Sea Scouts & Explorer Scouts - RN Recognised Unit No. 47
Our School Scout Group is a popular out-of-school activity enjoyed primarily by boys from the school and their siblings. The Group meets on Friday evenings either at the newly refurbished Scout Hut at Bournemouth School or at our summer boating site on the Iford River near Tuckton Bridge. Throughout the year we have camps and expeditions to places such as Dartmoor, The New Forest, Quantocks and Cirencester. We partake in International events and have been to Iceland, America, Canada, Europe and Africa either as a Group or as part of an International Jamboree contingent. Locally, we are key participants in town and county Scouting events that include overnight activities, Remembrance Day service and St. George’s Day parade.
As we are Sea Scouts we also have a highly successful boating programme that includes pulling, kayaking, sailing and power boating. Our Group operates very much in a traditional way and many of our older Explorer Scouts help our younger members by passing on the skills they learnt in the Scout Troop. Explorer Scouts are also encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We are one of only 101 Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scout Groups and have an inspection by a Royal Navy Flag Officer every 18 months. High standards of uniform, training and attendance are expected. The benefits of the Royal Navy scheme allow the Group access to military sites, visits to naval warships and entry to national swimming galas, camps and football matches. These are organised by the Royal Navy units where our young people have opportunity to experience life as a naval rating by living on board a warship.
Many of our Scouts have gone on to become leading pillars in the community, including a Royal Navy Commander and a Police Commissioner. The depth and variety of activities that Scouting provides often opens up new horizons to our young people and ignites a spark of enthusiasm towards them.
Being a voluntarily lead organization, we are always on the look out for new leaders and helpers who can spare a few hours to help provide the diverse range of activities that keep our young people actively involved. The hours you can give are multiplied tenfold by the enjoyment the youngsters get from their Scouting.