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.
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.
More photos of the day on our members-only Facebook Group here
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.
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.
More photos of the day are on the members Facebook group.
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.
More photos of the weekend are on our members Facebook Group
Our Mega Cubs had a Mega time at Essex Scouts’ MegaCamp in June.
They joined hundreds of other Cubs from around the county and beyond to journey back in time with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, for an adventure filled medieval weekend.
Activities on offer included climbing and high ropes, archery and go-karts, as well as challenges big and small, medieval craft, magic, mayhem and much, much more.
Our thanks to all the team who made it such a memorable weekend.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Sea Scouting’s partnership with the Royal Navy, and earlier this year Sea Scouts from across the country were invited to design a badge to mark the occasion.
We’re delighted to be told that one of our Scouts has won the competition, and her design will be turned into the badge that can be worn by every Sea Scout in the country – a huge congratulations to the very creative and talented Tallulah from Solebay Troop.
Scout HQ received an amazing 120 entries from young people around the UK, and representatives from the Royal Navy, the UK Youth Commissioner Team, and volunteers and staff supporting Sea Scouting, had the really difficult task of choosing a winning entry.
On Sunday 22 April, the day before St Georges Day, 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined with several hundred other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders in Leigh-on-Sea, and around the country, to renew our promise to do our best.
There was a short service in Wesley Church, where we learned about what Scouting’s been up to over the past year, and where else in the world young people were making a similar promise, followed by a march-past through the heard of Leigh along the Broadway and Marine Parade. A great demonstration that Scouting is strong and vibrant in our community, with the assorted Groups’ colours flying, to meet the many families that were there to watch.
Well done to everyone who was there for your efforts in making 3rdCB by far the largest contingent, and in our humble opinion the smartest of the assorted Groups.
More photos are available on our member Facebook Group here.
Chantal, one of our Cub Leaders ran in the London Marathon today, finishing in 6hrs 7mins (Race Number 48042). Huge well done Chantal for an amazing effort, both in the running and fundraising.
Chantal’s been raising money on behalf of SPARKS, a children’s research charity (who are now in partnership with Great Ormond Street) finding treatments and cures to illnesses that otherwise would be fatal or life debilitating.
We never know in life when we may find ourselves relying on their hard work. Whether it be with friends, or even closer to home our own family, children, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren….
Chantal’s worked really hard to get to the finish line so please take a minute and go on her just giving page and donate what you can at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chantal-snarey1
Easter means one thing to 3rdCB – our annual trip to the Derbyshire Peak District for a week of hill walking and adventurous activities. This year we went hiking, mountain biking, caving, swimming, explored the village, and had a massive snowball fight.
Here’s just a bit of what we got up to (full screen link):
Despite experiencing four seasons of weather in a week, this has still gone down as one of the best trips yet.