Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award
The Quartermaster Award, which stands for excellence, goes to the young adult who attains the highest rank in Sea Scouts. The award is a reminder that as a ship needs a rudder, a compass, and a moving force to reach its destination, so an individual must be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight to achieve worthwhile goals in life. It represents fulfillment. It results from a young adult's determination to reach goals that he or she has set and achieved in spite of difficulties along the way.
The award is rich in symbolism. The blue ribbon stands for loyalty and country. The compass suggests the importance of carefully chosen direction in life. The wheel reminds us that we are the guide of our own future and that we must persevere with self-discipline. The Scout badge, the emblem of purposeful brotherhood, has challenged and strengthened the lives of more than 40 million men. It shows Sea Scouting as an important part of the Scouting tradition. The anchor reminds us that a truly worthy life must be anchored in duty to God.
This badge of color, beauty, and symbolism, but most of all, challenge, awaits every Sea Scout who has the determination to achieve excellence.
- Ideals. Must lead a discussion on the ideals stated in the Sea Promise and prepare a written analysis of one aspect of the ship’s program.
- Membership. Attend at least 75 percent of ship meetings and activities for 18 months. Present a talk on Sea Scouts.
- Leadership. Conduct a Quartermaster Project and serve as an elected officer or as activity chair for three major events. Command a 40 hour Quartermaster Cruise.
Special Skills. Complete the 11 special skills required for Quartermaster, which include:
- Marlinespike Seamanship
- Boat Handling
- Navigation Rules
Electives. Complete four of the following electives: sailing, engine, radio, boat maintenance, electricity, navigation, drill, piloting, rigging, yacht racing crew.
Follow the directions in the most current edition of the Guide to Advancement. Give the application for rank advancement to your Skipper, who will present it to the ship’s officers. 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 (420-015) 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 that you can submit it again.
Bridge of Honor
As soon as possible after an application has been reviewed and approved, it should be forwarded through the proper channels. The badge is secured and then presented at an impressive ceremony soon after it has been earned.
The bridge of honor is the ideal occasion for presenting awards. Traditionally, the bridge of honor is held in connection with a social affair. Although this is a good idea, it need not always be done this way.
It is important that each Sea Scout get his or her award as soon as possible. Sometimes there is an unavoidable delay between the date of approval and the bridge of honor. If this happens, the award may be presented informally at a ship meeting and then presented again formally at your next bridge of honor.
Coast Guard Recognition
Sea Scouts who earn the Quartermaster award can also receive a recognition certificate from the United States Coast Guard.
To obtain a certificate, the Skipper or Committee Chairperson should send a request, including the recipient's name; date of the award; ship number and name; and the name, address, and telephone number of a contact person to:
Michael P. Leavitt
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
2100 Second St., S.W. Room 2216
Washington, DC 20593
This certificate should be presented along with the award at the recipient's Bridge of Honor - Be sure to send your request at least six weeks in advance to ensure that the certificate will have arrived on time.
Councils (only) may order Quartermaster insignia from the BSA National Distribution Center:
- Medal, No. 14119
- Embroidered emblem, No. 04100
- Square knot, No. 05009