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....

TS Wyvern has given thousands of young people a unique experience over 5 decades. Helping them to develop their potential and become good citizens through a wide range of activities and opportunities from Sailing, Canoing and Power Boating to Football, First Aid and Adventurous Training.

All our adult staff and supporters are unpaid volunteers who believe in the ability of young people to achieve their full potential and beyond. They are all vetted thoroughly through the CRB vetting scheme and are trained to a high standard in the delivery of the activities and training we offer.

The unit is a registered charity and is managed by a committee of volunteer Trustees who provide the support for the Uniformed Staff to deliver what we do.

TS Wyvern is vibrant and relevant youth organisation that meets the needs and aspirations of young people. Without losing its core values, customs and traditions. We are always on the lookout for good people who can add something to the team. So why not join us in making our community a better place.

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