History

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....

Jarrow Unit

Jarrow Sea Cadets Unit was founded in 1942 and for over 70 years has been part of the Jarrow community. Our unit has helped many young people develop and grow through the training and opportunities we offer.

Our unit is a growing community of young people with an interest in the sea and the community we live in, with an established group of staff who have qualifications in many different areas, and pass on this training and experience to the cadets.  Whether you have an interest in sailing, First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh Award or community support, the Sea Cadets at Jarrow have something to offer every young person.

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