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.

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About the Unit

Peterhead Unit no 269 was established in Sept 1938 and has met in various locations until settling into its present location in 1967. Over the years many additions to the Unit HQ comprising boatsheds, classrooms, gallley refurbishments and bespoke instruction rooms.

The Unit is a recognised RYA teaching centre authorised to deliver Sailing, Powerboating, First aid, VHF Radio and Marine Engineering

The unit has been a Burgee unit since 1986, Stephenson Trophy winners in 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, Canada Cup Winners in 2008 and 2014 and Thomas Grey Memorial winners in 2010.

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