Saturday 30 June saw our annual Open Day at The Den, this year with a Hen-Leigh Regatta theme.
Great to see so many people come down to see us in the old town. Across the site we had fun and games for all ages, and if you got hungry there was a BBQ, Paella and so many cakes on offer. For the more adventurous we ran sailing and motor boat experiences (even if it was pretty windy on the day). We were also treated to visits from Southend Lifeboat and Essex Police Marine Unit with their RIBs to show us a what they do (the Scouts were very upset they couldn’t have a trip out on them).
At the end of the day we drew the raffle for a selection of Henley-themed prizes, including the top prize of VIP tickets the real Henley Royal Regatta next summer – congratulations to everyone who won prizes, drawn at random by a variety of young people. Overall we raised £601 for 3rdCBs funds to help support our Scouting Adventures in Old Leigh. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and cakes, and for buying raffle tickets and all the food, it really does make a big difference to the activities we can offer.
Finally, a huge thanks to Sarah, Amy, Sonia, Megan and all of the team for all of their hard work in organising the event, and who made the day so much fun.
It is with with a heavy heart that we report that Nigel Baker, retired Group Scout Leader of 3rd Chalkwell Bay, passed away this weekend.
Nigel was a strong larger than life character who led 3rd Chalkwell Bay for over 35 years, as well as many other Scouts and Leaders from across Leigh and South East Essex.He had a massive impact in both local and national Scouting, not to mention the hundreds of young people that he worked with. Our thoughts are with Christine and the Baker family.
All connected with 3rd CB are welcome to pay their respects at Nigel’s funeral at 13:20 on Wednesday July 11th at Southend Crematorium.
And they’re off! Our two teams of runners have completed the HARP 24 hour race on 23-24 June.
HARP 24 is a 24 hour running race held at Westcliff Rugby Club to raise funds to update and expand the facilities at our HQ in Old Leigh, and to support the wonderful work of HARP Southend with our town’s homeless. The idea is to run as many laps as you can within that time with one member of the team constantly on the go. It was great to have so many visitors come over say hello and cheer the team on .
The team of leaders and parents have done really well raising funds – we’ve smashed the original target, let’s see if we can make it to £2,000 – there’s still time to donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/3cb-harp24/ so please dig deep and donate to support 3rdCB and the amazing HARP Southend.
In a new event for 3rdCB – we held our inaugural Summer Cup Dinghy Racing Day on Saturday 14 June, just off our HQ in Old Leigh. Twenty two Sea Scouts & Explorers of mixed abilities entered the day using our fleet of 10 Quests & Topazes for a series of 3 races, learning about the RYA racing rules, start procedure and handicap system.
It was pretty windy weather to say the least, which meant a fair few capsizes, but all the crews did really well, with all keen to do more racing at The Den.
Well done to the winners Jack & Kimi who were racing in a Topaz.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Sea Scouting’s partnership with the Royal Navy, and earlier this year Sea Scouts from across the country were invited to design a badge to mark the occasion.
We’re delighted to be told that one of our Scouts has won the competition, and her design will be turned into the badge that can be worn by every Sea Scout in the country – a huge congratulations to the very creative and talented Tallulah from Solebay Troop.
Scout HQ received an amazing 120 entries from young people around the UK, and representatives from the Royal Navy, the UK Youth Commissioner Team, and volunteers and staff supporting Sea Scouting, had the really difficult task of choosing a winning entry.
Easter means one thing to 3rdCB – our annual trip to the Derbyshire Peak District for a week of hill walking and adventurous activities. This year we went hiking, mountain biking, caving, swimming, explored the village, and had a massive snowball fight.
We’ve had a busy year of Scouting Adventures during 2017, from sailing to cycling, and falling down hills to camping on a deserted beach. Here’s a short video of what we’ve been up to over the past year: