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 18 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 BRA Recognised Training Centre, giving formal sailing, power boating and rowing training to national standards most weekends. We also offer an array of land based activities and traditional Scouting skills such as 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. 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.
We’re very pleased to have passed our recent Royal Yachting Association Inspection “with flying colours”, allowing us to continue teaching dinghy sailing and powerboating to national governing body standards, and issue globally recognised certificates to our Scouts, as well as their Scouting badges. Continue reading RYA Accreditation Renewed→
An old 3rdCB summer tradition of Ray Days was resurrected during the summer holidays. A team of 16 Scouts, Explorers and leaders left The Den on the ebbing tide in the early hours of Saturday morning and took our fleet of sailing and motor boats out to the middle of the Thames Estuary off Westcliff. As the tide dropped the the Marsh End Sands were revealed, separating the Ray Gut and Southend from the deep water Sea Reach shipping channel. When the tide is out the sands give a solid beach to land on, play games, cook BBQs and sail off; the Ray is also very sheltered allowing for some good sailing & swiming. Continue reading Ray Day Fun in the Sun→
Renown Troop had a visit from the watch at Leigh Fire & Rescue recently, who showed the Scouts the equipment they carry and what they can do. They set the fire engine and equipment up on Bell Wharf and the beach in Old Leigh, taking water from Leigh Creek, and allowed the Scouts to have a go on both ends of the hoses.
The visit followed on from the Scouts’ trip to Leigh Fire Station earlier in the year to learn about fire safety and prevention as part of their Fire Safety badge. This was the second time the watch had visited us in Old Leigh, they were also down in June to visit Solebay Troop for a similar demonstration.
What do 1400 rubber ducks racing down Leigh Creek look like? What the video below to find out!
3rdCB Scouts helped out the Leigh-on-Sea Lions Club with their annual charity duck race, aiding the swarm of ducks along Leigh Creek from Bell Wharf to the finish line off Billet Wharf. The ducks are sold at £1 each to raise money for local charities, with a prize for the first 3 across the line.
As the ducks cross the finish line the Scouts were on hand to collect them all in and transport them back to shore in one of our rowing dinghies.
It’s not just our own Scouts that get to go sailing. Several times a year the 3rdCB instructors run sailing acquaints and courses for other Scout Groups in the area; today it was 2nd Thundersley Cubs & Scouts out for a day on the river. They group tried their hand at sailing, rides in the RIBs and swimming in the sea.
A team of 7 leaders, parents & supporters from 3rdCB entered the HARP 24 Hour Race on 25-26 June, raising money for Our Big Project – the Group’s new boating centre.
The gruelling day and night running race was held at Westcliff Rugby Club and involved the team running as many laps as possible in a 24 hour period – in total they managed 153 miles!
The team consisted of: Tom Ager-Lowden (Scout Troop Assistant), Jamie Hockley (Cub Pack Assistant and Beaver & Cub Dad), Colin Lander (Long Standing Supporter of 3rdCB), Martin Palmer (Asst Cub Leader and Scout & Cub Dad), Louis Phillips (Asst Cub Leader), Rik Snarey (Scout Dad and husband of Asst Cub Leader Chantal) and Simon Whalley (Scout & Beaver Dad).
In total, the team raised over £1,100 towards the new boating centre. A huge thank you to all 7 of them, not to mention all the supporters who came to visit and cheer them on, and all the parents, relatives and friends who sponsored them and donated money to help us make Our Big Project a reality!
With summer and the camping season coming up, don’t forget that all Scouts (including Beavers, Cubs and Explorers) can get an extra 10% off at GoOutdoors. Millets and other big outdoor firms normally give a similar discount too if you ask.
The sun came out for the day for our Open Day at The Den on Sunday 5 June. Every year at the start of the summer we throw open our doors and invite parents, family and friends into The Den to see what we get up, meet the leader team and get out on the water. Most of the fleet went afloat, taking visitors out for rides on our safety boats, tours or Old Leigh in the Yellow Boat, or trying their hand at sailing the gig and dinghies. There was also a BBQ and a selection of cakes donated by parents, plus games like Bat the Rat and Pin the hat on the Sea Scout for our younger members.
In total we raised £312.65 from the BBQ, cake stall and games. Thank you to everyone who donated, helped out, or just came down for the day.
Summer has been a little hit and miss so far this year, but that didn’t stop a collection of 3rdCB’s old (and not so old) boys and girls returning for their annual reunion at The Den. The Guzzlers’ Den Day is a firm favourite in the summer calendar, getting former members of the Group together to relive their youth in the Old Town, get afloat and show off their sailing prowess (in a slightly more sedate manner than the current batch of Scouts), and tell stories around the BBQ. It was great to see some old faces, and to welcome the family of Dave Packer back to Old Leigh for the day. Some guzzling may also have occurred…