About the Group



3rd Portchester Sea Scout Group was formed in 1947 and since then has thrived in Portchester, which lies on the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour. 

We welcome anyone who wants to join and, at present, have around 200 members. 
RN Recognition Badge
We are one of only 103 groups recognised by the Royal Navy as having exceptional standards, which are formally inspected approximately every 18 monthsOur RN Recognition allows us to take part in special activities arranged through the Royal Navy, including an annual summer camp on HMS Bristol, and the use of a range of facilities and equipment. RN recognition also allows us to wear a special badge on our uniform to signify our status. 

Most of our Leaders have British CanoeingBritish Rowing and/or Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing and power boating. As such, we can provide high level training to young people and adults. We're also a registered British Rowing club and the only local Scout Group that are a British Canoeing affiliated club

The group is committed to the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people through an adventurous and challenging training programme so they can take a constructive place in society. We do our best to cater for members with special needs. We're also registered charity number 271605. 

The Group consists of two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, three Scout Troops and an Explorer Unit. 


Beavers Logo
Our two Beaver Scout Colonies cater for our youngest members (aged 6 to 8) and take their names from our rich local history. They get up to a range of fun activities, including playing lots of games, going on trips, making things, outdoor adventures, investigating nature and learning how to be safe. 

Roman Colony

Camp fire

Roman Colony meets on Tuesdays. 

Castle Colony

Beavers at Lyons Copse

Castle Colony meets on Wednesdays. 

Cubs Logo
For those aged 8 to 10½ there are our two Cub Scout Packs, which take their names from birds of prey. They do everything the Beavers do and even some of the more adventurous activities that the Scouts get up to, including trying out water activities. Both Packs often work together and go on trips and camping together, building on their teamwork. 

Osprey Pack

Cubs on Brownsea Island

Osprey Pack meets on Tuesdays. 

Eagle Pack

Cubs preparing to go afloat

Eagle Pack
 meets on Thursdays. 





Scouts Logo

For those young people aged from around 10½ to 14 there's a choice of three Scout Troops. Two of these are Sea Scout Troops and the other is a Land Scout Troop. They take their names from famous explorers. 

Ellen MacArthur Troop

Aboard the yacht

Ellen MacArthur Troop, which meets on Mondays, mixes water activities with traditional Scouting and more modern activities. They're one of the most active and adventurous Troops in the area. 

Their summer programme focuses on water activities (while there are enough daylight hours!), including kayaking, rowing, sailing, canoeing and power boating. Their highly experienced Leaders aim to teach the Scouts so they can become independent, and safe, when on the water and many of their Scouts go on to lead and teach the younger Scouts. 

For the other half of the year they focus on land-based activities, including hiking, pioneering, first aid, flying, cycling, electronics and many others. The Scouts have a big say in the sorts of activities included in the programme, so it can be very different between years. 

Livingstone Troop

Mallet on packed tent

We're a unique Sea Scout Group in that we also have a Land Scout Troop. Livingstone Troop meets on Wednesdays and, while they don't undertake any water activities, still take part in a programme of traditional Scouting. This includes skills such as camping, hiking, cooking and first aid. They also take part in more modern activities, such as geotagging. 

James Cook Troop

Boats at Pangbourne

James Cook Troop
 is our second Sea Scout Troop, which meets on Fridays. They go sailing and kayaking during the summer months, culminating in their yearly summer camp to Pangbourne. 



Explorers Logo

For those between 14 and 18 there's our Explorer Scout Unit. This follows in our Group tradition of naming Scout Troops after famous explorers. 

Watkins Explorer Scout Unit

Explorers on a canoe expedition

Watkins Explorer Scout Unit
 meets on Tuesdays. As most of the Unit have come up through Sea Scouts, they mix water activities with land-based activities. Many of them also work towards their Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE) by planning and going on multi-day expeditions, developing skills and volunteering. A number of Explorers continue to help other sections by volunteering as Young Leaders. Here they lead and instruct young people in a variety of skills, as well as helping out on camps and other events.