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, British Rowing and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 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. Dauntless Active Support Unit supports training and social activities for 18-25 year olds. 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 commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences. Continue reading Scout pays homage to D-Day Veteran Great Grandfather→
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers to join in with. All courses based on national governing body standards and taught by qualified instructors, leading to formal qualifications as well as Scout badges.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
This year Renown scouts entered county backpack for the first time.
County backpack, organised by Essex Scouts, is a two-day Incident Hike around the local countryside, The scouts had to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning to the campsite. This was no easy task with some groups hiking over 40KM during the event.
As well as completing the tasks at the bases the scouts also had to plan their own routes, fill out the route cards and walk between the basses unaccompanied by the leaders. This was a great chance for them to practice their map reading skills ready for our next adventure.
A huge congratulations must go to all teams that took part, but especially to “Penguins” who came 6th place out of 38 teams in their category.
On Saturday 26 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 HM Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst, who is Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative in the county.
Congratulations to everyone who received an award!
Ian took up his first adult appointment at the age of 18 years, and then took on the role of Sea Scout leader 4 Years Later, which he held for a staggering 47 years. In 2015 Ian became Group Scout Leader and he remained in this role until he passed away.
The video below contains memories of Ian held by members of the group and was produced for Presentation Evening 2019.
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you all of the sad passing of 3rd Chalkwell Bays Group Scout Leader Ian Johnson.
Ian was taken unwell last night and sadly died. This will come to a great shock to many and he will be sadly missed considering the thousands of young people and adults that he has supported and led over the years.
He was a prominent character in the community serving with Essex Fire and Rescue Service, St Johns Ambulance, the Scout Association and many other organisations.
His community spirit and dedication saw him achieve being a Freeman of the Borough of Southend and more recently MBE.