Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts

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The defaced ensign flown by RN Recognised Sea Scout Groups

There are 103 Sea Scout Groups in the United Kingdom and one group in Gibraltar who are affiliated to the Royal Navy in order to foster a close relationship between the Royal Navy and young people in the Scout Association by making naval facilities and equipment accessible.[1] It is seen as a mark of great honour by the Groups holding RN Recognition.

History[edit]

Sea Scouting in the U.K. began in 1908, one year after the establishment of Scouting itself. During World War I Sea Scouts performed duties as coastal lookouts and messengers and, in recognition of these deeds, were formally recognised by the Admiralty Board in 1919, this allowed them access to Naval equipment and facilities whilst still remaining independent of any Naval control.

During World War II the scheme was converted so that Sea Scout groups who show themselves able to reach certain levels of proficiency could apply for stores and grants to help train young men in basic seamanship before entering military service. The scheme has been running since then, overseen by Second Sea Lord / Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and regulated by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Scout Association.

Although there are some 425-450 Sea Scout groups throughout the U.K., the MoD recognises a maximum of 101. In order to remain in the scheme groups must maintain high standards. Any Sea Scout group can apply for recognition subject to certain criteria laid down in the MOA.[2]

Unlike the Sea Cadet Corps, Sea Scouts are not financially supported by the MoD, apart from an annual capitation grant to the Scout Association. The driving force behind groups applying for and remaining in the Royal Naval recognition scheme is the kudos and associated pride.

Privileges[edit]

The Admiralty Pennant also worn by RN Recognised Sea Scout Groups

There are a number of privileges afforded to Groups that make it into the top 101, including:

  • Leaders, Explorers, Scouts and Cubs wear Royal Navy Recognition Badge.
  • Group wears defaced Red Ensign and flies Admiralty Pennant.
  • Eligible to attend Big Four Events:
  • Eligible to utilise HMS BRISTOL's facilities and RN Sailing Centre Assets.
  • Visit Portsmouth Heritage area attractions at heavily discounted rates.
  • Annual payment to the Scout Association (Admiralty Fund) based on a per capita payment for each Scout and Explorer Scout plus an allowance for certain badges as detailed in the Memorandum of Agreement.
  • Eligible to apply for grants from Scout Association for purchase of equipment and boats.
  • On joining an initial Stores outfit is issued.

Inspection[edit]

Groups are inspected every 18 months by the RN Staff Officer (Sea Scouts), a Lieutenant Commander who works for Flag Officer Sea Training. This is a formal inspection, usually alternating between water-borne and land based, where the Groups can show off their skills and worthiness to be recognised by the RN.

Recognised Groups[edit]

