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'''Sea [[Scouts]]''' are members of [[Scouts Canada]] aged 11-26 (depending on local availability) with a particular emphasis on water-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing. Depending on the available water, these activities are on lakes, rivers or sea in small or large ships. Sea Scouting can be a program for all Scouts or just older Scouts. Sea Scouts provides a chance to sail, cruise on boats, learn navigation, learn how to work on engines. Sea Scouts often compete in regattas.
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== History ==
 
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Robert Baden-Powell ('''[[B-P]]''') grew up being constantly reminded of his family's naval connections. His maternal grandfather was Admiral William Smyth. In 1872, when he was 15, Baden-Powell accompanied his brothers on a cross-country expedition by collapsible canoe. They slept in tents and cooked their meals over open fires. Little wonder then that B-P was to write later on in his life that he started his Scouting as a Sea Scout.
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Sea Scouting had its beginning at a [[campfire]] in England when B-P voiced the hope that older Scouts would be interested in learning about boat management and seamanship. He stressed the need for young men to prepare themselves for service on their country's ships. Sea Scouting was introduced by B-P with the assistance of his brother, Warington Baden-Powell, K.C., an Admiralty lawyer, sailor, and inventor of canoe sailing. Lord Baden-Powell personally held a Scout camp at Bucklers Hard, Hampshire in August 1909 which marked the start of Sea Scouts, though they were not officially named such until 1912. Warington Baden-Powell wrote the handbook Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys in 1910 with a foreword by Robert Baden-Powell. A special uniform was approved in 1910, and was enthusiastically received by the young men of Britain, soon finding its way to the rest of the world. Warington Baden-Powell is also the author of ''Canoe Travelling: Log of a Cruise on the Baltic, and Practical Hints on Building and Fitting Canoes'', London, Smith, Elder, 1871.
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== Uniforms & Insignia ==
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[[File:Ss-sm.jpg|200px|right|Sea Scouts / Scouts Marins strip]]
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The official unform for Sea Scouts in Scouts Canada is the same as the regular Scout uniform and is a green shirt. Sea Scouts add a Sea Scout/Scout Marins strip on the right pocket. Some Ship's Companies continued use of navy blue shirts after the change to tan shirts in the 1990s and have adopted the navy blue shirts produced now for the Venturer Scout section. Additionally, some groups which had gone to tan or green shirts are now converting to the navy blue as well. Although this uniform choice is unofficial, in most cases it has been adopted at the direction of a Court of Honour and therefore has great weight.
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[[File:SSC crest2013.png|100px|right|Sea Scouts Canada crest]]In late 2014, a number of Sea Scout Troops worked together to [http://www.403to.ca/2018/10/09/sea-scouts-gear/ reissue a version of the classic round Sea Scout crest] seen at the top of this page. This version is slightly updated to better match current badge production methods. It is depicted at right. In 2018, a group also issued caps with the same basic crest.
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Other than the Sea Scout / Scouts Marins strip pictured above, woggles, and a leader badge, there are no other Sea Scout materials produced at present by Scouts Canada. There has been a rumour that something additional may come as part of the new program, but nothing official has been announced.
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== Badge Program ==
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The current badge program is exactly the same as for Scouts. Undoubtedly some Ship's Companies have specialty badges to cover some specific Sea Scouting areas or use extranl systems to provide a more nuanced water program.
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There are a number of standard Scout badges that are of particular interest to Sea Scouts: [[Paddling Challenge Badge|Paddling]], [[White Water Challenge Badge|White Water]], [[Sailing Challenge Badge|Sailing]], [[Swimming Challenge Badge|Swimming]], [[Powercraft Challenge Badge|Powercraft]], [[Water Tripping Challenge Badge|Water Tripping]].
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=== Relevant external programs ===
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* [http://www.orcka.ca/ Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA)] - certifies guides in Ontario as well as providing instruction in a number of disciplines
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* [http://www.paddlingcanada.com/ Paddle Canada] - national recreational paddling program in a number of disciplines
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* [http://www.sailing.ca/ Canadian Yachting Association] - White Sail program delivered through clubs
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* [http://www.cps-ecp.ca/ Canadian Power Squadron] - operator classes for boats and marine radios
