In June 2023 the Education and Charity Committee approved the annual grant of £4,000 to the Scouts in order to assist them support young people on the water. This continues a long-standing arrangement between the Shipwrights’ Company and the Scouts Association as originally the grant was made to support the Sea Scouts. The report, which is here starts with the following:
All young people in Scouting have the opportunity to enjoy water activities, but in Sea Scouting, considerable emphasis is on these activities, and many aspects of naval and nautical traditions are incorporated. Without the funding from The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, many young people would not have the chance to gain these valuable skills on the water. In 2023 we remain exceptionally grateful for the opportunities you’ve given young people to explore and experience the thrill of being on the water.
Last year, we identified three Sea Scout groups who deliver meaningful on-the-water experiences for young people. The groups nominated for the funding have a track record of delivering high-quality seafaring activities for young people. As you will see, the funding has been used in different ways by the groups. The funds supported groups in Colchester (Adventures Offshore), Lancing (3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scout Group) and Hampshire (Discovery Sailing Project) with grants totaling £10,000. Each group had a specific need for funds across training, maintenance, repair and accessibility.