5th Gosport Sea Scout Group

Royal Navy Recognition No 82
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District Beaver Christmas Party

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Christmas Tree at St. Marys' Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival

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Welcome to the 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group website

We are one of the largest groups within the Gosport District and are also one of 101 groups that hold Royal Navy Recognition. Retaining this ensures that we keep our standards as high as we possibly can at all times.

The Royal Navy shows its support for Sea Scouting by offering a 'Recognition' scheme to 101 Sea Scout Groups or Units at any one time. This involves regular inspections and the rewards for membership are both financial and in the form of access to facilities and events. The scheme dates back to 1919 following the impressive service Scouts gave during World War I in such duties as "coast watching". Royal Navy Recognition has recently been reaffirmed by a substantial upgrading of the support offered.

Our Sections

We have a Beaver Colony (for 6 - 8 year olds) who meet on Tuesday evenings, a Cub Pack (8 - 10½) that meets on Mondays and a Scout Troop (10½ - 14) that meet on Fridays.

Details of our meeting times are shown on the individual section pages, as well as in our Group Diary.

What is "Sea Scouting"?

Sea Scouting is the branch of the Movement that specialises in water activities. Although most Scouts have the opportunity for boating activities, such as sailing and canoeing, the Sea Scout programme also incorporates many aspects of naval and nautical traditions.

Robert Baden-Powell grew up being constantly reminded of his family's naval connections, his maternal grandfather being Admiral William Smyth. In 1872, when he was 15, Baden-Powell accompanied his brothers on a cross-country expedition by collapsible canoe. They slept in tents and cooked their meals over open fires. Little wonder then that B-P was to write later on in his life that he started his Scouting as a Sea Scout.

Sea Scouting had its beginning at a campfire in England when Baden-Powell voiced the hope that older Scouts would be interested in learning about boat management and seamanship. He stressed the need for young men to prepare themselves for service on their country's ships. Sea Scouting was introduced by Baden-Powell with the assistance of his brother, Warington Baden-Powell, K.C., an Admiralty lawyer, sailor, and inventor of canoe sailing. Lord Baden-Powell personally held a Scout camp at Bucklers Hard, Hampshire in August 1909 which marked the start of Sea Scouts, though they were not officially named such until 1912. Warington Baden-Powell wrote the handbook Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys in 1910 with a foreword by Robert Baden-Powell. A special uniform was approved in 1910. It was enthusiastically received by the young men of Britain and soon found its way to the rest of the world.

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