Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is intended as a useful resource for our Scouting. Here you can find articles, diagrams and links to support the practical instruction given on troop nights and at events. 

On shore Scouting

This section contains useful documents for the activities we run on shore. While most of our land-based activities are organised during the winter months, many of the skills learnt during this time, such as tying knots and taking compass bearings, are also used when afloat. 


Group neckerchief

For diagrams showing where to place the badges on your uniform, see the links below: 


There is a huge selection of badges for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to achieve. Visit our badges page to find out about the different types and how to get them. 


Despite living without many modern conveniences when camping, there's still a minimum amount of equipment we need to take with us. For the personal kit you should take on our camps, see the camp kit list

Activities afloat

This section contains information and links for our activities afloat. If you're having trouble with some of the more theoretical aspects of nautical skills, or you're just after a refresher at the beginning of the season, take a look at the resources we've produced below. 

Don't worry if it all seems overwhelming at first. Our Leaders are very experienced in teaching Scouts to be safe and independent on the water, all in a fun environment. We provide a comprehensive training plan, which also enables Scouts to achieve a variety of badges. The Group is RN Recognised, and many of our Leaders have National Governing Body coaching qualifications, so you can be sure that all of our instruction is to a very high standard. 

The badges all our Scouts work towards include the: 

What to wear afloat

Wearing appropriate clothing when afloat is essential for both your safety and comfort. Read our guidance on what to wear afloat to find out what we recommend for the kind of activities we run. Be aware that if you turn up with unsuitable clothing you won't be allowed to go afloat. 

Parts of the boat

An important part of boating is knowing the parts that make up your boat. This makes up a fundamental part of communicating when afloat. Take a look at the diagrams on our parts of the boat page if you're new to Scouts or just want to refresh your memory. 

Orders for pulling boats

Like everything else, boating has its own set of jargon. Most of it has developed to avoid confusion, which could be potentially dangerous, and so we use many of these terms when we're afloat. Our orders for pulling boats page is a useful reference for the commands used regularly. 

Our local waters

Find out about our local waters, which are where we run most of our regular activities. There's a map that shows the waterways classifications as defined by the Scout Association. There's also a chart depicting our water activities areas, which are the defined operating areas for running water activities at 3rd Portchester. 


As with the road, there are a number of rules and signs to help keep us safe and informed on the sea and rivers. Read our page on the IALA buoyage system to learn about the most common buoys in our area.