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2nd Warwick Group History

2nd Warwick Sea Scouts was started in 1959 and in 1966 it moved from the Nissen hut where the sheltered housing in Pickard Street is now, to their new HQ building in St Nicholas Park, Warwick.

Their new HQ was opened on 30
th April 1966 by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Aylesford, having cost the group £2,000. The group continued to raise an extra £450 to fully fit out the new building.

The group grew again the in the 80's and the second floor was added to increase the space available. The group had no money to pay someone to do the job so a team of leaders and parents did a massive and excellent job of putting in the first floor and on 12th January 1985 the hut was re-commissioned as a 2 floor building.

The Group’s high standards have led to the award of Royal Navy Recognition in the late 1980’s. This honour is currently granted to only 103 Sea Scout Groups in the UK at any one time.1996 saw the installation of the foot bridge across the river by the hut, massively increasing the amount of passers by and making sailing more tricky on the river. 1997 saw guides join the scouts on camp and this was the early stages of the girls scout troop.

Easter 1999 witnessed massive flooding across the country and the river flowed through the scout hut for the first and only time!

Girls were officially welcome into scouts in Sept 2000, starting off with 2 patrols and building up to the full troop we have today.

The group has significantly grown over the last 50 years and has a current membership of over 200 including its co-located Explorer Sea Scout Unit. They now have 4 sections in the group covering 6 years to 18 years old:  Beavers, Cubs, Scouts (a girls troop and a boys troop) and Explorers.

Hopefully people who have been members of the group in the past may spot themselves in some of the photos, or in the old newsletters etc. For those who are members now it will hopefully give you an idea where some of the traditions came from. 

See the following pages to give a flavour of our history without pages of words. 

In June 2016 we celebrated 50 years at the current hut, and got back in touch with former members.

If you are a former member we'd love to here from you. Please do get in touch if you have any old photos or memorabilia that you'd like to share by emailing  admin@2wk.org.uk 

We also need former members to complete an on-line survey to help us when we apply for grants for our new HQ - you can find our survey here Former Members Survey