First time ever!
Mary Silliman was the first Sea Scout to be honored at the annual Occoneechee Council Eagle Banquet on 1-28-2017. Congratulations Mary!
Quartermaster is the highest rank within Sea Scouts, akin to being named an Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts, except that it’s even rarer. In Occoneechee Council, the Quartermaster was last awarded in 2010. Boy Scouts earn the recognition of Eagle Scout about five times more often than their counterparts in Sea Scouts become quartermasters.
Quartermaster Requirements include:
- Active membership
- Leadership position
- Quartermaster Project
- Quartermaster Cruise (command a vessel and crew for 40 consecutive hours or complete SEAL (Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership) 10 day training
- Lifeguard certification
- Marlinspike – teach 15 knots and 6 splices; demonstrate sail repair
- Boat Handling – teach docking, anchoring, etc.
- Piloting and Navigation
- Weather forecasting and heavy-weather precautions aboard a vessel
- Marine environmental protection
- Electives (like merit badges) from the following categories: sailing, paddlecraft, vessel command, yacht racing, boat engines, vessel maintenance, electricity, rigging, specialty proficiency (ex: scuba, surfing, etc.) ornamental knot work, maritime tradition
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