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.
A Highly Exclusive List: Quartermasters
We are proud of our rich history of Quartermasters here in the Long Beach Area Council. This is a highly distinguished list. Please note the Quartermasters listed below by year.
- 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.
Complete the 11 special skills required for Quartermaster, which include:
- Marlinespike Seamanship
- Boat Handling
- Navigation Rules
Complete four of the following electives: sailing, engine, radio, boat maintenance, electricity, navigation, drill, piloting, rigging, yacht racing crew.