Explorer Unit Programme

Current Programmes

Explorer Unit Programme PDF Explorer Unit Thursday Programme
Autumn/Winter 2018
Sunday Duty Patrol
PDFSunday Duty Patrol Rota
Sept 2018 – Aug 2019
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PDFWater Activities Programme
Summer 2018

Health warning: The programmes are subject to change. If in doubt talk to the leader team.

Upcoming Events

Sep
29
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 2
Sep 29 @ 12:00 – Sep 30 @ 18:00

Confident Sailing
A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 1 course, plus at least 4 hours of practice logged over 2/3 sessions (either at The Den or your own sailing club).

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent a week before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Open Boating
Sep 29 @ 13:30 – 18:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Sep
30
Sun
Chief Scout Award Presentations
Sep 30 @ 14:00 – 18:00

District Presentation Day for all those who have achieved their Chief Scout’s Award (across all sections) over the past year.

Timings:
Beavers (Bronze Chief Scout’s Award): Arrive 13:45 for a 14:00 start
Cubs (Silver Chief Scout’s Award): Arrive 14:45 for a 15:00 start
Scouts & Explorers (Gold and above Chief Scout’s Awards) Arrive 15:45 for a 16:00 start
Adult awards: start at/after 17:00

Those involved should have received an invitation by email. Please confirm you wish to attend by e-mailing your name, group and current award level as soon as possible to csaregistrar@southendwestscouts.co.uk.

Kindly note that no reminders will be sent and your place at the Awards Presentation Event will only be confirmed if you e-mail us.

Open Boating
Sep 30 @ 14:00 – 18:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Oct
5
Fri
Caving Badge
Oct 5 @ 18:00 – Oct 7 @ 17:00

Want to try something new? If you’re age 12 or over how about trying caving?

The Essex County Scout Caving Team (ECSCT) are running two Caving Badge courses this year in June and October. Cost is £85 for the weekend, including all training, transport, food & accommodation.

All courses are based around a caving weekend in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. They are run in accordance with the Scout Association Authorisation Scheme for Adventurous Activities by experienced and qualified leaders & instructors within the county scouting team (3rdCB leaders won’t be present).

Travel is by minibus on the Friday evening to the attractive village of Wrington on the edge of the Mendip Hills. Accommodation for the weekend is in the Wrington Scout and Guide Headquarters, a converted chapel with a well-equipped kitchen and dining room, modern toilets and washing facilities and a hot shower. Candidates are given a cooked breakfast on both days, packed lunches whilst caving, and a cooked dinner Saturday evening.

Caving on the Saturday is in three or four different caves located in Burrington Combe, all of which are ‘dry’ caves. On the Saturday evening, there is a short exercise covering the theory part of the Badge with questions relating to the topics covered before or during the caving on the Saturday Caving on the Sunday is in an active ‘wet’ cave system near the village of Priddy.

Presentation of badges and certificates takes place prior to departure on the Sunday afternoon.

Sleeping arrangements for the weekend are in two halls, adults on one and under 18’s in the other. Male and female under 18’s will sleep on opposite sides of the hall.

If you’re interested, full details are in the application pack at the link below, just print it out, fill it in, and return it to the address on the form along with your deposit.

Downloads

Oct
6
Sat
Open Boating
Oct 6 @ 09:00 – 14:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

RYA Sailing Stage 3
Oct 6 @ 09:00 – Oct 7 @ 14:30

Better Sailing
Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. By the end of the course you will be able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 2 course, plus at least 6 hours of practice logged over 3/4 sessions (either at The Den or your own sailing club).

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

RYA Seamanship Skills
Oct 6 @ 09:00 – Oct 7 @ 14:30

Handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat
Includes launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.

By the end of the course you will be able to handle a wide range of situations afloat.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 4 course, plus at least a further 6 hours or practice over 3/4 sessions, recorded in your log book.

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Oct
7
Sun
Open Boating
Oct 7 @ 10:00 – 14:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Oct
21
Sun
Harvest Church Parade
Oct 21 @ 10:30 – 12:15

The Church PennantOctober’s Church Parade is the Harvest Festival Service at the New Road Fishermen’s Chapel, where all members are requested to bring an item of food (tinned or non perishable i.e. pasta please) to donate to HARP, the charity for homeless people in the Southend area.

