Sea Scout

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Sea Scout
Sea Scout
Country Worldwide
Founded 1908
Founder Warington Baden-Powell

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Sea Scouts are members of the international Scouting movement, with a particular emphasis on water-based activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing. Depending on the country and 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.


[1]Robert Baden-Powell grew up being constantly reminded of his family's naval connections. His maternal grandfather was Admiral William Smyth. In 1872, when he was 15, Robert 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 Robert Baden-Powell 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 Robert Baden-Powell 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 Buckler's Hard, Hampshire in August 1908 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. It was enthusiastically received by the young men of Britain and soon found 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.

Around the world

In many organizations a Sea Scout troop or group has a special name, in the Boy Scouts of America it is called a ship.

Country Membership Troops/Groups Age group See also
Australia 92 10-26
Austria 4 10-20 Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs
Bangladesh 14-25
Belgium 3,100 27 6-18
Brazil 100 7-21
Bulgaria at least 1
Canada 11-26
Croatia 7
Cyprus 9
Czech Republic 3,300 166
Denmark 3,800
Finland [2] 9,000 100
France 2,500
Germany 12
Gibraltar 1
Greece 4,000 above 7 Soma Hellinon Proskopon (Boy Scouts)
Soma Hellinikou Odigismou (co-ed Guides)
Hong Kong 11-20
Iceland 1
India 2500 25 12-26 Sea Scouts and Guides, India‎
Ireland approx. 2650 25 6-20 Sea Scouts (Scouting Ireland)
Israel [3] 850 8 10-19
Italy 500 30
Latvia 90 5 11-16
Lithuania 450 29
Malaysia at least 1 12-19
Monaco 1
Netherlands [4] 2,167 300 7-11 Scouting Nederland
5,401 10-15
1,395 14-17
2,000 17-23
New Zealand 2,000 60 10-15.5 Sea Scouts New Zealand
Norway 1,700 26
Poland (01-01-2007) 295 (159g+136b) 175 6-9
669 (366g+303b) 10-12
910 (442g+351b) 13-15
735 (392f+343m) 16-18
225 (89f+163m) 19-25
~475 leaders
Philippines 10-17
Pitcairn Island 1
Portugal 600 19 7-23
Romania 100 2
Singapore 12-24
Slovakia 6
South Africa [5] 20 11-18
Spain 2
Sweden 7,000 80
Switzerland [6] 130 1 >6 Pfadibewegung Schweiz
Trinidad and Tobago 1893 18 11-21
United Kingdom 10,000 401 10-14 Sea Scouts (The Scout Association)
United States 15,000 14-21 Sea Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)
Girl Scouts of the USA

Eurosea seminars

Eurosea is the seminar for Sea Scouting/Guiding in the European Scout Region which take place every three years. The aims and objectives are to enable national associations to share ideas and experiences on how to develop Sea Scouting/Guiding or water-based programs in general. Participants are members of national or regional teams responsible for Sea Scouting/Guiding or developing water-based programs and representatives from associations interested in introducing Sea Scouting/Guiding.

  • Eurosea 1, 1985: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Eurosea 2, 1988: Harderhaven, Netherlands
  • Eurosea 3, 1992: Vässarö, Sweden
  • Eurosea 4, 1994: London, United Kingdom
  • Eurosea 5, 1997: Oslo, Norway
  • Eurosea 6, 2000: Olsztynek, Poland
  • Eurosea 7, 2003: São Jacinto, Aveiro, Portugal
  • Eurosea 8, 2006: Korpoo, Finland

See also


  • J.S. Wilson, Scouting 'Round the World, 1957 edition

External links

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