The Royal Navy and Royal Marines run free activities for young people and would like to extend this offer to Scouts, either at Scout Group weekly meetings or at camp.
There are three types of activities: science and technology interactive activities, practical leadership tasks, and lessons in field-craft and survival techniques.
The science and technology activities are fun interactive problems based on the Royal Navy's new Type 45 Destroyer, for example communications or logistic supply exercises. Practical leadership tasks are problems which have to be completed within a certain time, for example removing a casualty using a make-shift stretcher, picking up an explosive device using ropes and staves, or navigating through a 'minefield.' Lessons from Royal Marines in field-craft and survival are best suited to outdoor environments such as at camp. They include shelter building, camouflage techniques and various survival techniques. Usually these activities are run at local Schools and Colleges for students in order to build teamwork and leadership skills in a non-classroom environment, however would work extremely well as an organised evening for the Scout Troop, or a morning/afternoon activity at camp. Alternatively if Scout Leaders have any other ideas that they would like military assistance to run the RN/RM team is willing to help in any capacity.
Attendance by the team and all equipment is provided free of charge, and all personnel involved in any of the activities have CRB/Disclosure Scotland clearance. More information and requests for attendance should be made through the Royal Navy's local Area Careers Liaison Officer, Lt Peter Ling RN, contact details for whom can be obtained from Gary Bainbridge.Author: Gary Bainbridge