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About Ship 1701 "Enterprise"

The mission of Sea Scout Ship 1701 "Enterprise" is to provide a meaningful introduction to the traditions and skills of the sea while promoting the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America; to engage high school/college age young men and women of the Southwest Houston area for the purpose of developing technical and leadership skills in a dynamic nautical environment. This program is for the members and by the members. Throughout all facets of our operations we will focus on developing peer leadership, problem solving, ethics and industrious work habits while having fun at the same time. Ship 1701 is chartered by Bellaire United Methodist Church and meets in the Scout House located at the South-West corner of the intersection of Bellaire Blvd and Newcastle Dr (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401). Meetings days are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 1300-1430 (1:00-2:30PM) at the Scout House, with on the water activities per the unit calendar.

About Sea Scouts

To be eligible to be a Sea Scout, a youth must be at least 13 years of age and have graduated from the eighth grade OR be 14 year of age, but not yet reached 21 years of age.

The Purpose of Sea Scouts

For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

The Sea Scout Program

Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes. They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t find anywhere else. Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, find adventure, and build long lasting friendships.

Sea Scout Pillars


The best part of Sea Scouts is cruising and mastering the skills you learn with your shipmates. On board a vessel you share hands-on experiences as helmsman and navigator, lookout and cook, sail handler and engineer. You and your shipmates will plan and conduct your annual cruise – summer camp underway. Imagine sailing the Caribbean, cruising to Alaska, fishing, swimming, diving, snorkeling or anything else your ship wants to do!


Sea Scouts is youth led and adult mentored. You and your shipmates lead your Sea Scout program. Elected youth leaders plan and conduct the program and adult leaders guide and support your efforts as you learn important leadership and life skills. As you gain experience you will have the opportunity to contribute as a leader in your ship. Sea Scouts are recognized and rewarded for the things they learn and do. You can earn valuable certifications in SCUBA, boating safety, lifesaving, and CPR, as well as advance in rank from Apprentice to Quartermaster. Each certification and level of advancement marks your growth as a sailor and a leader.


Sea Scouts take service very seriously. Sea Scouts perform various kinds of service from service to their ship, to community service. They participate service such as river or beach clean-up efforts, food drives, and youth programs. Sea Scouts also participate in flag ceremonies, and serve as honor guards at various community events.


Sea Scouts provides opportunities to share experiences with other young people who share your interests. As your ship participates in fun and exciting activities like sailing regattas, rowing races, and rendezvous, you’ll learn and grow with your shipmates. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet Sea Scouts from other parts of your community, the nation, and even the world!

Sea Scout History

Sea Scouting was initially developed in 1910 by Warington Baden-Powell in England, the brother of Robert Baden-Powell who founded the world-wide Scouting movement. Warrington BP was an avid sailor and was very instrumental in developing the sports of kayaking and canoeing in the UK and US. He also made a number of remarkable explorations of the Amazon basin using canoes and kayaks and helped establish flat-water canoeing as an Olympic sport. The founders of Sea Scouting in the United States are Arthur A. Carey of Waltham, Massachusetts and Charles T. Longstreth of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both leaders independently established Sea Scout groups in the summer of 1912. This accomplishment was recorded in the inaugural issue of Scouting.