4th Epping Forest South (Bancroft's School) Sea Scouts

The 4th EFS Sea Scouts is hosted at Bancroft's school in Woodford, Essex and is part of the Epping Forest South District, which forms part of the Greater London North East County group. The troop also has Royal Navy Recognition status (RN Sea scour group number 05) which allows us to participate in events at Royal Naval training facilities and means that we get support locally from the London University Royal Navy support unit.

We are growing !

Between cubs and scouts we currently cater for 80 young people each week and with our expected Autumn term intake have the potential to cater to an estimated demand of 120 young poeple however we are limited today by adult leaders. Without additional adult leaders, we will not have sufficient capacity for our normal new entrants into the scout section in the 2019 Autumn term. We need to split the scout section into two and run two meetings a week, both operating from the same programme, planning and using the same kit but each requiring a full complement of adult leaders. We need another 2-3 permanent leaders to allow this to happen. If you have some time, even if it is not every week or can help with looking after equipment or administration, and think you might be interested, please have a look at What does a 4th EFS leader do ?, drop in or drop us an email.

Sea scouts

Sea Scouts do all the activities associated with land Scouts, but also experience a wide range of water-based activities. In the Summer Term, scouts spend the term on the water at Fairlop Waters. Under the supervision of the leadership team and the Fairlop Waters RYA coaches they are taught sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rowing. Activities in the winter centre around indoor and outdoor land based activities in the Autumn term and we use the swimming pool in the Sprint term to help in preparation for the Summer term on water. Our Sea Scouts also make use of nearby Gilwell Park and this year scouts have experienced a wide range of activities including: dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, kata-canoes, power boating, swimming, diving, laser quest, outdoor wide games in the dark, video blogging, cooking, fire-fighting, camping, axe-work, sawing, fire-lighting, navigating geocaching, grass-sledding, handicapped obstacle courses, silhouette theatre, rowing (fixed and moving seat), pioneering, tying knots, field gun racing, first aid, giant internet safety snakes and ladders, giant battleships, pasta building, morse code, semaphore, climbing, shooting, archery, chess, catapult building, football, various community projects and a whole host more.


The 4th Epping Forest Group was formed in 1909, one year after the founding of the Boy Scouts movement by Baden-Powell in 1908. It was initially formed as a land scout by a number of boys lucky enough to attend Baden Powel's second experimental camp for boys. In 1939 the group was changed to a sea scout group to enable them to make use of the then scout master's boat on the Norfolk broads and subsequently gained RN recognition as RN sea scouts group 05 in the late 1940's. There's more detail in our Group History page which we are slowly updating.