Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts

Admiral Lord Nelson Active Support Unit

About Us

The Admiral Lord Nelson Active Support Unit is responsible for managing the events for the Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts.
In accordance with the Scout Association’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Navy, the Active Support Unit is recognised on the recommendation of Staff Officer Sea Scouts, with its primary purpose to provide support to the RN Recognised Sea Scout scheme and authorized events. The Unit is in addition to the recognized Scout Groups and Explorer Units.

Our Mission Statement

The Active Support Unit is a voluntary organisation which provides adult leaders to support the several National Events for Royal Navy Recognized Sea Scout Units in the United Kingdom. We provide opportunity for training and leadership development in both adults and young people including National Governing Body qualifications in Power boating, Sailing and Paddle sports.

Our Events

The Active Support unit sets out to manage the “Big 4” events.
Subject to any conditions imposed by the MOD, the Royal Navy will make facilities available for four large annual youth events and additional training opportunities known as the ‘big 4+’.

Swimming Gala

The RN recognised Sea Scouts swimming gala will be held in HMS RALEIGH over a weekend in (usually early February). The capacity is approximately 240 youth plus 80 adults.

Sea Scouts Summer camp

The RN recognised Sea Scouts summer camp will be scheduled to take place in the Hampshire schools’ summer half term break. The camp draws on resources of HMS BRISTOL, HMS EXCELLENT, the Royal Navy Sailing Centre and CCF (equipment). URNU cadets may be invited as a leadership opportunity. The capacity is approximately 210 youth and 80 adults.

Soccer Sixes

A soccer sixes tournament will be staged in HMS EXCELLENT over a weekend in early October involving approximately 280 youth and 80 adults.

Explorer Scout camp

The RN Recognised Sea Scouts Explorer Scout camp will be scheduled to take place in the Hampshire schools’ autumn half term break. The camp draws on resources of HMS BRISTOL, HMS EXCELLENT and the Royal Navy Sailing Centre and CCF (equipment). The capacity is approximately 130 youth and 65 adults.

Leader Training

The RN will support at least one annual leader or Young Leader training and induction weekend drawing on the resources of HMS BRISTOL, HMS EXCELLENT and the Royal Navy Sailing Centre. The course capacity will be approximately 80.

The Management

The manager of the Active Support Unit is Barbie Tomlin (barbie.tomlin@rnseascouts.org.uk)

This role will involves managing a small team of volunteers to deliver national RN Sea Scout events. We are looking for someone who has experience of managing a remote team of volunteers. We are also looking for someone who has a knowledge and understanding of water activities and or Sea Scouting and the remote management of events. This role-holder will report to the Deputy UK Commissioner Programme (6-14).

The role is presently fulfilled, but the job description is available at http://scouts.org.uk/media/641305/Admiral-Lord-Nelson-SASU-Manager-applicant-information-pack-aug-15.pdf

Our Members

Our members are located across the country, and all work together to provide training and development for young people and adults across the RN Recognised Sea Scout Scheme. All our members are volunteers and members of The Scout Association.

We have members with a wide range of skills, such as:

  • Powerboat Instructors
  • Sailing Instructors
  • Paddlesport Instructors
  • Shorebased Instructors
  • First Aiders
  • Catering Staff
  • Social Media and Technology
  • Event Management and Support
  • Safeguaring and Welfare
  • And many more!

We are only able to offer the Big 4 events as a result of the time and effort that is spent by our volunteers. If you would be interested in membership of the Active Support Unit, then please contact Barbie Tomlin (barbie.tomlin@rnseascouts.org.uk).