On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Sea Scout Quartermaster Award
The Sea Scout Quartermaster award is the pinnacle award for the Sea Scout cluster of Venturing. The award is the columniation of dedication and excellence to the ideals of the Sea Scout program. The medal is rich in symbolism. The blue ribbon stands for loyalty to country. The compass suggests the importance of a carefully chosen direction in life. The wheel reminds us that we are guides of our own future, and the we must preserve with self-discipline. The first class Scout badge, an emblem of purposeful brotherhood, shows Sea Scouting as an important part of Scouting traditions. The anchor reminds us that a truly worthy life is anchored din duty to God.
Quartermaster candidates must earn the three previous Sea Scout ranks of apprentice, ordinary, and able. During this time they learn boating safety, leadership, and nautical skills including boat maintence, marlinspike seamanship, navigation, piloting, swimming, and use of ground tackle. After completing the able rank, one must complete a service project, give back to the Ship teaching fellow Sea Scouts nautical skills, and further develop their own practical skills, such as becoming a lifeguard.
After completing the quartermaster requirements, the Quartermaster award application 25-403 must be completed. The Sea Scout must be approved by their Ship's officers (quarterdeck), be approved by the Ship committee, be approved by the Skipper, and be approved the the local council's advancement committee. Upon local council approval, the form is forwarded to the national Venturing division, who will then authorize presentation of the award. The award includes a medallion, badge, cloth square knot, and certificate. Other recognitions that may be ordered from the national supply division includes a lapel pin, and a ladies charm.