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== Ship's Companies ==
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There are approximately 25 Ship's Companies (Sea Scout troops) in Scouts Canada at present. It is difficult to ascertain the number for sure and I hope the publication of this list will encourage corrections and allow better collaboration. The list is organized roughly from west to east by province and alphabetically within the province.
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| [[7th SW Burnaby]] || BC || Burnaby ||  ||  May no longer be operating
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| [[28th Burnaby]] Scouts, Venturers || BC || Burnaby || https://28burnaby.wordpress.com/ ||
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| [[1st Comox]] Cubs (Seawolves), Scouts || BC || Comox ||  ||
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| [[1st Departure Bay]] Scouts || BC || Nanaimo ||  ||
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| [[10th Richmond]] Cubs, Scouts, Venturers || BC || Richmond ||  ||
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| [[3rd Richmond]] || BC || Richmond ||  ||
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| [[6th Roberts Creek]] Scouts || BC || Roberts Creek ||  ||
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| [[1st Semiahmoo]] Cubs, Scouts, Venturers || BC || Semiahmoo || http://nicomeklscouting.ca/contact/group/18/  ||
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| [[4th Squamish]] Scouts || BC || Squamish || http://squamishscouts.com/pages/for-youth/sea-scouts.php  ||
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| [[3rd Boundary Bay]] Scouts, Venturers || BC || Surrey || http://3bbscouts.synthasite.com/  || May not be operating - no current posts
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| [[12th Garry Oak]] || BC || Victoria || https://www.facebook.com/12thGarryOakSeaScouts/ ||  May not be operating - no current posts
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| [[144th Lake Bonavista]] Scouts || AB || Calgary || http://144scouts.ca/ ||
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| [[117th Rosslyn]] Venturers, Rovers || AB || Edmonton || http://117rosslynscouts.weebly.com/ ||
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| [[10th Barrie]] || ON || Barrie || https://sites.google.com/site/10thbarriescouts/ || May no longer be Sea Scouts
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| [[1st Alcona]] || ON || Innisfil || http://www.1stalconascouting.com/ ||
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| [[1st Lakefield]] || ON || Lakefield ||  || May no longer be operating
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| [[1st Port Credit]] Scouts || ON || Mississauga || http://mississauga.scouter.ca/component/contact/contact/75-florence-bartolo ||
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| [[1st Greenwood]] Scouts || ON || Ottawa || http://1stgreenwoodscouting.ca/home/group-calendar/sea-scout-troop-event-calendar ||
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| [[115th Parkwood Hills]] Scouts, Venturers || ON || Ottawa || http://115thphscouts.tripod.com/ ||
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| [[14th Gloucester]] || ON || Ottawa ||  || May no longer be operating
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| [[Brownsea Base]] Scouts, Venturers || ON || Peterborough || https://kwascouting.ca/brownseabase/ || Summer program for Kawarthas Area
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| [[1st Port Dover]] Scouts, Venturers, Rovers || ON || Port Dover || https://www.facebook.com/1stPortDoverSeaVenturesAndRovers/ ||
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| [[40th St. Catharines]] || ON || St. Catharines ||  ||
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| [[3rd Tillsonburg]] || ON || Tilsonburg || http://tillsonburgseascouts.weebly.com/ ||  ||
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| [[65th Toronto Scout Group]] Scouts, Venturers, Rovers || ON || Toronto || http://65thtorontoscouts.weebly.com/ || Whaler
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| [[403rd Toronto]] Scouts, Venturers || ON || Toronto || http://403TO.ca// || [http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=206 Kirby 23] and a number of canoes belonging to Scouters; Cub, Scout and Venturer sections all try to emphasize water activities
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| [[97th Hamilton]] Scouts || ON || Hamilton || http://97hamiltonscoutgroup.wix.com/97th-scout-group ||
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| [[1st Port Whitby]] Scouts || ON || Whitby || http://www.whitbyscouts.org/contacts.html ||
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| [[3rd Ile Perrot]] || QC || Pincourt || http://seascouts.smugmug.com/ ||
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| [[Digby Neck and Islands]] || NS || Sandy Cove ||  ||
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== Resources ==
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* [http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/cssm1967.pdf Canadian Sea Scout Manual (c. 1967)]
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* [https://www.dropbox.com/s/iep9rhfvzg7rsak/Sea%20Scout%20Leaders%20Handbook%20%28official%2C%20c1980%29.pdf Sea Scout Leader's Handbook (c. 1980)]
  
