Steps to

How to Get Involved

Adult Leaders & Parents

Ways to Volunteer

We're grateful if each family can find a way for parents to participate and pitch in to help.  We have roles that need filling, or just help with planning and managing activities.  We try to have a quarterly parent meeting, or you can always talk to any of the adult leaders during the Scout meetings. 

Sea Scout Adult Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities
As Adult Leaders take on more responsiblities there are associated trainings to complete. Sea Scouting Adult Leader Training is great first training to take for an overview of the being a Sea Scout Adult Leader.


We have been suggesting dues of $400/year (which works out to about $25/month plus the Scouts BSA $80-ish membership fee).  If you did an online application, or multiplied from another Scouting unit, then you probably already paid the BSA dues.  If you joined midyear, your dues are prorated to the remaining months (for example, if you join in February, then you pay for 10 months at $25/month = $250). Most families pay all at once, but several do it monthly - we just ask that you keep track of it yourself, as our treasurer is a volunteer and shouldn't have to chase you down for payments!

Make payment by Venmo to @SantaCruz-SeaScouts, or bring cash or check to meeting.

Activity Fees

We have occasional activity fees, which we’ll collect for at the time (like if we ask a kayak outfit to take us out, or if we attend a camp) - attendance in those is optional of course.


The place to for parents and scouts to register with our program. Once registered you can visit your dashboard to view and RSVP to events.

Sign up and complete required adult leader trainings
Register and pay for your adult membership

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Steps to Becoming a Adult Leader

Adult leaders are needed to support scout outings. Sea Scouts follow BSA's policies for the safety and well-being of its members. Learn more about Youth Protection & Adult Leadership. The steps below summarize what is needed to be an adult leader.

Here are the steps and resources to become an Adult Scout Leader.

  1. Take the Youth Protection Training (YPT) at
    1. This is a 4 part, ~2 hour online training that ends with a short examination that is passed results in certification
  2. The Guide to Safe Scouting
  3. Scout Adult Leader Registration
    1. After completing the YPT will complete the Adult Leader Registration which is pretty much a background check process and costs ~$60.
  4. California Mandated Reporter training
    1. Learn how to access the state website for training and how to obtain a Live Scan background check.
      1. Take State Mandated Reporter Training
      2. Upload Your Training Certificate
      3. Bring Live Scan Service Form to a Live Scan Site to have your finger prints scanned. Expect to pay $35-$55
  5. Get your CA Boater Card (Recommended)

Sea Scout (Youth)

Register / Sign Up At

The place for parents and scouts to register with our program. Once registered you can visit your dashboard to view and RSVP to events. Always RSVP to events

Communications & Resources



  • 1st Wednesdays - activity planning
  • 2nd Wednesdays - fun only!  Movie, pizza party, swimming, night time visit to boat, etc
  • 3rd Wednesdays - rank advancement

Meetings take place at the Boys & Girls Club in Downtown Santa Cruz 7:00-8:30pm


  • Sea Scout Manual:  online version or we can print it out, just ask.
  • Be prepared to pass the swim test.  We schedule one every few months, as part of a swim party at the Boys & Girls Club
  • California Boaters Card (you'll want to start studying this and pass this test with 2 months of joining Sea Scouts): 


REQUIRED SHIRT: button down class A shirt (this is for work and meetings)

  • Mens -
  • Womens -


CLASS B “CASUAL” SHIRT: for Regattas and work parties - $10, Ship has stock of these.



  • pants are just any dark blue slacks like these (but I can usually find something suitable at the thrift store!):


BALL CAP: There are two choices for the ball cap, which is a required part of our uniform