5th Gosport Sea Scout Group

Royal Navy Recognition No 82
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Troop win the County Emlyn camping competition

This competition involved the team running their own campsite including maintaining and cooking over an open fire and a number of other challenges. Not only did they win the overall competition but the team also picked up the pioneering, cooking and Easter egg hunt (team leadership challenge) awards.

Beavers Den Day for Save the Children

The Beaver Scout Colony had a Den Day for Save the Children. "Den Day" is where Schools (and Beaver Scouts" across the UK built dens, learnt about the importance of shelter and raised money to change lives; the Beaver Scouts and their male guests raised £33 for the cause.

District Camp 2017

Photos from District Camp at Lyons Copse,May 2017.

Beavers 5p Games Night

The Beaver Scout Colony held a 5p Games Night with lots of fun mini games for which the Beavers paid 5p a go. All money raised will be helping one of our Scouts (and now also a Beaver Scout Colony Young Leader) Hannah Potter to travel to Malawi with her school to work with FOMO orphanages and donate money to buy medicines when she gets there.

Please click here for more information on Hannahs' fundraising for her trip to Malawi.

Beavers Team Challenge

5th Cub Scout wins the District Chess Competition

St. Marys' Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival 2016

It has become traditional that the Group support the St. Marys' Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival. Here is this years' tree, in Group colours naturally! As always the decorations were made by the younger members of the Group.

Beavers at Remembrance Day Parade 2016

Ladies of the 5th

Presentations of flowers were made to Ladies of the 5th at the recent Annual General Meeting.

From left: Pat Brown (Executive Committee Chair until 2015), Tina Sturgeon (incoming Group Vice President), Val Hyde (incoming Group President) and Gwyn Evans (outgoing Group Secretary).

Troop win the Elles Camping Competition

Scouts from the 5th won the Elles Camping Competition despite the the torrential rain and thunder storms.

Success for the 5th at the Pro-Badge Awards

Members of the 5th were presented with certificates, and a place on the Collective (the group of Scouts who have completed all of the Scout courses), at the 2016 Pro-Badge Scout Training Scheme awards.

Hannah receiving a certificate from her brother for joining the Pro-Badge Collective.

Owen receiving a certificate for completing all of the Cub Scout courses.

Fundraising at the HMS Sultan Summer Show

The Group had a stall at the 2016 HMS Sultan Summer show, which was well supported by Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Parents, Adult Volunteers and of course hundreds of the people who visited the Show over the two days.

Mole, Bear, Toad and others in the grass

Recently James ("Bear"), Jennifer ("Mole"), Miles ("Toad") plus friends and family watered the boat, planted the beavers giant pumpkins, did a litter pick and cut a lot of grass that desperately needed cutting at Headquarters.

Before ...

... and getting there

The Beaver Scout Colony boat, planted and watered

Beaver Scout Colony at District Camp

Beaver Scout Colony pond dipping and nature ramble at Grange Farm

Bag Packing at Tesco, Rowner

Group raised £587 during a bag-packing day at the town’s Tesco supermarket, and construction firm Taylor Wimpey donated another £100 to the cause.

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St. Marys' Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival

It has become traditional that the Group support the St. Marys' Alverstoke Christmas Tree Festival. Here is this years' tree, in Group colours naturally! As always the decorations were made by the younger members of the Group.

Annual General Meeting and Water Fun Day

Photos from the Annual General Meeting and Water Fun Day.

Sailing evening at Hill Head Sailing Club

The Troop had a sailing evening courtesy of our friends at Hill Head Sailing Club.

District Raft Race and Kayak Regatta

Photos from the District Raft Race and Kayak Regatta

Beavers at District Sports Day

The Beaver Colony came 2nd! Well done to all those who attended.

Beavers at District Camp, May 2015

The Beaver Colony had fun at District Camp at Lyons Copse.

Beavers Archery

Group Christmas Dinner

The traditional Group Christmas Dinner was held at Headquarters on the 13th December.

Beavers Christingle Service at St. Marys' Alverstoke

Photos from this years' Beavers Christingle Service at St. Marys' Alverstoke

5th Gosport Leader awarded Queens Sword

The Queen’s Sword is awarded by H.M. the Queen each year, to the best all-round Cadet on passing out of the Training Establishment Britannia. It is open to all Cadets of all branches (Executive, Engineering, Supply and Electrical).

This year it was awarded to Lieutenant P E Whiteley RN on May 1st 2014 by General Sir Richard Barrons on behalf of the Lord High Admiral, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Royal Naval College Britannia, Dartmouth.

Peter with General Sir Richard Barrons.

Peter was a Sea Scout with Group and has continued his association with the 5th as a Leader. He has just completed the first stage of his submarine training on board HMS Triumph and has been awarded his Dolphins. He has been promoted to Lieutenant and will now undergo a year of advanced training centred on nuclear engineering, based back at HMS Sultan. He will be back helping with the 5th (minus the sword - however tempting it might be to play at being a pirate when the 5th takes to the water...).

Bar to the Award of Merit

From left - Len Norster, Bill Hyde, Val Hyde, Barry Martin.

Members of the Group plus friends from around the District gathered at Headquarters to witness Ian Batchelor, District Commissioner, present Bill Hyde with the Bar to the Medal of Merit.

Bill became involved with the Group when his son Brian joined as a Cub. Along with Barry Martin and others Bill built the present Headquarters, Mountbatten Hall, which opened in 1980.

