On Sunday 22 April, the day before St Georges Day, 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined with several hundred other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders in Leigh-on-Sea, and around the country, to renew our promise to do our best.
There was a short service in Wesley Church, where we learned about what Scouting’s been up to over the past year, and where else in the world young people were making a similar promise, followed by a march-past through the heard of Leigh along the Broadway and Marine Parade. A great demonstration that Scouting is strong and vibrant in our community, 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.
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.
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 2018 Water Activity Courses now available for booking→
Our first fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 17 March – Chinese dinner out at Fortune Garden on London Road. We had a great night, with fantastic food, fun company, and best of all we raised £619 for the Group which will be used to help us run more activities for the young people of Leigh-on-Sea.
Thanks to Fortune Garden for hosting us and serving such amazing food, to everyone who come along and supported the evening and donated prizes to the raffle, and of course to Amy for all her hard work in organising the evening.
More exciting events are planned for this year, and we hope to see you all at the next one soon.
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:
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→