3rdCB have been out in force fundraising in the run up to Christmas, with several events and activities raising money which will allow us to expand our facilities and training in Old Leigh, and keep Scouting accessible for all.
On Thursday 7 December a choir of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gathered at Leigh-on-Sea Station to sing Christmas Carols to commuters on their way home. Singing favourites such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the group raised £228. Well done to everyone that came and sang, and thank you to c2c for having us, and of course all the commuters who donated money. Continue reading Winter Fundraising Roundup→
Three of 3rdCB’s RYA Sailing Instructors have added another string to their bow this month, by completing the Keelboat Instructor Endorsement. This additional qualification will enable 3rdCB to teach & assess sailing skills in the Group’s two larger sailing boats – our 25′ Drascombe Gig Frank B, and 18′ EOD Percussion, which are perfectly suited for longer range expeditions, in addition to our fleet of smaller dinghies.
Thanks to Jim from Essex Outdoors for coming down to run his final course with us.
On Friday 17 November, 3rd Chalkwell Bay was visited by a Staff Officer from the Royal Navy for our biennial review to ensure we meet the standards required for RN Recognition. There has been a change in format from previous years, and this time around there was no formal inspection – instead the Scouts from Renown and Solebay Troops moved around a number of bases learning about seamanship, the Group’s boats, map work and first aid to name but a few, with instruction by the leaders and Explorer Scouts.
It was quite a squeeze in the hall with over 100 Scouts, Explorers and leaders, but the reviewing officer – Lt Miles Halahan RN, the East of England Area Careers Officer – was clearly impressed with what he saw, and delighted to renew our recognition & affiliation to the Royal Navy.
Exciting news for 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts this month – the Group’s fundraising activities and grant applications over the past two years have paid off, and in October we took delivery of 4 brand new RS Quest Sailing Dinghies at our HQ in Old Leigh.
The new boats offer a significant addition to the 3rdCB fleet – they’re specifically designed for training young people, meaning they’re lighter & easier to handle than our current Wanderer dinghies which have served the Scouts well over the past 24 years, as well as requiring less maintenance. They will take over as our main training dinghies from next season, with our instructor team continuing to teach the Scouts sailing to national standards under the Royal Yachting Association’s training scheme most weekends. Continue reading New sailing dinghies arrive for 3rdCB→