Bill has been a staunch supporter of the Group for over thirty six years serving as Committee Member, Maintenance Man, Fundraiser and much more.

Scouts from the Troop help out with a Creek Clean

Two Scouts from the 5th took part in a Creek Clean,organised by Councillor June Culley's Waterway's Group. It's amazing how much rubbish you can get out of Haslar Lake in just a couple of hours, and we're told that this trolley-full was just part of it!

Retirement of Phil Sandall

To mark the retirement of Phil Sandall from active Scouting, the Group presented him with a picture to remind him of his time with us. Phil was appointed Assistant Scout Leader in January 2001 and has been a stalwart of the Group ever since. He was Group Scout Leader from 2003 to 2004 and again Assistant Scout Leader for the last ten years. He has done sterling work administering the Troop Activity Badge programme, earning a reputation of a tough but fair arbiter of the Associations badge criteria. Many Scouts have achieved a huge selection of Activity Badges under his stewardship, not so long ago someone was heard to say that "if you get a badge from Phil, you know you've earned it".

Phil and James

Phil's last official act was to present the Chief Scouts Gold Award to James Potter. Like so many Scouts before him, James was mentored and coached by Phil in the requirements for this top award in the Scout section.

Scout Leader Allan Davey (left), Phil Sandall and Group Scout Leader Mike Brown (right)

Beavers visit to GAFIRS

The Beavers went to Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service lifeboat station in Stokes Bay.

AGM and Family Water Fun Evening

Photos from the AGM and Family Water Fun Evening; if you would like high resolution copies of any photos below please contact the Webmaster.

Beavers raft building ....

... launching ....

... and paddling!

District Canoe Regatta 2013

Photos from the District Canoe Regatta; if you would like high resolution copies of any photos below please contact the Webmaster.

Sometimes, you just get the feeling that, for the girls, things .....

.... aren't going to end well.

Meanwhile, the boys get the hang of it...

... mostly!

Cubjam 2013

Photos from Cubjam, taken from the event website. See if you can find the 5th's cubs! If you have any more photos of the event please send them to the Webmaster.

Photos from the Beaver Colony

Photos from our visit to Gosport Fire Station, and the trip to ring the bells at St. Marys' Church, Alverstoke.

A wider selection of photos are on our DropBox share, if you would like access please contact the Webmaster.

Photos from our visit to Christ Church, Stoke Road, Gosport, the District Sponsored Walk and our End of Term Summer Beach BBQ

Basingstoke Paddle - September 2013

Photos from the 2013 Basingstoke Paddle

Pro-Badge Special Achievement Award

5th Gosport Sea Scout Group have won the Pro-Badge Scout Training Special Achievement Award. This was awarded during the Pro-Badge Scout Training Scheme's 21st Birthday Camp and Review at Lyons Copse in Shedfield, and was for the Group's consistent support of and participation in the Scheme over the last 21 years.

Boating on the Creek - June 2013

The Cubs had an evening on the water, with expert instruction from Skip and members of the Troop.

Matthew becomes a top Scout - with royal assent

Matthew Pilcher, a Leader with the Cub Scout Pack, has been presented with his Queen's Scout Award - and featured in "The News". Click here to read the full article.

Chief Scouts Award Presentations - October 2011

The recepients after the presentation with the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Christopher Richard Carter and the Lady Mayoress.

The post-presentation feast receives serious attention.

Nautical Skills Training Day - SS Shieldhall

Members of the Group along with others from around the County, plus members of the Ship's Company, SS Shieldhall.

Alver Valley Hedge Planting - January 2011

Members of 5th Gosport Sea Scout Troop helping out with The Tree Council's Hedgerow Harvest Project. The Tree Council who fund this project have a goal of making trees matter to everyone. As a body the Tree Council work towards:

  • More trees, of the right kind, in the right places
  • Better care for all trees, of all ages
  • Inspiring effective action for trees

Members of the Troop showing why Scouting is good for the skin!

Gosport RNA Winter Fayre - November 2010

Tilly (wearing a Gang Show scarf) selling a suitably decorated Aiden a ticket in the Tombola - but is it a winner?

Civic Award for Group President

The Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Roger Allen, presenting an award to Barry Martin of 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group to acknowledge a life time of support to the Group.

Barry after the event with his Certificate and a Plaque with the Town's Crest.

"Winter Wander" - Sponsored Walk for a new roof - 20 March 2010

Some of the Cubs wonder what they've let themselves in for; rain and wind at Lee-on-the-Solent

Badger leads the way; wet and windy conditions at Stokes Bay

Made it! Very welcome hot food back and a drink at Headquarters

A welcome reward; Beavers, Cubs and Scouts mix together at the end of the walk

District Chess Competition - January 2010

Gosport District Water Fun Day - September 2009

Various images from the District Water Fun Day held at the District Activity Centre and on Alver Creek, September 27th 2009.

Fundraising at the Alverstoke Michaelmas Fair - September 2009

Various images the Alverstoke Michaelmas Fair, September 26th 2009.

"Splat the Rat" ready for action!

An interested customer - but younger eyes are fascinated by the rat!

Tea with the Commodore, HMS Sultan - June 2009

Molly Jo, Commodore Al Rymer RN (Commanding Officer HMS Sultan) and Josh enjoy afternoon tea at the HMS Sultan Summer Show.

Scout Troop win Elles Camping Competition - June 2009

St George's Day Parade - April 2009

Canoeing - July 2008


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