Information on 2nd Cowes


          Group's HQ Facilities

Dame Ellen McArthur reopens Scout Hall after major refurbishment

On 26th October 2012, 2nd Cowes moved back into the hall after major refurbishment, including the replacement of the leaky asbestos roof, rewiring and redecorating.  Burglar and fire alarms were also installed.  The occasion was commemorated by Ellen McArthur unveiling a plaque in front of the assembled Group and guests.  The Official Opening was followed by a disco for the younger members.

During the 2 months of refurbishment, the Group met at the UKSA or the old offices of Carisbrooke Shipping.  With the main building work carried out by contractors, members of the Group (young & old) completely repainted the interior of the building, including the newly exposed metal framework of the roof. The adjacent boat store (a former WW2 prefab) had been completely clad in asbestos panels.  Because of the problems associated with asbestos disposal, these were replaced at the same time as the main contract.  The wooden floor was also replaced by a concrete slab; all that remained of the original prefab was the metal frame.






2nd Cowes pulled it off!

Earlier in 2012, an idea was proposed for members of 2nd Cowes to raise money towards the refurbishment of their HQ building by rowing around the Isle of Wight.  After considerable planning, the activity took place during one weekend in September, with probably the best weather of the year.  The 4 metre pulling dinghy 'Red Admiral' carried a tracker so that parents could follow progress at home.  2 support craft were in attendance.

The 49 mile circumnavigation took 18 hours 23 minutes of rowing with an overnight stop at South Wight Scout Campsite at Ventnor.  40 young people and adults took part either afloat, ashore ferrying crews around the Island or running the overnight camp.  Over £10,000 was raised in sponsorship.

For a full report on the weekend, click here









Each Spring Bank Holiday Week the annual summer camp for RN Recognised Sea Scout Groups takes place on HMS Bristol, moored at Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour.  Using the Type 82 Destroyer as a base, the first timers attended a taster week, sampling a variety of boating together with a day's expedition, whilst the remainder specialised in individual courses for dinghy sailing, power craft, kayaking or offshore sailing for which they obtained qualifications by the end of the week.  This camp is for 12 to 14 years old Scouts .

In the October half term week, a similar camp takes place for Explorer Scouts (14 to 18 years).  2nd Cowes always send a contingient with Leaders as part of the support team.







Boating at Corf

















            H.Q. No. 2900                              R.N. Recognised Group No. 9                         Reg. Charity No. 302131