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.
Eight Scouts from Renown Troop have achieved the top training award in Scouts this year: the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. It’s the culmination of their time in the Troop and lots of hard work; to gain the award the Scouts had to complete 9 separate challenge badges, including an expedition away, as well as at least 15 nights away and 6 different activity badges. Well done all – thoroughly deserved!
Our biggest fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 9 September – Old Leigh Regatta!
The sunny day drew huge crowds into the Old Town for a mixture of live music, family games (run by the Scouts), a wide variety of food and drink outlets, including a vast display of home made cakes in the 3rdCB Tea Tent from our parents. Visitors joined in watching traditional favourites, the Cub welly hoying competition, Scout Sedan Chair Race, water games from the beach, and cockle & banana eating contests.
Thank you to everyone who supported us for the day, either by helping on stalls, in the tea tent, marshalling and on the road barriers, setting up & packing away, donating jumble or making cakes. We raised £2,300, with a bit more still to come from the collecting tins. We really couldn’t do it without your help and it makes a huge difference to the activities & facilities we can offer to the Scouts.
Ever seen 1,400 plastic ducks racing down Leigh Creek? You have now!
Our Scouts have been out helping the Lions Club of Leigh-on-Sea with their annual duck race in Old Leigh, shepherding the swarm of yellow ducks in their race along the creek. Starting at Bell Wharf as the tide started to flood, the flotilla made its way to the finish line by the Peter Boat, where they were gathered up in one of our rowing dinghies and transported back to The Den. The ducks are sold at £1 each to raise money for local charities, with a prize for the first 3 across the line.
This year’s Summer Camp was a Group camp with all 5 sections camping together at Euston Hall in Suffolk. The Beavers even joined us for a couple of nights and got involved in camp fire songs, incredible amounts of running around, and lots of fun and games (they certainly wore the leader team out!) We had beautiful weather all week – apart from the last night where a thunder storm hit and Club Solebay went into full party mode as the Scouts hid from the rain. The following morning was also rather gloomy for striking camp giving the added excitement of the Explorer marquee taking off with Explorers and Leaders clinging on to hold it down!
We were especially fortunate this year to have the opportunity to spend a day at the Army Air Corps station at Wattisham Airfield. We were able to take a look at unit’s weaponry, have a tour of their Apache attack helicopters, and have a go with the fire hose from the onsite fire engine! A big thank you to everyone from the station who organised the day. Continue reading Fun in the Summer Camp Sun→
Saturday 30 June saw our annual Open Day at The Den, this year with a Hen-Leigh Regatta theme.
Great to see so many people come down to see us in the old town. Across the site we had fun and games for all ages, and if you got hungry there was a BBQ, Paella and so many cakes on offer. For the more adventurous we ran sailing and motor boat experiences (even if it was pretty windy on the day). We were also treated to visits from Southend Lifeboat and Essex Police Marine Unit with their RIBs to show us a what they do (the Scouts were very upset they couldn’t have a trip out on them).
At the end of the day we drew the raffle for a selection of Henley-themed prizes, including the top prize of VIP tickets the real Henley Royal Regatta next summer – congratulations to everyone who won prizes, drawn at random by a variety of young people. Overall we raised £601 for 3rdCBs funds to help support our Scouting Adventures in Old Leigh. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and cakes, and for buying raffle tickets and all the food, it really does make a big difference to the activities we can offer.
Finally, a huge thanks to Sarah, Amy, Sonia, Megan and all of the team for all of their hard work in organising the event, and who made the day so much fun.
It is with with a heavy heart that we report that Nigel Baker, retired Group Scout Leader of 3rd Chalkwell Bay, passed away this weekend.
Nigel was a strong larger than life character who led 3rd Chalkwell Bay for over 35 years, as well as many other Scouts and Leaders from across Leigh and South East Essex.He had a massive impact in both local and national Scouting, not to mention the hundreds of young people that he worked with. Our thoughts are with Christine and the Baker family.
All connected with 3rd CB are welcome to pay their respects at Nigel’s funeral at 13:20 on Wednesday July 11th at Southend Crematorium.
And they’re off! Our two teams of runners have completed the HARP 24 hour race on 23-24 June.
HARP 24 is a 24 hour running race held at Westcliff Rugby Club to raise funds to update and expand the facilities at our HQ in Old Leigh, and to support the wonderful work of HARP Southend with our town’s homeless. The idea is to run as many laps as you can within that time with one member of the team constantly on the go. It was great to have so many visitors come over say hello and cheer the team on .
The team of leaders and parents have done really well raising funds – we’ve smashed the original target, let’s see if we can make it to £2,000 – there’s still time to donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/3cb-harp24/ so please dig deep and donate to support 3rdCB and the amazing HARP Southend.
UPDATE: We’ve like to thank the team of HARP24 2018: Adele & Sophie Rogers, Freya Dumbell, Kara & Ross Gerrie, David Googe, Louis Phillips, Paul Taylor, Chantal Snary, Damian Smith, Vince Payne, Martin Palmer, Megan Richardson and Tom Ager-Lowden, and of course Will Rogers for his Energy bars sales. Over the 24 hour effort the 2 teams covered over 230 miles in a non-stop relay. They all had a great weekend outdoors, promoting Scouting, eating plenty and raising over £1,800 for the group. We hope they are all keeping up the fitness to join us for 2019 and maybe we can even recruit some new faces for a 2019 event.
If you are looking for a challenge to aim for in 2019 and to motivate you towards some regular exercise please contact the fundraising team at TheDen@3rdCB.org.uk and reserve the 22-23rd June 2019 in your diary.
In a new event for 3rdCB – we held our inaugural Summer Cup Dinghy Racing Day on Saturday 14 June, just off our HQ in Old Leigh. Twenty two Sea Scouts & Explorers of mixed abilities entered the day using our fleet of 10 Quests & Topazes for a series of 3 races, learning about the RYA racing rules, start procedure and handicap system.
It was pretty windy weather to say the least, which meant a fair few capsizes, but all the crews did really well, with all keen to do more racing at The Den.
Well done to the winners Jack & Kimi who were racing in a Topaz.
Our youth leaders had a weekend of training in June. Renown & Solebay Scout Troops’ Patrol Leaders and their assistants headed over to Thriftwood Scout Campsite for their annual training camp.
On the programme were camp skills, setting up a site, cooking, axework, gadget making and more, to prepare the 13-14 year olds for our summer camp in a few weeks time, plus camp fire and some fun & games thrown in for good measure.