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....

Bedford Sea Cadets were started in Bedford 5th May 1942 during World War 2, at the Clapham Road School.

We have now been at our Longholme Way site since 1978 and have grown and gone from strength to strength.

Recent Achievements:

Royal Marine Cadet Detachment become the 3rd best Detachment in the UK at the highly prized Gibraltar Cup competition along with celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012, we took part in the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, carrying the flag of the Seychelles in Diamond formation along with 53 other SCC crews in our new Trinity 500 Rowing boat.

Over the last 20 years we have had and continue to enjoy much success including: National Shooting Champions/ National 5-A-Side Football Champions - 4 years running/ Area Kayaking and Rowing Champions - with a 3rd place Nationally in 2012.

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