This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers 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.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
This year Renown scouts entered county backpack for the first time.
County backpack, organised by Essex Scouts, is a two-day Incident Hike around the local countryside, The scouts had to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning to the campsite. This was no easy task with some groups hiking over 40KM during the event.
As well as completing the tasks at the bases the scouts also had to plan their own routes, fill out the route cards and walk between the basses unaccompanied by the leaders. This was a great chance for them to practice their map reading skills ready for our next adventure.
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.
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.