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.
Following a virtual meeting with Scout HQ and Scouting across the UK on 24 June, it is clear that we will not be able to run any of our normal Summer Camps this year. We realise that this is a disappointment but probably not a surprise and wanted to keep our membership informed as we’re very conscious that families are trying to arrange holidays.
There were a lot of positive messages that came from this meeting and we will hopefully see a staged return to normal Scouting commence soon. Watch this space!
3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts in Old Leigh have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and equivalent to the MBE for voluntary organisations.
We are so pleased to announce we have been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding through Sport England to purchase a new safety boat, helping us to expand the opportunities we can offer to the young people of Leigh-on-Sea, and particularly supporting the This Girl Can campaign. Thanks to everyone who plays National Lottery games for your support, and all those who support our fundraising events! Continue reading National Lottery Funding for new Safety Boat→
Scouting since March has been very different to what we’re used to, but following in our Founder’s spirit of innovation we’re managing to carry on our activities online, pressing on with challenges and learning new skills for life every week. We’ve held online meetings, virtual quiz nights, completed badges at home, camped out in the back garden or made dens at home, renewed our promise on the internet, and come together for video projects that have started national trends! All thanks to a fantastic and imaginative bunch of young people and adults who make 3rdCB one of the best Scout Groups to be a part of! Continue reading Carrying on Scouting… Virtually→
We’ve teamed up with online retailer Amazon to support the Group’s efforts to keep Scouting in Leigh-on-Sea affordable and accessible to all.
With Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice, and we really hope you’ll choose to support 3rd Chalkwell Bay. So far this has raised over £3 million for UK charities!
Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, and whilst we can’t meet in person there are still loads of opportunities to celebrate as a community.
We’re working with HMS Leigh to celebrate VE Day in Southend. Part of this is an online service or Remembrance, and they’d love the Scouts (across all sections and age ranges) to make a short video in their garden/houses, in uniform if possible, talking about how they feel about VE Day, and how they think it compares to their experiences in lockdown.
Also, if you have a story that you know about from your own great grandparents or relatives that fought in WW2 we’d love to hear that too.
On 23 April, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief are getting together for the Big Day In (on radio), and the Big Night In on BBC1 from 7pm. They’ll celebrate the people making a difference across the UK and fundraise to support the people most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Scouts from across the country are getting involved too – we’re asking young people and their families to hike just one mile each – we’ve done the maths, and it’s about 2,000 steps or 20 minutes walking on the spot.
You can hike around your home or garden, or out on your daily exercise if you’re able to.
So get started now by pulling on your walking boots (or your slippers), recording your miles and making donation to Children in Need. It took the Apollo XI crew three days to reach the Moon – let’s see how long it takes Scouts!
After many years of discussion, planning and fundraising, we’re finally ready to start work refurbishing our HQ’s site.
We’re making the most of the pause in face-to-face Scouting and the first phase is starting in just two weeks time! On 28 April work will start on removing the final buildings in Knapp’s Yard (the boating side of the site) and levelling the ground in preparation for the new boat workshop, camp store and dinghy park (although the actual building of this is a later phase of the project).
Over the next couple of weeks a small team will be emptying the final equipment from the site into a temporary store and rearranging the boats to make room. Whilst this work is going on we ask people to keep clear of The Den and respect the social distancing guidance, although if you’re passing on your daily exercise please do take a look from the distance to see how it’s getting on (and feel free to share with others on the 3rdCB Facebook).
We’re also expecting to start the redesign of The Den’s ground floor in the coming weeks as well – watch this space!
During the period of social distancing, we’re encouraging our youth members to carry on learning new Skills for Life at home through Scouting’s numerous activity and challenge badges.
To help with this, we’re rolling out the Parent Portal, a part of Online Scout Manager, the system we use to manage your child’s details and achievements in Scouting. Members can see what badges they can do, and upload videos and photos of them completing badge requirements at home. You can tick off the bits they completed and congratulate them in the system. Over 100,000 requirements have been completed at home since launching 3 weeks ago across the country!