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. We are recognised by the Royal Navy as one of the top 100 Sea Scout Groups in the country.
As a Sea Scout Group a lot of our activities are based on the water, and we have a large fleet of our own boats including Wanderers, Topazs & a Laser Stratos, plus a collection of safety and rowing boats to name a few. We are an RYA and British Rowing Recognised Training Centre, giving formal sailing, power boating and rowing training to national standards most weekends. We also offer a wide range of other activities and traditional Scouting skills including hiking, climbing, camping, and visits away.
The Group has five sections, 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. There is also an old boys (and girls) association called the Leigh Creek Guzzlers, which is open to anyone who has ever been associated with the Group, and a parents support team who assist with fundraising.
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses, British Rowing courses and open boating for all 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. Continue reading 2017 Water Activity Courses now available for booking→
On Saturday 18th March 3rdCB took over Leigh Community Centre for a band night fundraising event. Below Sea Level entertained over 200 parents, family, friends & leaders from the group for the evening with their wide range of covers that filled the dance floor.
Ticket sales, the raffle and 100 square raised over £1,160 for 3rdCB, which will support a range of projects including our new boating centre and new sailing dinghies, as well as keeping our Scouting affordable.
Thanks to everyone who supported us tonight, particularly all the local businesses who kindly donated prizes, Leigh Community Centre for having us, and especially to Sarah Hodder for organising the whole fantastic evening.
As the weather starts to improve and we get to spend more time outdoors, we made a video of some of the adventures that our Sea Scouts got up to during 2016, and what to expect this year: out on the water, around Old Leigh, and camping at Essex International Jamboree.
Congratulations to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents who received awards at our annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 25 February. We hope all the parents enjoyed hearing about what we’ve been up over the past yer year, and our plans for the future.
Each section gave a run down on their activities in 2016, before presenting awards to the young people who had achieved the most, and the lodges, sixes & patrols that had worked the hardest together and won various competitions throughout the year. Continue reading Awards all round at Presentation Evening→
This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support, it promises to be a great night.
We would love to invite you, your family and friends to our fundraising Band Night on 18 March 2017.
The evening promises to be great! The band ‘Below Sea Level’ are a very popular band who appeal to all ages and music tastes. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the band starts at 8pm finishing at 11.30pm in the lower hall of the Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road.
The bar will be open but feel free to BYO snacks, grab a table or dance the night away!
On Sunday 18 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.
At the end of the service the District Commissioner, Dan Parsons, presented 3 Chief Scouts Awards – the highest training award in each section – to Ruby, Emma and Sydney, as well as 10 year service awards to Solebay Scout Troop leaders Karen and Pip.
In the weeks running up to Christmas, 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.
Cub Scouting’s Centenary Year came to a close in style this week.
3rdCB’s Cubs, along with all the other Cubs in the district were invited into Southend’s Council chamber to renew their promise, led by our own Akela (who also happens to be the Asst District Commissioner for Cubs).
Happy birthday to all current and former Cubs, and hears to another 100 years!
December has been a busy month for fundraising at 3rdCB. We started off with a new venture – singing Christmas Carols to commuters at Leigh Station on their way home. Led by Ralph Faulkes (aka Mr Baloo) the choir raised £407 over a couple of hours on a cold Tuesday evening – thank you to all those who came along and sang, as well as the generous commuters of Leigh, and to C2C for having us.
The next weekend we were in Morrison’s in Hadleigh helping shoppers pack their bags and spreading Christmas cheer in return for small donations. These worked out at over £1325 over two days thanks to the kindness of Morrison’s customers, along with a letter from the store’s Community Champion praising the efforts of the Scouts and inviting us back again soon.
Finally, Scout parent Giles Starkey has been busy on behalf of the Group as well. Giles was sponsored to sail 2,700 miles across the Atlantic from Grand Canaria to St Lucia as part of the ARC Rally on the 48′ yacht EH01. Giles raised over £1,250 for the Group’s new boating centre project (there still time to donate if you haven’t already), and arranged further donation of £3,500 from his employers at First State Investments – Thank you very much for all your work Giles.
If you have any ideas for fundraising activities, would like to donate, of if your company would be filling to support us, please get in contact. All funds raised are going towards our New Boating Centre Project and general operating costs to keep Scouting in Old Leigh affordable for all.
3rd Chalkwell Bay joined veterans, dignitaries, cadet forces and many others from the community at Southend Cenotaph on Sunday for the town’s Remembrance Service. Around 130 Scouts, Explorers and leaders had the honour to march with veterans to the war memorial overlooking the Thames Estuary and pay homage to those who gave their lives for our freedom.