Welcome to 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scout Group. Founded in 1931, 3rd Chalkwell Bay operates from our purpose built headquarters in the Old Town of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, where we run a huge array activities and training for boys and girls ages 6 to 25 and beyond, offering challenge and adventure to over 200 young people in the local area. We are recognised by the Royal Navy as one of the top 100 Sea Scout Groups in the country.
The Group is an accredited Royal Yachting Association and British Rowing Training Centre, with our own in-house instructors training young people in a variety of nautical disciplines to national governing body standards on most week nights and weekends, using our fleet of 30 sailing, rowing and power boats. Maritime training is a key element of our syllabus, but it is by no means the only part – traditional Scouting activities such as camping, hiking, climbing, visits to new places, community work, and of course building new friendships, are all part of 3rd Chalkwell Bay.
The Group offers all five age-based sections of Scouting: Beavers for 6-8 year olds, Cubs for 8–10½ year olds, two Sea Scout Troops for boys & girls aged 10½ – 14, and the Endeavour Explorer Sea Scout Unit for 14-18 year olds; Southend West Scout Network for 18-25 year olds also meets at The Den. All sections are led by a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers and qualified instructors. The Leigh Creek Guzzlers is open to anyone who has ever been associated with the Group and wishes to keep in touch socially. We rely on donations and fundraising, along with our members’ subscriptions, to keep the Group running & active, and ensure Scouting in Old Leigh remains accessible affordable for all.
As part of the Group’s fundraising efforts for this year, we’re looking to revive the efforts of the HARP24 team of 2016 and look to put a team(s) together for this years event.
The event takes place at Westcliff Rugby club on 23rd-24th June. The teams run (as best as possible) a non-stop relay for 24 hours. This can be run or walked, and there is no target on the number or speed of laps. The objective is to have a personal challenge, have fun (maybe dress up?), and raise some funds for Harp and 3rd CB. No-one should feel they can’t contribute. Continue reading Runners wanted for HARP 24 Hour Race→
We’ve had a busy year of Scouting Adventures during 2017, from sailing to cycling, and falling down hills to camping on a deserted beach. Here’s a short video of what we’ve been up to over the past year:
On Saturday 20 January 3rdCB held the Group’s annual Presentation Evening – our opportunity to tell friends, families and the rest of 3rdCB what we’ve been up to over the past year, and celebrate the achievements of all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers over the past year.
Each section took it in turns to talk about their activities, present awards for competitions across the year, and honour the young people who had really stood out. Awards were presented by The High Sheriff of Essex, who is the Queen’s representative for law and order in the county. A small team of actors – one person from each section – put on a short sketch showing how each age group looks up and down to each other, and how we’re ultimately just one big family.
Congratulations to everyone who received an award!
On Sunday 17 December we held our annual Toy & Carol Service at The Den, along with the congregation from New Road’s Fishermen’s Chapel. It was a busy morning in the Old Town and our HQ was packed with young people and their families to sing some of our favourite carols; we hope you all enjoyed the singing and service.
As in previous years the Group has been collecting toys for those children less fortunate than ourselves in the town, which will be distributed by the Marigold Centre in Southend. There was a huge stack filling the corner of The Den, donated by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents – thank you very much for your generosity, which will make a genuine difference to children elsewhere in the Southend area.
3rdCB have been out in force fundraising in the run up to Christmas, with several events and activities raising money which will allow us to expand our facilities and training in Old Leigh, and keep Scouting accessible for all.
On Thursday 7 December a choir of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gathered at Leigh-on-Sea Station to sing Christmas Carols to commuters on their way home. Singing favourites such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the group raised £228. Well done to everyone that came and sang, and thank you to c2c for having us, and of course all the commuters who donated money. Continue reading Winter Fundraising Roundup→
Three of 3rdCB’s RYA Sailing Instructors have added another string to their bow this month, by completing the Keelboat Instructor Endorsement. This additional qualification will enable 3rdCB to teach & assess sailing skills in the Group’s two larger sailing boats – our 25′ Drascombe Gig Frank B, and 18′ EOD Percussion, which are perfectly suited for longer range expeditions, in addition to our fleet of smaller dinghies.
Thanks to Jim from Essex Outdoors for coming down to run his final course with us.
On Friday 17 November, 3rd Chalkwell Bay was visited by a Staff Officer from the Royal Navy for our biennial review to ensure we meet the standards required for RN Recognition. There has been a change in format from previous years, and this time around there was no formal inspection – instead the Scouts from Renown and Solebay Troops moved around a number of bases learning about seamanship, the Group’s boats, map work and first aid to name but a few, with instruction by the leaders and Explorer Scouts.
It was quite a squeeze in the hall with over 100 Scouts, Explorers and leaders, but the reviewing officer – Lt Miles Halahan RN, the East of England Area Careers Officer – was clearly impressed with what he saw, and delighted to renew our recognition & affiliation to the Royal Navy.
On a cold clear Sunday morning in November, over 100 Scouts and Explorers of 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined with veterans, civil and youth organisations from Southend at the town’s Cenotaph, to observe 2 minutes silence in remembrance of the fallen.
Exciting news for 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts this month – the Group’s fundraising activities and grant applications over the past two years have paid off, and in October we took delivery of 4 brand new RS Quest Sailing Dinghies at our HQ in Old Leigh.
The new boats offer a significant addition to the 3rdCB fleet – they’re specifically designed for training young people, meaning they’re lighter & easier to handle than our current Wanderer dinghies which have served the Scouts well over the past 24 years, as well as requiring less maintenance. They will take over as our main training dinghies from next season, with our instructor team continuing to teach the Scouts sailing to national standards under the Royal Yachting Association’s training scheme most weekends. Continue reading New sailing dinghies arrive for 3rdCB→