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Quartermaster Award Requirements

  1. Ideals—Has initiated a discussion of the ideal stated in the Sea Promise and has prepared a written analysis offering recommendations for improvements of one of the following ship’s program: bylaws and code, training, ceremonies, quarterdeck meetings, recruiting, or fundraising.
  2. Membership—Has attended at least 75 percent of ship meetings and special activities for 18 months, and has presented a talk on Sea Scouts to an adult organization.
  3. Leadership—Has completed a service project, has served as an officer for six months or been an activity chairman for three major events, and has commanded a 40-consecutive-hour cruise or successfully completed SEAL.
  4. Swimming—Has completed BSA Lifeguard or another certified lifesaving course. Has finished the requirements listed in the following strands:
  5. Safety
  6. Marlinspike Seamanship
  7. Boat Handling
  8. Anchoring
  9. Navigation Rules
  10. Piloting and Navigation
  11. Weather
  12. Environment
  13. Electives—Has completed four of the following:
  • Sailing
  • Engines
  • Vessel Maintenance
  • Electricity
  • Navigation
  • Drill Piloting
  • Rigging
  • Yacht Racing Crew
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Training Options
  • U.S. Power Squadrons Advanced Piloting


Give the application for rank advancement to your Skipper, who will present it to the officers at their monthly meeting. As they review your application, they are primarily concerned with your understanding of the ideals of Sea Scouts as demonstrated by your participation in ship activities. Ordinarily, you will not attend this meeting.

At the quarterdeck meeting, the officers either approve or decline your application. An application for the Quartermaster Award must also be approved by the ship committee and the district or council advancement committee. Following this, the Quartermaster application is forwarded to the National Council.

If your application is not approved, the Skipper returns it to you with an explanation. He or she will help you make corrections so you can submit it again.

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