In 1985 Skipper Jimmy Boland led a delegation of sea scouts to Portumna for an International Jamboree. The 10-day event was notoriously wet with grueling camping conditions with claims in the scouting world still of ‘I survived Portumna ’85’. The Cubs came for a one day visit and that was enough! We all survived the floods and mud in what was an extreme character building camp! 1985 also saw the group exchange with a Spanish scout group and New Ross hosted a troop from East Grinstead. There was canoeing in Inistioge and the Slaney District camp was in Bree. In 1986, the group cycled to Cullenstown for their summer camp and the New Ross group hosted the Slaney District Sea Scout camp. 1987 saw the group share a camp with the Girl Guides in Berkeley.
Upon Jimmy’s departure from New Ross in 1988, Kitty Warren took over as Skipper with Watch Leader training in Wexford and, Slaney District Sea Scout camp in Rosslare. The district camp moved to Woodstown in 1989 and the sitrict held a Breadan down the River Slaney to Enniscorthy, camping overnight on route. The group continued to compete in the signaling competitions and the east coast swimming gala in Clontarf baths.