Each week over 100 young people take part in Scouting activities with us.
We offer an exciting and varied programme for boys and girls from ages 6 to 18, and we’re proud to be one of only 105 groups that are members of the Royal Naval Recognition of Sea Scouts scheme.
Our Scout group is based in north Abingdon about 5 miles south of Oxford, and we are very lucky to have our own Boat Base at Binsey, just outside Oxford. It looks out over the river Thames on to Port Meadow, and is a fantastic asset to our group. Our Sea Scout troop meet there regularly, particularly during the summer months when they are there most weeks, and our Beavers and Cubs get the opportunity to try their hand at boating as well.
We help young people develop and improve key life skills. Character skills like resilience, initiative, independence and tenacity. Employability skills like leadership, teamwork and problem solving. And Practical skills like cooking, first aid and coding.
We believe that skills for life can prepare better futures…
For young people – by giving them the character, employability and practical skills they need to succeed
For volunteers – by equipping them with better skills, tools and support to deliver inspiring programmes
For society – by bringing people together and improving the lives of those in our communities
Nearly 100 years of scouting in Abingdon
The 2nd Abingdon Scout Group was founded in 1922 by Miss Challenor at premises in Ock Street, Abingdon and was known as 2nd North Berks. During the late 1940′s the Group moved to premises in Sellwood Road, after the hut in Ock Street was burned down. And then in about 1964, the Group moved to its present location during the development of the area giving the Group its own HQ with a grassed area at the back suitable for camps and other outdoor activities.
The 1st Abingdon Sea Scout Group started in 1986, though by mid-1990 they had lost both their leadership team and meeting hut. They moved to 2nd Abingdon as a patrol, but the survival instinct was strong and by 1993 there were two full patrols of Sea Scouts, along with the Land Scout patrols. And, through dint of perseverance, by 1999 the troop had morphed into a fully-fledged Sea Scout Troop. In 2000, now with a troop of 5 patrols, it successfully applied to join the Royal Naval Recognition Scheme which it has maintained ever since. It was allocated the RN no 28.
Meanwhile, the 40th Oxford (Kennington) Sea Scouts had given up using their boat base at Binsey and 2nd Abingdon Sea Scouts took it over. The Boat Base had formerly belonged to 42nd Oxford (SS Philip & James) Sea Scouts. In 1977 they had gained RN Recognition, and as was the practice then, they were given the name TS Scimitar.