Welcome to 3rd Chalkwell Bay

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.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information

Update: 16 March 2020: I have no doubt that you will by now by aware of the most recent briefing from the Prime Minister. I had hoped to provide a more comprehensive update in a few days’ time however the District Commissioner has taken the decision that all section meetings should cease for the time being.

Sadly at this time there will be no section meetings until further notice.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team are meeting tomorrow to discuss the impact of the latest advice in particular on future planned events. I will provide you all with a full update in a few days.

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Den Ground Floor Refurbishment

Concept for the refurbishment and expansions of The Den’s Ground Floor. (There are a few subtle changes on the final version).

At the end of February 3rdCB management team held an exciting and productive meeting (so far as committee meetings can be) so move forward with plans to redesign the ground floor of our HQ. After a lot of hard work we have agreed the prime contractor and tender, and plans are ready with only minor adjustments remaining.

We’re hoping for work to start in a matter of weeks to expand our facilities, with phase 1 offering larger changing rooms, new facilities for leaders, and a dedicated classroom to teach water-based skills in. In due course we’ll be redeveloping the boating yard as well, resurfacing it and building a dedicated camp store / boat maintenance building.

We’re very grateful to the many organisations and individuals, too numerous to mention, who’ve donated their time, skills and funding to us so we can move ahead with the project. If you or an organisation you work with are able to provide financial or technical support to us as we move forward with our expansion project, please get in touch.

 

Spring Fundraising Update

Welcome to our Spring fundraising update, letting you know what’s going on in 3rdCB and how you can support your Scout Group.

We Need Your Ideas

This year is now well underway and the fundraising team are busy planning events to get everyone involved. To help us do this, we would really appreciate any ideas that you may have for events you would like to see throughout the year. Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to run them, we just need some ideas! Any ideas you have please email Megan and the team at fundraising@3rdcb.org.uk or jot it down and drop it into The Den on any section night. Continue reading Spring Fundraising Update

Awards all round at Presentation Evening

On Saturday 18 January we held our annual presentation evening, reviewing our adventures and activities over the past year, celebrating the achievements of our Beavers, Cubs, Sea Scouts and Explorers in 2019, and giving out prizes and awards.

Thank you to The Worshipful Mayor of Southend, Cllr John Lamb, for presenting the awards and prizes, and to Leigh Road Baptist Church for their superb support.

In total we gave out 22 awards for teamwork, improving skills and setting an outstanding example, as well as a number of Chief Scout’s and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

More photos on our private members Facebook Group

Safety Boat Fundraising supported by Co-op Community Fund

We’re excited to have been selected by the Co-op in Leigh as one of the local causes for their Community Fund for the next year. We’re raising funds for a new safety boat, allowing us to expand the opportunities we can offer for activities afloat, getting even more young people out on the water learning new skills, team work and self-reliance.

By signing up as a Co-op member and selecting to support 3rdCB, we get 1% of everything that you spend on Co-op branded products and services. In a previous round a couple of years ago this funding raised over £3,000 for 3rdCB, and paid for one of our  new RS Quest sailing dinghy!

All you need to do is sign in to your Co-op account if you have one – or sign up if not (it only costs £1) – and nominate us as your local cause, then remember to swipe your co-op card every time you shop in store. This is an amazing opportunity for us and we’re really grateful to Co-op for this support, so please sign up and support your Scout Group.

To sign up and nominate us as your preferred local charity, please visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/37211

Cubs Sleep Rough for HARP

To learn about the challenges some in our community face and how they can help, the Cubs spent a night sleeping rough, outside of our HQ in Old Leigh in October 2019.

14 Cubs and their leaders build cardboard shelters and slept outside in them, for their second year taking part in the Really Big South Essex Sleep Out, organised by HARP, Southend’s homeless charity.

Through sponsorship, they raised a phenomenal £810.50 so far and are still bringing more in! The whole event raised over £9,000 to support local people taking steps to overcome homelessness for good.

Annual Report 2019

The Group’s annual report for 2018/19 is now out, with details of what we’ve been up to over the past year.

At the Group’s AGM on 11 September 2019, we also welcomed a number of new parents onto the Group’s Executive Committee, which looks after the management and finances of 3rdCB.

You can download a copy of the report here:
PDF Annual Report 2018/19

Scout Teams Run for HARP 24

3rdCB HARP24 Team

3rdCB entered two teams into this year’s HARP 24 hour race this weekend, raising money for the Group and HARP, Southend Homeless charity.

Over 24 hours the whole Scouting family, made up of leaders, parents, Scouts and their families, ran 370 miles (that’s 595km)!

The team have put in an amazing effort and raised over £3,440, smashing last years total – thank you so much to everyone that supported them and donated.

Runner Sophie Rogers made a short video of highlights from the 3rdCB teams’ day at this year’s HARP24:


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Renown Troop Weekend Camp

Renown Sea Scouts Troop headed over to Belchamps Scout Activity Centre in mid-June for their annual Training and Activity Camp.

They had a great weekend of activities, setting up camp on Friday night and playing a widegame in the woods. Saturday morning was training in use of saws and axes to cut wood, and how to light a fire, then in the afternoon heading over to the air rifle range for some shooting. All the meals were cooked by the Scouts in their patrols over open fires, with spaghetti bolognese and homemade garlic bread for dinner. As it got dark on Saturday evening we invested 3 new Scouts into the Troop, where they made their promise and drank the health of Davey Jones’ Locker by the light of the camp fire.

Sunday was back into activities, with the four patrols swapping between the High Ropes course (record 42 seconds from start to finish!) and Pedal Kart racing, whilst packing up the site in between.

All great Scouting #SkillsForLife with a fantastic bunch of Scouts in the Troop! Next stop Summer Camp – only 5 weeks to go!

More photos of the weekend are in the members Facebook Group.

Fish Supper Quiz Night Fun

As part of our fundraising efforts to expand our HQ and increase the number of activities we can run in Old Leigh, we held a Fish n Chip Supper and Quiz Night in The Den on Saturday 8 June.

‪A great fun night, and wonderful to see so many families with the Scouts & Explorers along with leaders and their friends come down for the evening.  We raised over £800 for the Group, and more importantly had a great time doing it.

A huge thanks to everyone who came and made it a fun night, and especially to Quizmaster Tim, Scorekeeper Sam, and organisers Megan & Marcus.

Skills for Life