Our group badge contains a life boat to represent South Shields, three scout trefoils to represent the 3rd; the Durham Cross as our county; and an anchor to show we are a sea scout group.
The 3rd South Shields is one of the top groups in the Royal Navy recognition scheme.Click here to read more about Royal Navy recognition.
The recognition scheme dates back to to 1919 following the impressive service Scouts gave during World War 1 undertaking duties such as "coast watching". The founder of scouting, Lord Baden Powell was a Sea Scout.
Troops that are recognized can be identified by the Admiralty "crown and anchor" badge worn on their uniforms above the membership badge.
The basic theme is of two jigsaw pieces representing Jarrow with its Viking history, the flag of Denmark is the background for a Viking with flaming helmet – on the left, and the maritime history of South Shields depicted by the sea and lighthouse (taking Souter and Whitburn as its inspiration) on the right.