Sea scouts

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Sea scout department Zurich: rowing

Sea Scouts (also: Sea Scouts ) are a special branch of the Scout Movement . The sea scouts differ from the normal "land" scouts in that they mainly experience activities in and on the water .

Sea scout work

Sea scout department Zurich: sailing

The main contents of the sea scouting work are sailing , rowing and motor boating , as well as the necessary skills such as navigation and the maintenance of boats or engines. Because of the increased difficulty of these activities, sea scout groups are mostly aimed at older young people; they do not always include all age groups usual in scouting work .

Sea Scouting is based on the same basic principles as scouting and it uses the scouting method . The only difference is that in Sea Scouting, water activities are an essential part of the program and not just an additional part of the program. The English name is a bit misleading because many sea scouts do their activities not at sea but on rivers and inland lakes .

Naturally, most of the sea scout groups are found in states with direct access to the sea and long coastlines. But there are also individual groups in landlocked states. In countries with a large number of sea scout groups, special regattas are organized exclusively for sea scout groups.

Sea scouting exists in most European countries, but in many different forms. In some groups, Sea Scouting is an independent program, in others it is part of normal scouting work.

The European Scouting Region carried out a survey of sea scouting in Europe which shows that in 2000 there were around 95,000 sea scouts in 28 countries in groups of between 16 and 167 people. Most of the sea scouts are in the Netherlands , Poland , Finland , Great Britain and Sweden .

In contrast to numerous non-European associations, the sea scouts work co-educational in German-speaking countries .


The idea of ​​sea scouting was developed by the founder of the scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell , shortly after the scout movement began. In the practical implementation he was supported by his brother Warington Baden-Powell , who was himself an enthusiastic sailor and worked as a lawyer for the British Admiralty . Warington Baden-Powell wrote the manual Sea Scouting and Seamanship for Boys , which appeared in July 1912.

The first sea scout camp was held in the summer of 1908 . In 1912 the branch of work was officially introduced in the British Scout Association after numerous sea scout groups had been spontaneously founded by young people. In the following years, further groups arose on all continents, which joined the national scout associations.

Sea scouts in Germany

In contrast to other countries, there are only a few sea scouts in Germany. In the German member associations of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts , only two sea scout tribes are known in the German Scout Association Sankt Georg , whereby one group is not a separate sea scout tribe, but only a division of the tribe. There are also some other tribes in other German scout associations; there is also a group of Boy Scouts of America .

Sea scouts in Austria

Sea scouts are a rare occurrence in Austria as well as in its neighboring countries. In other countries that have more water, such groups are part of the national scout associations. Ages:

In Austria there are groups in Neusiedl am See ( Burgenland ), Vienna , Hainburg an der Donau ( Lower Austria ), St. Georgen an der Gusen ( Upper Austria ) and Villach ( Carinthia ). The sea scouts are a sub-grouping of the Austrian scouts (PPÖ). There are still river scouts in Graz ( Styria ).

Sea scouts in Switzerland

The Zurich Sea Scout Department in Zurich - Wollishofen is the first scout group in Switzerland to hold its events mainly on, in and on the water. It has its own rowing and sailing ships that are used by members on Lake Zurich .

Eurosea conferences

Princess Elizabeth in the Sea Scouts ranger uniform, England, 1944

Eurosea is the seminar for sea scouts that the “ European Scout Region” has been organizing since 1985.

Eurosea conferences aim to:

  • Further development of the educational dimension of scouting - the youth program approach;
  • Expansion of nautical and maritime traditions as a source for ideas, activities, projects;
  • Development of a framework program to promote sea scouting in Europe.

Participation is open to people who are responsible for sea scouts / guides in national or regional groups and who are interested in developing water-based programs. Representatives of associations interested in introducing Sea Scouts can also participate.

year Surname place
1985 Eurosea 1 Thessaloniki , Greece
1988 Eurosea 2 Zeewolde , the Netherlands
1992 Eurosea 3 Vässarö , Sweden
1994 Eurosea 4 London , UK
1997 Eurosea 5 Oslo , Norway
2000 Eurosea 6 Olsztynek , Poland
2003 Eurosea 7 São Jacinto , Aveiro , Portugal
2006 Eurosea 8 Korpoo , Finland
2008 Eurosea 9 Larch Hill , Ireland
2010 Eurosea 10 Pilsen , Czech Republic
2012 Eurosea 11 Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 Eurosea 12 Bruges, Belgium
2016 Eurosea 13 Puck, Poland
2018 Eurosea 14 Barcelona, ​​Spain

Well-known sea scouts

  • Queen Elizabeth II. At the age of eleven, she became a member of the Girl Guide Association in 1937 . In 1942 she joined the Sea Scout Branch as a Sea Ranger , where she was active until 1947.
  • Princess Margaret became a Girl Scout in 1937 and was active as a Sea Ranger from 1945 to 1952 . In 1965 she was elected chairwoman of the Girl Guide Association.
  • Uffa Fox (1898–1972), English designer and publicist

Web links

Commons : Sea Scouts  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Survey on Sea Scouting in Europe. European Scout Office, accessed September 20, 2007 .
  2. Seepfadi Zurich - about us. Sea scout department Zurich, accessed on September 10, 2018 .
  3. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Household, accessed September 10, 2018 .
  4. ^ Girl guiding in the UK - The Senior Sections. BBC - h2g2, accessed September 20, 2007 .