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.
After the success of our Pass The Scarf video back at the start of the pandemic and the introduction of a new lockdown we have been working to bring everyone in the group virtually together once again.
In January our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders have all been filming clips for our new video. We hope you enjoy our Mexican Wave!
As we approach Christmas and the end of the year it is normal to reflect on the past year’s highs and lows. This year we do the same but it is important, that whilst acknowledging the lows, we do so with positivity.
It goes without saying that 2020 will go down as a year like no other, where we lost freedoms that we would normally take for granted, none greater than the ability to socialise face to face with family and friends. We have seen this impact on Scouting since March, turning upside down how we normally deliver every day activities and most especially cancelling all nights away events. We must remember restrictions placed upon us all have been in response to the most significant pandemic in living memory where many have lost their lives. None the less we look forward to feeling the benefits of a vaccine and the lessening of restrictions in the New Year so we can once again enjoy each other’s company without restriction. Continue reading GSL’s Christmas Message→
Two bits of good news on the boating front this week: We’ve passed the annual RYA Inspection of our facilities & methods, and a new Chief Instructor is taking the reigns of the boating team.
Sailing through the RYA Inspection
The Group had its annual Royal Yachting Association inspection on Thursday 19 November, where an RYA inspector checks through all of our operating procedures, emergency action plans and health & safety policies, as well as physically inspecting all our safety equipment and fleet of boats. Continue reading Boating News: Inspection Success and Change at the Top→
3rdCB were very grateful to be selected as one of this year’s Co-op Community Fund charities in Leigh-on-Sea, supporting us in our bid to buy a new safety boat.
The scheme has now completed, and we’ve received a whopping £3,995 donation from the Co-op!
Thank you to everyone who nominated us and shopped in the Leigh Co-ops over the past year. Coupled with the £10,000 we’ve already received from Sports England, plus other fundraising activities, we’re ready to add to our safety boat fleet and offer even more activities on the water to young people. The boating team are currently investigating the best option for us so we can purchase it for the next sailing season.
Alongside Scouting, 3rdCB also runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, giving youth members aged 14 (or school year 9) to 25 the opportunity gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life.
We’re incredibly proud to see our first “home grown” Explorers achieve the top Gold award through 3rdCB, the culmination of many years of work and commitment. A huge congratulations to Rob, Sophie and Conor on your success, and we hope you are the first of many more Gold awards to come.
There was sadly no public Remembrance Day Service this year due to the current lockdown. Despite being unable to come together as a Group to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we came together individually and as families, and stood on our doorsteps with the rest of the community to observe the 2 minutes silence at 11:00.
As part of the scaled down commemorations, our affiliated branch of the Royal British Legion will laid a wreath on our behalf at St Clement’s Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
As part of their remembrance activities, the Cubs have painted special remembrance stones, which Akela has laid around the Fishermen’s memorial in St Clement’s Church yard. Why not take a look if you’re nearby.
You can learn more about how 3rdCB carried on Scouting and supported the war effort around Leigh-on-Sea at 3rdCB.org.uk/about/history
COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we’ve faced in a generation. Whilst we at 3rdCB are very fortunate to be financially stable, over 500 Scout groups – many of them based in communities that were already made vulnerable before the virus hit – are struggling to make ends meet. If they close their doors, thousands of young people will miss out on all the life-changing skills and experiences being a Scout can bring, precisely when they need us most.
The Scouts, as a national organisation, are asking everyone – including young people and their families, volunteers, and former Scouts – to sign up and join one of four teams as we #RaceRoundTheWorld.
The four teams are racing each other to see who can be the first to travel the 43,000 miles to get round the world. Everyone who takes part will be following our route at least once, though we’re encouraging everyone to take on as many miles as they can manage!
Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November, official guidance from National Youth Agency and The Scouts means we’ve had to pause face-to-face Scouting activities for the time being, in line with Government legislation.
Fear not, it will hopefully only be for a few weeks, and we’ve done it before now. In the meantime the leader teams are planning a variety of virtual activities for you all – watch this space and we’ll be back before you know it. Continue reading Back into Lockdown and Virtual Scouting→
Alongside Scouting, 3rd Chalkwell Bay gives youth members the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with us.
We are now canvassing interest for new groups to start Bronze and Silver DofE Awards for this school year for participants in school Year 9 or above. We have run this at 3rdCB for 3 years now, with increasing numbers successfully completing Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
We’re still unsure what 2021 will look like in terms of our ability to run expeditions, but we have every intention of making this work where we can under DofE and Scouting guidelines. By completing all other sections of the awards young people will receive the Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement, and ‘catch up’ with the expedition when the situation allows.
If you would like to register or find out more information, fill in the form at 3rdCB.org.uk/dofe-interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in touch. We will arrange a Zoom call in November to give you more information, introduce the proposed programme and explain how to get started.
We’re delighted to welcome Colin Sedgwick MBE formally back into the 3rdCB fold as a Vice President of the Group. Colin has a very long association with 3rdCB, and was Sea Scout Leader of Nelson Troop in the 60’s and 70’s before Ian Johnson took over the role (he was in fact Ian’s Scout Leader!).
Colin is the owner of Mike’s Boatyard in Old Leigh, through which he continues to lends us a huge amount of support, including employment to many an older Scout over the years, and remains very much a part of the Old Leigh maritime community. He is also a longstanding member of Southend RNLI, for which he was awarded the MBE in 2012.
We’re very glad to be able to welcome Colin back as a formal member of 3rd Chalkwell Bay, joining President Les Davis, and Vice Presidents Mike Regan, Angela Cruiks and Carol Tissington.