Why Join Sea Scouts?

No matter what type of Scout you are right now, you can participate in Sea Scouts as well. You do not need to leave your Crew, Troop, etc. In fact, you can work toward BSA merit badges with Sea Scout activities – you can even earn both your Eagle and your Quartermaster rank (the highest rank in Sea Scouts).

If you’re looking for a new challenge, a new adventure, a new way to achieve, and new skills – Sea Scouts might be for you.

Sea Scout ships are co-ed and for ages 14-21 and are youth led and adult mentored. In addition to the customary focus on citizenship and leadership common to all types of Scouting, the Sea Scout emphasis is on seamanship and service and it can help you prepare for a career in the Navy, work toward skills valuable in the maritime industry, or just make you a better recreational boater. Whether your goal involves service to our nation, sailing off into the sunset, or just having fun on, in, or under the water – the Sea Scouts can be a valuable stepping stone.

About Ship 717

Ship 717 – serves the greater Cincinnati area and part of Northern Kentucky and includes both male and female leaders and scouts. It is divided into two crews, Alpha and Bravo, which meet weekly at different times and locations to ensure maximum opportunity for participation.

Alpha crew meets in Erlanger, Kentucky, just a quick drive South from Cincinnati and is part of the Dan Beard Council. Bravo crew meets near Rocky Fork Lake in Hillsboro, Ohio and is part of the Simon Kenton Council. We believe we may be the only Ship in the country that belongs to two councils.

Both crews have access to large and small sailboats, power boats, canoes, and kayaks. You can learn more about our fleet here.

We get out on the water as often as we can, but when the weather doesn’t allow us to hoist sails we work on the seamanship skills, plan future excursions, participate in community service events, and more.

Ready for a challenge? Reach out and learn more!