Welcome to 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scout Group. Founded in 1931, 3rd Chalkwell Bay operates from our purpose built headquarters in the Old Town of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, where we run a huge array activities and training for boys and girls ages 6 to 25 and beyond, offering challenge and adventure to over 200 young people in the local area. We are recognised by the Royal Navy as one of the top 100 Sea Scout Groups in the country.
The Group is an accredited Royal Yachting Association, British Rowing and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Training Centre, with our own in-house instructors training young people in a variety of nautical disciplines to national governing body standards on most week nights and weekends, using our fleet of 30 sailing, rowing and power boats. Maritime training is a key element of our syllabus, but it is by no means the only part – traditional Scouting activities such as camping, hiking, climbing, visits to new places, community work, and of course building new friendships, are all part of 3rd Chalkwell Bay.
The Group offers all five age-based sections of Scouting: Beavers for 6-8 year olds, Cubs for 8–10½ year olds, two Sea Scout Troops for boys & girls aged 10½ – 14, and the Endeavour Explorer Sea Scout Unit for 14-18 year olds. Dauntless Active Support Unit supports training and social activities for 18-25 year olds. All sections are led by a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers and qualified instructors. The Leigh Creek Guzzlers is open to anyone who has ever been associated with the Group and wishes to keep in touch socially. We rely on donations and fundraising, along with our members’ subscriptions, to keep the Group running & active, and ensure Scouting in Old Leigh remains accessible affordable for all.
We’re excited to have been selected by the Co-op in Leigh as one of the local causes for their Community Fund for the next year. We’re raising funds for a new safety boat, allowing us to expand the opportunities we can offer for activities afloat, getting even more young people out on the water learning new skills, team work and self-reliance.
By signing up as a Co-op member and selecting to support 3rdCB, we get 1% of everything that you spend on Co-op branded products and services. In a previous round a couple of years ago this funding raised over £3,000 for 3rdCB, and paid for one of our new RS Quest sailing dinghy!
All you need to do is sign in to your Co-op account if you have one – or sign up if not (it only costs £1) – and nominate us as your local cause, then remember to swipe your co-op card every time you shop in store. This is an amazing opportunity for us and we’re really grateful to Co-op for this support, so please sign up and support your Scout Group.
Renown Sea Scouts Troop headed over to Belchamps Scout Activity Centre in mid-June for their annual Training and Activity Camp.
They had a great weekend of activities, setting up camp on Friday night and playing a widegame in the woods. Saturday morning was training in use of saws and axes to cut wood, and how to light a fire, then in the afternoon heading over to the air rifle range for some shooting. All the meals were cooked by the Scouts in their patrols over open fires, with spaghetti bolognese and homemade garlic bread for dinner. As it got dark on Saturday evening we invested 3 new Scouts into the Troop, where they made their promise and drank the health of Davey Jones’ Locker by the light of the camp fire.
Sunday was back into activities, with the four patrols swapping between the High Ropes course (record 42 seconds from start to finish!) and Pedal Kart racing, whilst packing up the site in between.
All great Scouting #SkillsForLife with a fantastic bunch of Scouts in the Troop! Next stop Summer Camp – only 5 weeks to go!
As part of our fundraising efforts to expand our HQ and increase the number of activities we can run in Old Leigh, we held a Fish n Chip Supper and Quiz Night in The Den on Saturday 8 June.
A great fun night, and wonderful to see so many families with the Scouts & Explorers along with leaders and their friends come down for the evening. We raised over £800 for the Group, and more importantly had a great time doing it.
A huge thanks to everyone who came and made it a fun night, and especially to Quizmaster Tim, Scorekeeper Sam, and organisers Megan & Marcus.
As part of the commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences. Continue reading Scout pays homage to D-Day Veteran Great Grandfather→
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers 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.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
This year Renown scouts entered county backpack for the first time.
County backpack, organised by Essex Scouts, is a two-day Incident Hike around the local countryside, The scouts had to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning to the campsite. This was no easy task with some groups hiking over 40KM during the event.
As well as completing the tasks at the bases the scouts also had to plan their own routes, fill out the route cards and walk between the basses unaccompanied by the leaders. This was a great chance for them to practice their map reading skills ready for our next adventure.
A huge congratulations must go to all teams that took part, but especially to “Penguins” who came 6th place out of 38 teams in their category.