U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
9th Coast Guard District
ADVISORY ON AUXILIARY INTERACTION WITH YOUTH GROUPS
24 MAR 2011
NACO (Jim Vass) has issued a letter explaining the following policy
. Please take the time to review it prior to acting on the following policy.
4 MAR 2011
The following is provided from the Chief Director for your awareness in response to concerns that have
recently been expressed by some Auxiliary regions about interaction between Auxiliary units and youth groups.
- As the Auxiliary does not have a structured youth program, primary Coast Guard guidance about youth
group interaction is limited to prohibition of certain activities rather than definition of specific authorized
activities. This guidance can be found in section 2.B.21 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual (COMDTINST M16790.1 series)
"Programs NOT Authorized for Auxiliarists:
Auxiliarists and Auxiliary units are not authorized to directly sponsor any youth
groups or training programs such as:
- Jaycee Jr. Yacht Clubs.
- Youth Regatta Programs.
- Sea Exploring.
- Boy/Girl Scouts.
- Jr. ROTC.
- Naval Sea Cadets.
- Similar organizational entities unless specifically approved by the Commandant.
PE (Public Education) programs or Coast Guard active duty prototype support initiatives may be offered, but Auxiliary
participation in such programs (other than PE and other support activities specifically approved by the Commandant)
shall be as a private citizen, not as an Auxiliarist. This sponsorship prohibition does not restrict providing the
normal Auxiliary programs available to any other citizen or organization within the scope of available personnel and
equipment resources to do so, or in attending such functions as the National Scouting Jamborees or similar events."
- Sponsorship refers to a relationship in which an Auxiliary unit would pay for, plan, support, and/or carry out programs,
projects, or activities for a youth group that clearly convey organizational responsibility for the group and from which the
Auxiliary unit might derive consideration or benefit. A classic example of youth group sponsorship is that of a local
community business that sponsors a Little League baseball team. While such a sponsorship may benefit the local community,
it is neither appropriate nor necessary for the Auxiliary given the scope of its authority to support Recreational Boating
Safety (RBS) and other specific Coast Guard missions. This does not preclude Auxiliary programmatic engagement with youth
groups to the extent that existing agreements and policies allow. For example, there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
between the Auxiliary and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps that defines expectations and practices between each organization as they
work together to meet common goals. On the other hand, an MOU probably does not exist between a typical Auxiliary flotilla
and a local middle school sailing club, but that would not preclude a flotilla boat crew from taking the sailing club members
on a local patrol, if requested, as guests in order to demonstrate Auxiliary surface operations in a relevant marine environment.
Both of these examples represent authorized Auxiliary engagement opportunities with youth groups that are constructive,
mutually beneficial, and which fall within an acceptable scope of employment for the Coast Guard.
- Working with youth requires Auxiliary members to be cognizant of applicable legal issues such as having parental
permission and chaperons present during activities. Before Auxiliarists engage in Auxiliary support of approved youth
activities, they should consult their DSO-LP for guidance.
- These policies will not appreciably change with the forthcoming Auxiliary Manual update, and this information is
encouraged to be shared along Auxiliary leadership and program chains.
Chief, Administration Branch (CG-54211)
Auxiliary Division (CG-5421)
Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety (CG-542)