Sea Scouts - ScoutHelp

Sea Scout Groups are similar to normal Scout Groups. The Beaver and Cub Sections are exactly the same but the Scout Section puts a special emphasis on water activities. This means that, as well as doing all the normal activities associated with scouting, Sea Scouts will get extra opportunities to do water based activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing and powerboating.

There are only 101 Sea Scout Groups in the UK, which are recognized by the Royal Navy. To ensure these groups meet the high standards laid down by the Admiralty, each group is subject to follow-up inspections every 18 months by a serving Royal Navy Officer.

The recognition scheme dates back to to 1919 following the impressive service Scouts gave during World War 1 in such duties such as "coast watching". The founder, Lord Baden Powell was originally a Sea Scouts.

Troops that are recognized can be identified by the Admiralty "crown and anchor" badge worn on their uniforms.

Sea Scout Groups often have a nickname usually named after a past or present Royal Navy ship.

The scout association has produced a number of activity badges to support Sea Scouting Activities...

Royal Navy recognition

Some Sea Scout Groups apply for RN recognition. This entails an annual inspection on all aspects of the programme, the achievement of required nautical skills standards and a review of naval traditions. Groups who qualify can wear the RN Recognition badge, attend RN activities, have access to MOD sites and have access to the RN fund for Sea Scout Groups.

Sea Scout Badges

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