other is for Scouters who may be Scouting, BSA leaders, professionals, commissioners, Venturing advisors, etc.