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. 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 British Rowing Recognised Training Centre, giving formal sailing, power boating and rowing training to national standards most weekends. We also offer a wide range of other activities and traditional Scouting skills including 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; 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. 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, and a parents support team who assist with fundraising.
3rdCB have been selected by the Co-Op in Leigh Broadway as one of the causes in their Community Fund, running from April until the end of September. This means that by selecting us, co-op will donate 1% of everything their members spend on Co-op branded products and services to us.
One of our current projects is to raise money to upgrade our fleet of training sailing boats. We want to replace the Wanderers, which have provided excellent service over the past 20 years teaching generations of Scouts how to sail, with new RS Quests which will allow us to improve and expand the level of teaching afloat that we provide.
All you need to do to support us is sign in to your co-op account using the link below, or sign up if you don’t have an account (it’s all free), and select us as your local cause. Then remember to swipe your co-op card every time you shop in store – co-op will do the rest. Previous co-op causes have raised over £3,000, so please sign up and support us in this round.
Cub Leader Kate Emery is doing the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest peaks in England Scotland and Wales: Snowdon, in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike, in England (978m), and Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1345m). All this within 24 hours, raising money for 3rdCB and Glendale School!
On Sunday 23 April, 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined all the other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, and their leaders in Southend West District to renew their Scout Promises on St Georges Day.
The district marched in the sun along Marine Parade to Wesley Church in Leigh for a short service, watch by many Leigh locals on the sunny spring day. After promising to do their best, it was back along Marine Parade 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.
Some of you may have noticed a big blond mop of hair wandering around the Old Town over the last few months. This is Tom, one of our Explorer Unit Assistants; he lost a bet to not cut his hair from Christmas to Easter.
To help raise funds for 3rdCB, he got friends to sponsor him to cut it all off, and over the Easter weekend it all went! Well done Tom for raising over £100 for us!
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 2017 Water Activity Courses now available for booking→
On Saturday 18th March 3rdCB took over Leigh Community Centre for a band night fundraising event. Below Sea Level entertained over 200 parents, family, friends & leaders from the group for the evening with their wide range of covers that filled the dance floor.
Ticket sales, the raffle and 100 square raised over £1,160 for 3rdCB, which will support a range of projects including our new boating centre and new sailing dinghies, as well as keeping our Scouting affordable.
Thanks to everyone who supported us tonight, particularly all the local businesses who kindly donated prizes, Leigh Community Centre for having us, and especially to Sarah Hodder for organising the whole fantastic evening.
As the weather starts to improve and we get to spend more time outdoors, we made a video of some of the adventures that our Sea Scouts got up to during 2016, and what to expect this year: out on the water, around Old Leigh, and camping at Essex International Jamboree.
Congratulations to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents who received awards at our annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 25 February. We hope all the parents enjoyed hearing about what we’ve been up over the past yer year, and our plans for the future.
Each section gave a run down on their activities in 2016, before presenting awards to the young people who had achieved the most, and the lodges, sixes & patrols that had worked the hardest together and won various competitions throughout the year. Continue reading Awards all round at Presentation Evening→
This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support, it promises to be a great night.
We would love to invite you, your family and friends to our fundraising Band Night on 18 March 2017.
The evening promises to be great! The band ‘Below Sea Level’ are a very popular band who appeal to all ages and music tastes. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the band starts at 8pm finishing at 11.30pm in the lower hall of the Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road.
The bar will be open but feel free to BYO snacks, grab a table or dance the night away!