Introduction to Sea Scouting
Sea Scouting has the same Purpose and Values as any other Scout Troop, and delivers the same Programme, but with a nautical twist.
All young people in Scouting have the opportunity to enjoy water activities, but in Sea Scouting, considerable emphasis is on these activities, and many aspects of naval and nautical traditions are incorporated.
Sea Scouting is available to young people from the age of 10½ through Sea Scout Troops and Explorer Sea Scout Units.
In the Scout section, Sea Scouting may exist as a Sea Scout Group, or there may be a Sea Scout Patrol within a typical Scout Troop.
Explorer Sea Scouts can be found in Units. They may be linked through partnership agreements to Sea Scout Groups, water activity centres or as part of other District-based units. Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts in a Sea Scout Group follow the same programme as all other Beavers and Cubs, albeit with the likelihood of some water-based activities being included in the programme.
Sea Scouts and Explorer Sea Scouts regularly get involved in a wide range of water activities from canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, pulling (rowing) and narrow boating to power boating and offshore sailing. Sea Scouts also find time for many of the traditional scouting activities, such as camping and hiking, and other activities within the Scouting Programme.
Sea Scouts may wear a light blue shirt or dark blue jumper and a Sea Scout cap.
Leaders of Sea Scout Troops and Explorer Sea Scout Units wear the Sea Scout Leader's uniform.
Further information about Sea Scout uniform, and the placement of badges, can be found in Chapter 10 of POR.
Uniform and other items can be purchased from Scout Store.
There is an occasional badge available to mark 100 years of our partnership with the Royal Navy in 2019. This can be worn on uniform throughout the year, by anyone wishing to celebrate the occasion.