What is a Midshipman? No – we’re not shipping you off to Annapolis. Much like cadets who are not yet fully trained to become Naval Officers, our Midshipmen are Boy Scouts who have not yet met the requirements to Join Sea Scouts. However, they may participate in program without earning rank. You are not registered with the Ship, and must remain with your Troop. But we can take you sailing in accordance with BSA guidelines.
Requirements to be a Midshipman
- Be at least 12yo.
- Be registered as a member of the Boy Scouts of America in good standing with the National Capital Area Council. This is required to ensure you are covered by the BSA Liability Insurance.
- To find a troop near you, visit www.beascout.org.
- Attain First Class Rank and hold a BSA Totin’ Chip.
- Sign the Ship 100 Code of Conduct
- Midshipman Dues apply. These dues help contribute to the overall cost of operations.
- Obtain and maintain in good order a Ship 100 Activity Uniform. Midshipman do not wear the Sea Scout Uniform. They wear the BSA Field Uniform for dress events.
- Participate in at least 50% of meetings and eligible events, including weekenders, sailing, formal events and service projects. This includes working on the boat. (That seagull poo isn’t going to fall off the boat by itself!)
- Learn and repeat the Sea Scout Promise.
- Remain an active member of your home Troop.
- Midshipmen may earn rank requirements for Boy Scouts if a signed agreement with the Troop is in place. See the Ship’s leadership for more information.
- You graduate from the Midshipman Program
- You must register as a Sea Scout to continue in the program.
- You may either
- (a) remain in your Boy Scout Troop or
- (b) continue exclusively as a Sea Scout
If you are a girl:
CHANGE! Effective 2019, BSA will have available program for girls. So girls may be Midshipmen too. But like the Navy – we’re not changing the term Midshipmen.
We are happy to work with groups like American Heritage Girls, Campfire USA, or the Girl Scouts. However, you would need to have liability coverage through your unit. BSA units can host visitors on the water once, but after the first sail, we require liability coverage from your unit and a “Hold Harmless” agreement with the BSA.