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== Events ==
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Sea Scouts participate with other Scout troops in local, council, national and international events for all Scouts. However, there are times where Sea Scouts gather as Sea Scouts for regattas and other [[Sea Scout Events|Sea Scout specific events]].
  
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Sea Scouts are members of Scouts Canada aged 11-26 (depending on local availability) with a particular emphasis on water-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing. Depending on the available water, these activities are on lakes, rivers or sea in small or large ships. Sea Scouting can be a program for all Scouts or just older Scouts. Sea Scouts provides a chance to sail, cruise on boats, learn navigation, learn how to work on engines. Sea Scouts often compete in regattas.

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History

Seascouts-crest.gif

Robert Baden-Powell (B-P) grew up being constantly reminded of his family's naval connections. His maternal grandfather was Admiral William Smyth. In 1872, when he was 15, Baden-Powell accompanied his brothers on a cross-country expedition by collapsible canoe. They slept in tents and cooked their meals over open fires. Little wonder then that B-P was to write later on in his life that he started his Scouting as a Sea Scout.

Sea Scouting had its beginning at a campfire in England when B-P voiced the hope that older Scouts would be interested in learning about boat management and seamanship. He stressed the need for young men to prepare themselves for service on their country's ships. Sea Scouting was introduced by B-P with the assistance of his brother, Warington Baden-Powell, K.C., an Admiralty lawyer, sailor, and inventor of canoe sailing. Lord Baden-Powell personally held a Scout camp at Bucklers Hard, Hampshire in August 1909 which marked the start of Sea Scouts, though they were not officially named such until 1912. Warington Baden-Powell wrote the handbook Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys in 1910 with a foreword by Robert Baden-Powell. A special uniform was approved in 1910, and was enthusiastically received by the young men of Britain, soon finding its way to the rest of the world. Warington Baden-Powell is also the author of Canoe Travelling: Log of a Cruise on the Baltic, and Practical Hints on Building and Fitting Canoes, London, Smith, Elder, 1871.

Uniforms & Insignia

Sea Scouts / Scouts Marins strip

The official unform for Sea Scouts in Scouts Canada is the same as the regular Scout uniform and is a green shirt. Sea Scouts add a Sea Scout/Scout Marins strip on the right pocket. Some Ship's Companies continued use of navy blue shirts after the change to tan shirts in the 1990s and have adopted the navy blue shirts produced now for the Venturer Scout section. Additionally, some groups which had gone to tan or green shirts are now converting to the navy blue as well. Although this uniform choice is unofficial, in most cases it has been adopted at the direction of a Court of Honour and therefore has great weight.

Sea Scouts Canada crest
In late 2014, a number of Sea Scout Troops worked together to reissue a version of the classic round Sea Scout crest seen at the top of this page. This version is slightly updated to better match current badge production methods. It is depicted at right. In 2018, a group also issued caps with the same basic crest.

Other than the Sea Scout / Scouts Marins strip pictured above, woggles, and a leader badge, there are no other Sea Scout materials produced at present by Scouts Canada. There has been a rumour that something additional may come as part of the new program, but nothing official has been announced.

