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.
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.
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T.S. Blackcap is the home has been the home of Birkenhead Sea Cadets since forming on 28th April 1942 and has since been a big part of the community of Birkenhead. The Unit was the first unit in the Corps to be affiliated to a Royal British legion, we have won the Canada Trophy twice which is given to the best unit in the Corps annually.
The unit has a skilled team of adult instructors who can provide in-house training in the following subject areas; Seamanship, Engineering, Piping, Cook/Stewards, First Aid and a number of Waterborne activities such as Sailing, Rowing and Power Boating.