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.
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The event takes place at Westcliff Rugby club on 23rd-24th June. The teams run (as best as possible) a non-stop relay for 24 hours. This can be run or walked, and there is no target on the number or speed of laps. The objective is to have a personal challenge, have fun (maybe dress up?), and raise some funds for Harp and 3rd CB. No-one should feel they can’t contribute. Continue reading Runners wanted for HARP 24 Hour Race
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 Saturday 20 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 The High Sheriff of Essex, who is the Queen’s representative for law and order in the county. A small team of actors – one person from each section – put on a short sketch showing how each age group looks up and down to each other, and how we’re ultimately just one big family.
Congratulations to everyone who received an award!
On Sunday 17 December we held our annual Toy & Carol Service at The Den, along with the congregation from New Road’s Fishermen’s Chapel. It was a busy morning in the Old Town and our HQ was packed with young people and their families to sing some of our favourite carols; we hope you all enjoyed the singing and service.
As in previous years the Group has been collecting toys for those children less fortunate than ourselves in the town, which will be distributed by the Marigold Centre in Southend. There was a huge stack filling the corner of The Den, donated by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents – thank you very much for your generosity, which will make a genuine difference to children elsewhere in the Southend area.
Merry Christmas all, and a very Happy New Year.
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.