Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

TS Mary Rose is Basingstoke's best kept secret, we have been at the Sycamore Centre, Winklebury for several years and the hall has served the Cadets & Staff well, and continues to do so. Monday & Friday evenings are a busy time for Cadets, meeting their oppos (naval term for friends) before the official duties of the evening, starting with colours, its then time for some exciting instruction, maybe navigation or marine engineering, at 20.00 hrs its time for 'stand easy' this is the naval phrase for tuck break, after this its then time to finish up the lesson before a tidy up and Evening Colours to finish off the official duties of the evening. During Spring, Summer & early Autumn the action really gets going as we travel the short distance to Burghfield Lake in berkshire, here we sail our Laser pico, Wayfarer & kestrel, we also have a power boat and rowing boat, this is the highlight of the week and we spend the whole day at the lake.

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