James Cook Troop

James Cook Troop is a Sea Scout Troop that meets on Fridays, 18:30-20:30 (from 6pm during the summer).

The troop has been part of 3rd Portchester Scout Group for 40 years and has a team of very experienced leaders to guide and support the Scouts through their activities.

During the summer months troop meetings are spent afloat when scouts can safely learn skills in canoeing, kayaking, sailing and rowing. When not afloat the scouts take part in more traditional scouting activities such as bushcraft, hikes and navigation as well as cooking, circus skills, cycling, and team building activities. All of this and more is part of an organised and varied programme to help them work through their awards. Over the past few years the troop has been pleased to celebrate many scouts achieving their Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

Camping is an important part of the annual programme and in addition to weekend camps (summer and winter) and expeditions, the troop enjoys an annual summer camp in August. Two of the more common and favourite sites of the scouts in the troop are Pangbourne on the River Thames and a choice of campsites on the Isle of Purbeck in Poole. These sites give the scouts a great opportunity to learn new skills and experience new things, including sleeping under canvas, in bivouacs or using hammocks.