Badge Program

The current badge program is exactly the same as for Scouts. Undoubtedly some Ship's Companies have specialty badges to cover some specific Sea Scouting areas or use extranl systems to provide a more nuanced water program.

There are a number of standard Scout badges that are of particular interest to Sea Scouts: Paddling, White Water, Sailing, Swimming, Powercraft, Water Tripping.

Relevant external programs

Ship's Companies

There are approximately 25 Ship's Companies (Sea Scout troops) in Scouts Canada at present. It is difficult to ascertain the number for sure and I hope the publication of this list will encourage corrections and allow better collaboration. The list is organized roughly from west to east by province and alphabetically within the province.

Ship's Company Province Community Website Note
7th SW Burnaby BC Burnaby May no longer be operating
28th Burnaby Scouts, Venturers BC Burnaby https://28burnaby.wordpress.com/
1st Comox Cubs (Seawolves), Scouts BC Comox
1st Departure Bay Scouts BC Nanaimo
10th Richmond Cubs, Scouts, Venturers BC Richmond
3rd Richmond BC Richmond
6th Roberts Creek Scouts BC Roberts Creek
1st Semiahmoo Cubs, Scouts, Venturers BC Semiahmoo http://nicomeklscouting.ca/contact/group/18/
4th Squamish Scouts BC Squamish http://squamishscouts.com/pages/for-youth/sea-scouts.php
3rd Boundary Bay Scouts, Venturers BC Surrey http://3bbscouts.synthasite.com/ May not be operating - no current posts
12th Garry Oak BC Victoria https://www.facebook.com/12thGarryOakSeaScouts/ May not be operating - no current posts
144th Lake Bonavista Scouts AB Calgary http://144scouts.ca/
117th Rosslyn Venturers, Rovers AB Edmonton http://117rosslynscouts.weebly.com/
10th Barrie ON Barrie https://sites.google.com/site/10thbarriescouts/ May no longer be Sea Scouts
1st Alcona ON Innisfil http://www.1stalconascouting.com/
1st Lakefield ON Lakefield May no longer be operating
1st Port Credit Scouts ON Mississauga http://mississauga.scouter.ca/component/contact/contact/75-florence-bartolo
1st Greenwood Scouts ON Ottawa http://1stgreenwoodscouting.ca/home/group-calendar/sea-scout-troop-event-calendar
115th Parkwood Hills Scouts, Venturers ON Ottawa http://115thphscouts.tripod.com/
14th Gloucester ON Ottawa May no longer be operating
Brownsea Base Scouts, Venturers ON Peterborough https://kwascouting.ca/brownseabase/ Summer program for Kawarthas Area
1st Port Dover Scouts, Venturers, Rovers ON Port Dover https://www.facebook.com/1stPortDoverSeaVenturesAndRovers/
40th St. Catharines ON St. Catharines
3rd Tillsonburg ON Tilsonburg http://tillsonburgseascouts.weebly.com/
65th Toronto Scout Group Scouts, Venturers, Rovers ON Toronto http://65thtorontoscouts.weebly.com/ Whaler
403rd Toronto Scouts, Venturers ON Toronto http://403TO.ca// Kirby 23 and a number of canoes belonging to Scouters; Cub, Scout and Venturer sections all try to emphasize water activities
97th Hamilton Scouts ON Hamilton http://97hamiltonscoutgroup.wix.com/97th-scout-group
1st Port Whitby Scouts ON Whitby http://www.whitbyscouts.org/contacts.html
3rd Ile Perrot QC Pincourt http://seascouts.smugmug.com/
Digby Neck and Islands NS Sandy Cove

Resources

Events

Sea Scouts participate with other Scout troops in local, council, national and international events for all Scouts. However, there are times where Sea Scouts gather as Sea Scouts for regattas and other Sea Scout specific events.