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.
On Sunday 9 July we threw open the gates to The Den for our annual Open Day at our HQ. It was lovely to see so many families & friends join us in Old Leigh; we had almost the the entire fleet afloat with sun, sea & a BBQ. There was the chance for families and friends to get out on the water and see a bit of what we do.
Thanks to everyone who came and visited, we hope you enjoyed the day; thanks also to all the team who made the whole day happen and such good fun.
For those that weren’t able to make it, one of our very talented parents made a short video. Thanks Sarah.
Our amazing Asst Cub Leader Kate Emery has been out in this hills this weekend (24-25 June), completing the National Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest peaks in England, Scotland & Wales in under 24 hours (23hours and 30 minutes to be precise). She took on the challenge to raise funds for 3rdCB and Glenwood School, and has smashed her fundraising target of £1,000, which will be split between the two charities.
At the finish line Kate said of her adventure “An amazing weekend, met some interesting people. Ben Nevis was my favourite, Scafell Pike was mentally challenging in the dark without my glasses, and Snowdon was a case of get your head down and get it done. Thank you for everyone’s support over the weekend.”
A massive well done Kate, and thank you to everyone who’s supported her!
Renown Sea Scouts have done their good deed for the week. Friday’s Troop meeting during half term was planned as Mud Olympics, but when we got to The Den there was huge amounts to rubbish that had been dumped in the sea around Victoria and Bell Wharfs near to our HQ in Old Leigh. Before starting the evenings main activities the Scouts duly got stuck in and cleaned the area up, before the incoming tide spread it all along the foreshore, and making it safe for others to go out without risking cutting themselves on the broken glass. Job done, the Scouts got on with the more entertaining Olympic Games on the mud.
This was never intended as a fundraising or publicity stunt, but after the story was quickly picked up on social media (782 shares and 4.3k “likes”) and local news, people from around the country were keen to make a donation to the Scouts – these totalled £325! We were a bit taken by surprise by all the fuss, for us this is just normal business, and we’re really very grateful to those who made a donation which will go towards replacing our fleet of sailing dinghies. Thank you all!
A BIG thank you to everyone that came along to see us St Clement’s May Fair in the Library Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday, especially to all the young people and parents that helped set up and run the stalls; we hope you all enjoyed it too!
The games, including favourites like Pin the cap on the Sea Scout, Bat the Rat and Sweet Pong, raised £644 for the Group. We even had a visit from Sir David and the Lady Mayoress who joined in with Bat-the-Rat!
Essex Yacht Club turned Black and Gold for the evening on 20 May, when it played host to our May Ball fundraiser. Around 80 leaders, families and friends of 3rdCB stepped about the former mine sweeper for canapés and a sumptuous dinner, then danced the night away until the small hours for a fun filled spring evening.
The evening raised just under £2,500 for the Group, thank you to everyone that joined us on the Wilton and made it such a huge success, and especially thanks to Essex Yacht Club for hosting us, all the Scouts and Explorers who served the meal, Marcus for the disco, and the awesome Nicky Veitch for bringing it all together and making the whole night happen!
A few more photos of the evening are on our members Facebook Group here and here.
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→