Advancement is an important part of the Sea Scout experience.  These experiences help Sea Scouts to set realistic goals to achieve rank, accomplish projects, and gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  There are many opportunities for advancement in Sea Scouts.  Included are the trails to Eagle and Quartermaster.  Each of these trails is a highlight experience, but each requires the Sea Scout to set his (or her, in the case of the Quartermaster Award) own goals and follow through to achievement.  The requirements for advancement were designed by Sea Scout youth to establish standards of performance for all Sea Scouts.