RN Number Group Website
01 4th Gillingham (Rainham) Sea Scouts http://www.4thgillingham.co.uk/
02 3rd Portchester Sea Scouts http://www.3rdportchesterscouts.org.uk/
03 1st Oulton Broad Sea Scouts http://1stoultonbroadseascouts.org/
04 13th Ipswich Sea Scouts http://www.13thipswich.co.uk/
05 4th Epping Forest South Sea Scouts http://www.bancrofts.org/index.php/our-school/12-senior-school-information/113-sea-scouts
06 Newbold-on-Stour Sea Scouts
07 Guernsey Sea Scouts
08 3rd Wallsall Sea Scouts http://www.killock.co.uk/
09 2nd Cowes Sea Scouts http://www.isleofwight-scouts.org.uk/Groups/WestWight/Cowes/Overview.aspx
10 1st Batchworth Sea Scouts http://www.batchworth.org/
11 1st Lytham St Annes Sea Scouts http://www.1stlsa.co.uk/
12 15th Macclesfield Sea Scouts
13 5th Barry Sea Scouts http://www.5thbarryseascouts.org.uk/
14 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts http://2wk.org.uk/
15 2nd Reading Sea Scouts
16 36th Epping Forest (South) Sea Scouts http://www.36efsscouts.org.uk/
17 18th Inverness Sea Scouts http://www.invernessseascouts.org.uk/
18 4th Dovercourt Sea Scouts
19 1st West Bay Sea Scouts
20 4th/6th Leigh-on-Sea Sea Scouts http://www.4th6thleigh.org/
21 8th Faversham Sea Scouts
22 4th New Forest East (Hythe) http://www.hytheseascouts.org.uk
23 3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts http://www.3rd5thlancingseascouts.org.uk/
24 1st Hertford Sea Scouts http://www.hertfordscoutsappeal.org.uk/
25 25th Southampton Sea Scouts http://www.25th-southampton.org.uk/
26 8th Norwich Sea Scouts http://8thnorwich.org.uk/
27 64th Birkenhead Sea Scouts http://www.birkenheadseascouts.org.uk/
28 2nd Abingdon Sea Scout Group http://www.2absg.org.uk/
29 6th Torbay Britannia Sea Scouts http://www.6thTorbayBritannia.org.uk
30 Leander (Kingston) Sea Scouts http://www.leanderseascouts.co.uk/
31 14th Tonbridge Sea Scouts http://14thtonbridge.org/default.aspx
32 3rd South Shields Sea Scouts http://www.3rdsoshieldsseascouts.org.uk/
33 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts
34 9th Stafford Sea Scouts http://www.staffordseascouts.org.uk/
35 3rd Frodsham Sea Scouts http://www.cheshire-scouts.org.uk/index.php?option=com_uhp2&task=viewpage&Itemid=9999999&user_id=1422
36 1st Kings Norton Sea Scouts
37 6th Shoreham Sea Scouts (Closed)
38 11th Torbay Sea Scouts http://www.11thtorbay.co.uk/
39 4th Streatham Sea Scouts (Princess Marie Louise's Own) http://the4thstreatham.net/
40 3rd Bingley Sea Scouts https://sites.google.com/site/3rdbingley/
41 1st Tyne Sea Scouts http://1sttyneseascouts.co.uk/#
42 10th Christchurch Sea Scouts
43 1st Corsham Sea Scouts http://www.corshamscouts.org.uk/
44 4th Heswall Sea Scouts
45 1st Lilliput Sea Scouts http://www.lilliputseascouts.co.uk
46 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts http://www.2ndbeeston.org.uk/
47 35th Bournemouth Sea Scouts
48 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts
49 4th Allerton Sea Scouts
50 Holy Trinity (Margate) Sea Scouts http://www.rn50.org.uk/
51 1st Felpham Sea Scouts
52 17th Colchester Sea Scouts
53 6th Itchen South (Hamble) Sea Scouts http://www.hambleseascouts.org.uk/
54 12th Halifax Sea Scouts
55 1st St Peter in Thanet http://www.1ststpetersseascouts.co.uk/
56 Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts http://www.pandhseascouts.org.uk/
57 1st Clifton Sea Scouts http://www.yorkseascouts.org.uk/
58 1st/10th Sutton Coldfield Sea Scouts (Indomitable) http://www.suttonseascouts.org.uk
59 8th Worthing Sea Scouts http://www.8thworthing.org.uk/
60 4th Thames Ditton (Ajax) Sea Scouts http://www.ajax.org.uk/
61 2nd Durrington Sea Scouts http://www.2nddurrington.org.uk/
62 9th New Forest South (Lymington) Sea Scouts
63 1st Watchet Sea Scouts
64 19th Exeter Sea Scouts
65 1st Bungay Sea Scouts
66 21st Sunderland Sea Scouts
67 6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts http://www.6thramsgate.org.uk
68 1st Blofield & Brundall Sea Scouts http://www.1stblofieldandbrundall.org.uk/
69 1st Luton Sea Scouts
70 11th Norwich Sea Scouts http://11thnorwich.ukscouts.org.uk/
71 1st Thorpe St Andrew Sea Scouts http://www.firstthorpescouts.org.uk
72 19th Tynemouth Sea Scouts http://www.19tynemouthseascouts.org.uk/
73 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts http://www.3rdcb.org.uk/
74 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts http://www.jaguarseascouts.org.uk/
75 4th Knowle Sea Scout Group http://www.knowleseascouts.org.uk/
76 2nd Deal Sea Scouts http://2nddealseascouts.org/
77 1st Cleethorpes Sea Scouts
78 30th Norwich Sea Scouts
79 1st Cogenhoe Sea Scouts
80 27th High Wycombe Sea Scouts
81 Dartford Cambria Sea Scouts http://www.CambriaSeaScouts.org/
82 5th Gosport Sea Scouts http://www.5thgosportseascouts.org.uk/
83 1st Reading Sea Scouts
84 3rd Poole Sea Scouts http://www.3rdpoole.co.uk/
85 17th Sutton Coldfield Sea Scouts
86 1st Rhu Sea Scouts
87 1st Barry Sea Scouts
88 1st Warsash Sea Scout Group
89 9th Itchen Sea Scouts
90 29th Glasgow Sea Scouts http://www.29thglasgow.org.uk/
91 6th Newark Sea Scouts
92 2nd Fareham Sea Scouts http://2ndfareham.org/
93 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts
94 15th Long Eaton Sea Scouts
95 1st Cuddington Sea Scouts http://www.warspite.org.uk/
96 4th Canvey Island Sea Scouts http://www.4ci.org.uk/about/rn-recognition/
97 6th Barry Sea Scouts
98 1st Standlake & Cokethorpe http://group.rn98.co.uk/
99 4th New Forest North Sea Scouts http://www.elingseascouts.org.uk/
100 6th Falmouth Sea Scouts http://www.6thfalmouth.org.uk/
101 5th Gibraltar Sea Scouts http://gibseascouts.terapad.com/
102 33rd Oxford (Kidlington) Sea Scouts http://www.kidlingtonseascouts.org.uk/
103 1st Hampton Hill Sea Scouts (Achilles) http://www.hamptonseascouts.org/

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RN Community Website - Sea Scouts Page
  2. ^ Memorandum Of Agreement Between The Ministry Of Defence And The Scout Association For Royal Navy Recognised Groups Of Sea Scouts, revised 1999

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