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 and British Rowing 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; 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. 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.
On Saturday 26 January 3rdCB held the Group’s annual Presentation Evening – our opportunity to tell friends, families and the rest of 3rdCB what we’ve been up to over the past year, and celebrate the achievements of all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers over the past year.
Each section took it in turns to talk about their activities, present awards for competitions across the year, and honour the young people who had really stood out. Awards were presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst, who is Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the county.
Congratulations to everyone who received an award!
Ian took up his first adult appointment at the age of 18 years, and then took on the role of Sea Scout leader 4 Years Later, which he held for a staggering 47 years. In 2015 Ian became Group Scout Leader and he remained in this role until he passed away.
The video below contains memories of Ian held by members of the group and was produced for Presentation Evening 2019.
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you all of the sad passing of 3rd Chalkwell Bays Group Scout Leader Ian Johnson.
Ian was taken unwell last night and sadly died. This will come to a great shock to many and he will be sadly missed considering the thousands of young people and adults that he has supported and led over the years.
He was a prominent character in the community serving with Essex Fire and Rescue Service, St Johns Ambulance, the Scout Association and many other organisations.
His community spirit and dedication saw him achieve being a Freeman of the Borough of Southend and more recently MBE.
We’ve applied to the Aviva Community Fund for help in buying a new safety boat for The Den, which will allow us to run more activities on the water for the young people of 3rdCB and Old Leigh. Our aim is to get more young people afloat in Leigh-on-Sea, learning teamwork and Skills for Life.
We’ve successfully got through the first round, and now we need your voted to secure funding from them. To support us, all you need to do is visit the link below, sign up (it’s free, only takes a minute, and you don’t end up on any mailing lists), then vote for us. You get 10 votes which you can spread around, or even better you can give them all to 3rdCB.
Please share our project far and wide with your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else to get votes for us. Small things make a big difference and every one person you talk to gets 10 votes to cast towards helping us secure the funding from Aviva, increasing our chances of reaching the finals.
Eight Scouts from Renown Troop have achieved the top training award in Scouts this year: the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. It’s the culmination of their time in the Troop and lots of hard work; to gain the award the Scouts had to complete 9 separate challenge badges, including an expedition away, as well as at least 15 nights away and 6 different activity badges. Well done all – thoroughly deserved!
Our biggest fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 9 September – Old Leigh Regatta!
The sunny day drew huge crowds into the Old Town for a mixture of live music, family games (run by the Scouts), a wide variety of food and drink outlets, including a vast display of home made cakes in the 3rdCB Tea Tent from our parents. Visitors joined in watching traditional favourites, the Cub welly hoying competition, Scout Sedan Chair Race, water games from the beach, and cockle & banana eating contests.
Thank you to everyone who supported us for the day, either by helping on stalls, in the tea tent, marshalling and on the road barriers, setting up & packing away, donating jumble or making cakes. We raised £2,300, with a bit more still to come from the collecting tins. We really couldn’t do it without your help and it makes a huge difference to the activities & facilities we can offer to the Scouts.
Ever seen 1,400 plastic ducks racing down Leigh Creek? You have now!
Our Scouts have been out helping the Lions Club of Leigh-on-Sea with their annual duck race in Old Leigh, shepherding the swarm of yellow ducks in their race along the creek. Starting at Bell Wharf as the tide started to flood, the flotilla made its way to the finish line by the Peter Boat, where they were gathered up in one of our rowing dinghies and transported back to The Den. The ducks are sold at £1 each to raise money for local charities, with a prize for the first 3 across the line.
This year’s Summer Camp was a Group camp with all 5 sections camping together at Euston Hall in Suffolk. The Beavers even joined us for a couple of nights and got involved in camp fire songs, incredible amounts of running around, and lots of fun and games (they certainly wore the leader team out!) We had beautiful weather all week – apart from the last night where a thunder storm hit and Club Solebay went into full party mode as the Scouts hid from the rain. The following morning was also rather gloomy for striking camp giving the added excitement of the Explorer marquee taking off with Explorers and Leaders clinging on to hold it down!
We were especially fortunate this year to have the opportunity to spend a day at the Army Air Corps station at Wattisham Airfield. We were able to take a look at unit’s weaponry, have a tour of their Apache attack helicopters, and have a go with the fire hose from the onsite fire engine! A big thank you to everyone from the station who organised the day. Continue reading Fun in the Summer Camp Sun→