The Group

Founded in 1933 by Mr Charles Brundrett, 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts originally met in a barn in Prinsted Lane. In 1975 a new headquarters was built on the waterfront at Prinsted and remains there to this day. The HQ has been much improved and extended over the years with the most recent addition being an upper level extension overlooking the harbour with changing and shower rooms below. The group has had a continued and very successful history providing thousands of local young persons with an opportunity to benefit from Sea Scouting.

Old Group Photo

Sea Scouts on the shore at Prinsted (date unknown)

Great opportunities are available to any young person who wishes to ”go for it” with a degree of commitment. The group currently has the following sections:

  • 1 Beaver Colony of around 25 Beavers (Aged 6-8)  Meeting on Tuesdays from 1730 to 1900
  • 1 Cub Pack of around 35 Cubs (Aged 8 – 10 ½)  Meeting on Saturdays from 0900 – 1030
  • 2 Scout Troops each with around 30 Scouts (Aged 10 ½ to 14 ½) Meeting on Thursdays and Fridays from 1900 – 2100
  • 1 Explorer Scout Troop of around 40 Explorers (Aged 14 ½  to 18) Meeting on Mondays from 1930 – 2130

The Group has very strong water-oriented activities for members and is formatted to have access to excellent facilities and craft for training.  Emphasis on safety is always paramount. The Group has always maintained high standards of boating and an activity programme with canoes, kayaks, sailing boats, pulling boats and power craft. We are very fortunate to have easy access to Chichester Harbour although are very dependent on the tide for the timings of our activities from our headquarters. The Group has been Royal Navy Recognised for many years and is one of around 100 groups that hold this distinction in the UK. RN Recognition requires an annual inspection to ensure standards of smartness and achievement are maintained and also means that our group has access to some Royal Navy facilities and resources including an annual camp on HMS Bristol berthed at Whale Island in Portsmouth.