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Traditional Rowing Weekend on the River Thames

June 1 @ 5:30 pm - June 3 @ 5:00 pm

Traditional Rowing Weekend on the River Thames

Friday 1st/Sunday 3rd June. The 14th Richmond Viking Boating Centre invites you to experience the thrill of traditional fixed-seat rowing on the River Thames with the opportunity to spend time afloat in one of our fleet of superb traditional, locally-built rowing boats; this is the ideal way to experience rowing for the very first time!

Badges and certificates can be issued for Pulling and Nautical Skills activity badges.

The weekend will include transport from Gloucestershire, food and accommodation at the 14th Richmond Viking Scout Boating Centre. The cost is £36 per person. Our boating centre has a fully equipped galley for on-site catering, separate toilet / changing / shower facilities. Richmond Booking-Form-18
This is what we did on the last Nautical Skills Weekend

A total of nine Scouts plus leaders travelled to Richmond for a great weekend rowing on the River Thames. They stayed in the Richmond Scouts new HQ in a quiet corner near the centre of Richmond and enjoyed the facilities of their new building complete with camp beds and a dish washer in the galley.
Friday evening everyone settled in and the course began on Saturday morning under the centre’s excellent team of instructors. The morning was spent learning how to row and after everyone had been fitted out with life jackets it was time to go out on the river. Our first boat was Merlin, and eight oared gig. This gave the Scouts the chance to practice their skills at rowing and following the commands of the coxson. Everyone had the chance to row and control the boat.
In the afternoon we had the chance to go out in two powered craft, an inboard and an outboard. Once again the Scouts took control of the boats.
Saturday evening saw a meal cooked by the Scouts.
On Sunday came the highlight of the weekend: a chance to go out in Jubilant, a royal barge that actually belongs to the Queen. It has eight oars and a cabin fit for the Queen. The Scouts rowed up to Teddington Lock on a really beautiful stretch of the river. After lunch they rowed back. The trip was carefully planned so that we went with the tide in both direction making it an easier row.
Everyone gained both their nautical Skills 3 badge and also the nationally recognised ‘Explore Rowing’ award.



June 1 @ 5:30 pm
June 3 @ 5:00 pm


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Richmond Scout Boating Centre
Richmond, Surrey United Kingdom + Google Map