Sea Scouts celebrate centenary in Notts
AROUND 3,000 Sea Scouts are descending on Notts for a week of celebrations to mark their centenary.
They are coming from across the country and as far a field as Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, to take part in the National Sea Scout Centenary Jamboree.
Over the next week the Sea Scouts will take part in a range of water-based activities at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and camping on site.
The first Sea Scout camp was started in 1909 and based on the Beaulieu River at Buckler's Hard in Hampshire and on the Hamble River at training ship 'Mercury'. It was led by Warington Baden-Powell – Robert's brother.
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Deputy Scouting commissioner for Notts Matt Rooney said: "I think this means that Scouting is still relevant.
"Young people are still attracted to going outdoors and taking part in activities. I think it also means we are getting more popular as we are growing in size – I think that's a good thing.
"The Sea Scouts will be over the moon they have so many people attending the national jamboree."
Sea Scouting is a branch of Scouting – not a separate organisation.
It is based on the same fundamental Scouting aims and methods and Sea Scouts follow the core balanced programme for their section, but then add a nautical twist to the programme and activities. Sea Scouts are for girls and boys aged 10-and-a-half to 14.
When they reach 14 they can become Sea Scout Explorers until they turn 18. Sea Scouts are normally based near a canal, river or lake and their leaders are often qualified instructors in activities such as sailing and windsurfing.
Mr Rooney said it was a real coup for the jamboree to be held in Notts.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. Jamborees bring Scouts from different places together.
"Whilst together they make friends, learn about countries and cultures different to their own, they will also be talking about water related issues."