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Forming or changing to a Sea Scout Group or Unit

A Group or Unit may decide to become a Sea Scout Group or Unit, and change their uniform accordingly, if water activities play a major part in the Programme.  

The District Commissioner must be informed of proposed developments at the very earliest opportunity. Contact should then be made with the Assistant County Commissioner (Activities), and either the Assistant County Commissioner (Water Activities), or the County Water Activities Adviser as appropriate. The District Commissioner will be able to help make contact where necessary.

Scout Troops

It can be useful to start a Sea Scout Patrol within a Scout Troop and to operate this on an experimental basis for a period. No change to the Registration form (C2) is required but the DC must give his approval. Groups in which the Scout Troop is a Sea Scout Troop may adopt the title Sea Scout Group.

A large Group with more than one Troop may decide to have one specializing in water activities and become a Sea Scout Troop. The DC would need to approve such a change in writing.

A Group changing from Scout to Sea Scout should incorporate the word ‘Sea Scout’ in their official registered title. The Change of Registration form (C2) should be used and must be submitted to Headquarters in triplicate in accordance with the instructions on the form. The Group’s original registration number and date will not be affected.

Explorer Units

As part of the District Explorer Scout provision, and with the DC’s agreement, it is possible to form an Explorer Sea Scout Unit, possibly in partnership with a Sea Scout Group. This can be of great value in motivating young people to remain in the Movement and in providing practical help for members of a Sea Scout Troop.

Specific guidance for Sea Scout Groups or Units

There are no special minimum standards for Sea Scout Groups or Units, and as with all Groups or Unit, young people should access a Scouting Programme which is balanced.  However, the following guidance is good practise:


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