Scout Training in Sussex
A five strong patrol from the 2nd Bexhill Endeavour Troop Sea Scouts, has successfully taken a course on basic engineering knowledge run by East Sussex Sovereign Harbour Unit.
Regional Engineer Officer Eddie Oades delivered the course over two evenings in late January and early February.
The programme included classroom training, primarily covering outboard motors and a visit to the MVS National Training Vessel East Sussex 1.
Eddie showed the scouts, supervised by their Scout Leader Tim Dixon, around the engine room, pointing out the main points of a diesel engine and the checks that have to be carried out before starting up.
At the end of the course all five scouts passed a short test, meaning that they can be awarded the Scouts Mechanic Activity Badge.
A second patrol from the same troop starts the same course this weekend.
The plan is that, from April onwards, scouts from Bexhill and Eastbourne will go on short early evening trips off Eastbourne on East Sussex 1, as has been the case for a number of years.
The plan is to continue afloat Scout training until East Sussex 1 deploys to the Solent in late July.