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.
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.
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….
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.
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 2018 Water Activity Courses now available for booking→
Our first fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 17 March – Chinese dinner out at Fortune Garden on London Road. We had a great night, with fantastic food, fun company, and best of all we raised £619 for the Group which will be used to help us run more activities for the young people of Leigh-on-Sea.
Thanks to Fortune Garden for hosting us and serving such amazing food, to everyone who come along and supported the evening and donated prizes to the raffle, and of course to Amy for all her hard work in organising the evening.
More exciting events are planned for this year, and we hope to see you all at the next one soon.
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.