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.

Revised Scouting COVID Precautions

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK. Yesterday we also received new direction from The Scout Association and National Youth Agency as result.

From today everyone aged 11+ must wear a face covering when indoors, our expectation is this will cover all Sea Scouts, Explorers and adults, unless they are exempt. There will be certain scenarios that mean a face mask will not be worn including those that are exempt and when delivering sessions or eating. Unfortunately we are not able to provide face coverings so it is important that your child attends with one.

Since the removal of restrictions we have continued to promote the washing and sanitising of hands with hand gel by the leaders teams. We also ensure that The Den is well ventilated. Our expectation is that no one attends section meetings or other events whilst feeling unwell. Whilst we appreciate that there are colds and other illnesses other than COVID, we want to be confident that all our young people are following the guidance from school and testing twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. I have asked that leaders that believe a young person is not well to contact you with a view that they are collected.

All young people aged 12 and above can take up the offer of the vaccine, to book a vaccination, please visit Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Christmas Carol Service and Toy Collection

Due to the latest guidance the our planned Christmas Carol and Toy Church Parade next Sunday will not go ahead, as both the leadership and I do not feel that the event can be fully appreciated in the current circumstances.

We are still however collecting donations of toys and gifts for the Marigold Centre, to support children and families in the town who aren’t as fortunate as many of us, which can be brought to The Den on your child’s normal meeting night (unwrapped please).

We hope that these temporary measures don’t last long however we do ask for your support through this period to minimise the transmission of coronavirus.

Celebrating our Volunteers

The first week of June is National Volunteers’ Week, and we’re celebrating our volunteers’ valuable contribution to making 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts the huge success it is today. This week is a great opportunity to tell everyone about their amazing work.

We enjoy the support of more than 100 volunteers, whether Leaders or Young Leaders, Active Support Members or Trustees, everyone’s contribution makes us as a Scout Group complete.

Throughout the last year, despite the constraints of COVID the team of leaders, instructors and supporters have delivered an extensive programme to our young people, whether virtually or in person where allowed. The team organised online meetings, set up badges to do at home, arranged camps in gardens, and when possible re-worked the programmes to carry our safe, socially distanced meetings, not to mention overseeing significant building work at our HQ.

In 2020 3rd Chalkwell Bay volunteers were acknowledged by HM The Queen with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteers and a huge honour for a team that gives so much for the young people of our community.

Could you be a volunteer? Find out more about the opportunities we have to offer at 3rdCB.org.uk/join/volunteer

Up-skilling our Sailing Instructors

We’re pleased to add two new RYA Senior Dinghy Sailing Instructors to our ranks.

Megan & Harry, who have both taught numerous Scouts and Explorers to sail in Old Leigh, spent the past week in Poole Harbour on the RYA’s SI course learning how to run sailing sessions, manage instructors and run a sailing centre. Huge well done to both of you, and looking forward to seeing you using your skills to get more Scouts out on the water gaining qualifications and skills for life!

Resuming Face-to-face Scouting

Exciting News! With COVID restrictions relaxing at Easter, we’ll be back to face-to-face meetings & activities after the Easter holidays. We can’t wait to go on new adventures, and learn new #SkillsForLife with you all!

The leader team will be in touch shortly with programmes for Beaves, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Paralympic Legend Zooms in to talk with Scouts

Tonight we were joined in our virtual meeting by the awesome Helena Lucas MBE, who talked to the Scouts and Explorers about sailing, her journey to the Paralympics and how to get ahead on the water, as well as answering our questions.

Thank you so much for chatting with us Helena, a great and informative evening.

Cubs Support Leigh Tin Team

The 3rdCB Cubs and their parents have been helping out our community in these challenging teams, donating food for the Leigh Tin Team to support food banks and homeless charities in Southend. The Cub leaders collected from 27 different Cubs’ houses at the start of March –  thank you to everyone who left a donation out.

These help both homeless and those families struggling to put good food on the table at the moment. Leigh Tin Team probably have a regular collection in your area, so please remember them – details at www.tinteams.org


Thank Two

Thank YouEvery year on February 22, we take some time to commemorate the history of Scouts and thank the volunteers who make it possible. This week – after what’s frankly been a bit of a rubbish year – we want to double the amount of gratitude we show.

We’d like everyone – volunteers, young people and parents/careers – to join us by celebrating #ThankTwo. It’s easy to get involved – all we ask is that you show your gratitude and thank two people and/or groups of people. These people can be fellow members who’ve kept Scouting despite the setbacks, volunteers who’ve organised Scouts meetings, and/or heroes of your local community.

We’re asking you to give your chosen heroes prime spot on your windows. We’ve created a couple of templates which you can download below, decorated at home, then show off your designs and highlight the two people you want to thank by displaying the signs in your window. That way, everyone who walks pass will know who’s gone above and beyond in your community. Continue reading Thank Two

Going Strong after 90 Years of Scouting

31 January is census day for UK Scouting, where across the country we take stock of our membership.

As we start our 90th year of Scouting in Leigh-on-Sea, the 3rdCB family is 214 young people strong, supported by 89 adults!

We can’t wait to get back and see you all again, building friendships & learning new Skills For Life soon.

Virtual Mexican Wave

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!

GSL’s Christmas Message

Merry ChristmasAs 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

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