Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award
The Quartermaster Award, which stands for excellence, goes to the
young adult who attains the highest rank in Sea Scouting. 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
This badge of color, beauty, and symbolism, but most of all,
challenge, awaits every Venturer who has the determination to achieve
- Ideals. Must lead a discussion on "participating citizenship"
and submit a paper on the "World Brotherhood of Scouting."
- Membership. Attend at least 75 percent of ship meetings and
activities for 18 months. Present a talk on Sea Scouting and
complete a service project.
- Special Skills. Complete the 11 special skills required for
Quartermaster, which include:
- Marlinspike Seamanship
- Ground Tackle
- First Aid
- Rules of the Road
- Electives. Complete four of the following electives: sailing,
engine, radio, boat maintenance, electricity, navigation, drill,
piloting, rigging, yacht racing crew.
Give the application for rank advancement to your Skipper, who will
present it to the officers at their monthly meeting. As they review
your application, they are primarily concerned with your understanding
of the ideals of Sea Scouting 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 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 Sea Scout Ship Skipper or Committee
Chairperson should send a request, including the recipeint's name;
date of the award; Ship number and name; and the name, address, and
telephone number of a contact person to:
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 requrest at least
six weeks in advance to ensure that the certificate will have arrived
The Quartermaster Award medal, No. 04148, is available only through
the Venturing Division. Councils (only) may order these pieces from the
BSA National Distribution Center:
- Embroidered emblem, No. 04100
- Square knot, No. 05009