Sea Scout Ship Deja Vu

I.  Preamble

100) Preamble:
  Venturing Code/Sea Promise

As a Venturer, I believe that America's strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength and traditions of our people.

I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.

I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.

I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.

I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

As a Sea Scout, I promise to do my best:

    To guard against water accidents
    To know the location and proper use of the lifesaving devices on every boat I board
    To be prepared to render aid to those in need
    To seek to preserve the motto of the sea:  Women and Children First.

II.  Introduction

200) Introduction


The elected ship officers are expected to live by and enforce the ship code and bylaws.  New members should be given a copy and asked to sign or otherwise indicate that they understand and agree to the ship code and bylaws.

III.  Ship Bylaws

300) Objectives

  The objectives of Ship 202 are:

    Seek water-based high adventure
    Become the best-trained, run, and qualified Sea Scout Ship in the nation
    Be able to respond to any situation through skills, teamwork, and leadership.

310) Membership

  Membership shall be open to all young adults of high school or college age who meet a standard age requirement of 16 years old for boys and 14 years for girls, with the exception of any boy who receivers the Eagle Scout Award after his 14th birthday and prior to his 16th birthday.  No prospective member shall be disqualified because of race, color, creed, or sex.  All members must be registered as Venturers and agree to the ship code and bylaws.

310.2  There will be no less than two (2)-registered adult Venturers at any given time.  There will be no limit, however, on the maximum number of adult Venturers.

320) Officers

  The elected officers shall be boatswain, two boatswain's mates, yeoman, and purser.  Coxswains as needed will be voted upon.  The boatswain, with the approval of the Skipper shall appoint activity chairs and make other assignments as needed.  The duties of the officers shall be as prescribed in the Venturing Leader Manual and the Sea Scout Manual.

320.2  The normal term of office shall be for one year starting on the first general meeting in July.  In the event that an officer resigns, quits, or is expelled, a temporary officer will be appointed and approved by current officers.

320.3  No member shall serve more than two successive terms in the same office.  Unless there is shown to be no opposition to the currently elected officer.  In this case there is no vote.

320.4  Elections shall commence by nomination.  On the night of the election, any other member may present nominations from the floor.  If the nomination is seconded and the candidate agrees to serve, he or she must be included on the ballot.

330) Ship Business

  Ship business will be conducted under Open Forum and the Venturing Leaders Manual.  Voting on all issues will be by simple majority, with the exception of changes or amendments to the bylaws, which will require a two-thirds vote of the total membership.

340) General Meetings

  The general meetings will follow the format set forth by the Boatswain.  This format should include Program, in the following forms: lecture, hands-on, and teaching.  It is the responsibility of the Boatswain to follow through with each program, and be sure the program is being offered to all members on an equal opportunity basis.

340.2  The activities of the general meetings will be recorded by the Yeoman or appointed substitute.  The meeting minutes will be published in hard copy in a format set forth by the Yeoman and approved by the skipper(s).

350) Officers' Meetings

  The activities of the officer's meetings will be recorded by the Yeoman or appointed substitute.  The meeting minutes will be published in hard copy in a format set forth by the Yeoman and approved by the Skipper(s).  These minutes will serve as a reference for the officers while planning activities that were discussed at the meetings.

360) Newsletter / Web site

  A web site containing current, relevant information will be kept updated.  The Yeoman will work with an appointed person on the development and maintenance of the web site.

360.2  A newsletter announcing past and future events of the ships will be delivered to the parents no less than once per year.

370) Dues

  Dues will be $15 per quarter.

370.2  January is the beginning of Ship 202's fiscal year.

380) Money-Earning Projects

  All money-earning projects must be approved by a majority vote.  Members who do not participate in their share of projects are not entitled to benefits of the funds earned.  The money earned will be put into a general fund.

390) Uniforms

  Work uniform:

  • Chambaray blue shirt
  • Navy blue slacks (dickies) or Military BDU blue cargo pants
  • Deja Vu hat

390.2  Semi-Casual Uniform:

  • Deja Vu hat
  • Deja Vu Polo shirt
  • Serviceable blue jeans or
  • Navy blue slacks (dickies) or Military BDU blue cargo pants

390.3  Dress Uniform:  The dress uniform shall be the Dress Blue uniform as prescribed by the fleet.

390.4  To national events, the ship will wear Sea Scout/Navy whites

390.5  All uniforms except whites are to be provided by the member.  Uniform items from the fleet uniform room will be provided upon inquiry at no cost to the member.

3100) Treasury

  All checks will require one signature, either from the Purser or from Treasury Skipper

3100.2  An assigned Ship Committee member will ensure that the youth purser is doing his/her job and will assess quarterly audits.

3100.3  All budgets must be adopted by the ship in a majority vote and approved by the Ship Committee.

3100.4  Purser is expected to give a budget report at every officer meeting.

3100.5  The ship will only pay for driving expenses if three hours long, and accounted for in advance.

3100.6  The ships debit card will be held by the skipper.  All receipts must be provided to the purser or committee treasurer for proper record keeping.

3200) Expulsion

  The Skipper will drop any member from the ship violating the Ship Bylaws and/or BSA policy after one formal warning.

3300) Limited Powers

  Any of the above bylaws or below amendments are secondary to the national, council, and district guidelines, as well as the guide to safe scouting.  When inserting Council or National Guidelines to Ship 202's Constitution and Bylaws, there is no vote needed.  The Boatswain can outline and make minor changes to document in order to adhere to the higher bodies' rules and regulations.

3300.2  Ship 202 may not edit these higher rules in anyway.  Ship 202 must adhere to all higher rulings, and respect those decisions.

3300.3  Any Rules not outlined by district, council, or national venturing, are left to the Ship, to decide upon as outlined in section 330.

IV. Amendments