Meet at The Den at 10:30 in full uniform as usual. We will parade from The Den to New Road Church. Parents are welcome to join us for the service. We will be finished at The Den at 1215.

Nov
11
Sun
Remembrance Day Parade
Nov 11 @ 10:00 – 11:45

poppy-254x300Each year the Group represents the Scout Association at the Southend Cenotaph for the annual Service of Remembrance. All Leaders, Sea Scouts and Explorers are expected to attend this parade, please note that this is one of the three compulsory events that all members must attend.

Please meet at Cliff Town Parade, Southend, East of Prittlewell Square at 1000. The service and parade will finish at approximately 1145 back at the start. Full uniform must be worn including poppy that should be worn above the bow on the cap tally band. It is generally cold so please make sure that you have a good hot breakfast before coming and that you wear a few layers under your uniform jumper. Coats and waterproof clothing will only be worn if it rains. Bring a coat with you and they can be left in Leader’s cars if not needed during the Parade. If possible, please make sure that your coat is black, navy or a dark colour, no bright colours.

This is an important day where we are in the public view and as the biggest Sea Scout Group in the county we should make a good effort to attend and pay tribute to those who lost their lives for their Country during the two World Wars and other conflicts. A good smart turnout would be appreciated both by the Group and the Veterans who attend the Service.

Nov
24
Sat
RYA Sailing Stage 4
Nov 24 @ 10:00 – Nov 25 @ 16:00

Improving Sailing Skills
Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat. By the end of the course you will be able to launch and return to a beach, jetty or mooring, and sail a crewed dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions.

Pre-requisites: Unless agreed with the instructor team, you should have already completed the RYA Stage 3 course, plus at least 6 hours of practice over 3/4 sessions (either at The Den, or your own sailing club).

Duration: This is a two day course running all weekend. Attendance is required on both days to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook (if required), certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: See 3rdCB.org.uk/courses for more details or to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent two weeks before the course. Contact boating@3rdCB.org.uk if you have any further questions.

Open Boating
Nov 24 @ 10:30 – 15:30

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Nov
25
Sun
Open Boating
Nov 25 @ 10:30 – 16:00

Open boating session for any member of the Group to go on the water rowing, sailing or swimming. Sessions are always supervised by a suitable leader, and no experience is necessary.

There is no charge for participating in general boating, just ensure you are down in time good time for the briefing.

You will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Old trainers are fine, jeans and wellies are not appropriate. The Den has a selection of waterproofs, wetsuits and buoyancy aids available for your use. You will need swimwear to put on under a wetsuit, and a towel to dry off with. If it’s sunny make sure you wear sun cream and a hat. You may also want to bring a packed lunch and drink or money for chips.

Boating activities, as with all outdoor activities, are weather dependant and subject to leader availability. If we do have to cancel a session it will be published on the Group Facebook page – please check this before travelling down to the Den, especially if the weather is bad.

Dec
16
Sun
Christmas Toy and Carol Service
Dec 16 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Our December Church Parade takes place in The Den, with families and the congregation from the Fisherman’s Chapel invited to join us. This is held as a toy & carol service at our usual time of 10.30 for an 11.00 start on Sunday 16th December.

Families and friends are very welcome to join us to sing some carols, and we will be delighted if you will join us afterwards for mince pies and coffee.

Toy Sunday Service 2014The toys received have gone for many years to the Marigold Centre which gives support to troubled families within Southend Borough. The centre can only accept new toys in their original wrappings (with instructions etc) and not gift wrapped.

For our youth members who are thinking of others at this time of year and wish to donate their own toys that they have either outgrown or don’t use (and maybe make space for their new Christmas presents), we will gladly also receive these, and pass them to  HARP – a local homeless project which we also support. Again, please leave these unwrapped to they can be given out appropriately.

Hopefully you will encourage your child to buy a new gift with their own pocket money to give some joy to a child less fortunate.

 

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