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 delighted to welcome Colin Sedgwick MBE formally back into the 3rdCB fold as a Vice President of the Group. Colin has a very long association with 3rdCB, and was Sea Scout Leader of Nelson Troop in the 60’s and 70’s before Ian Johnson took over the role (he was in fact Ian’s Scout Leader!).
Colin is the owner of Mike’s Boatyard in Old Leigh, through which he continues to lends us a huge amount of support, including employment to many an older Scout over the years, and remains very much a part of the Old Leigh maritime community. He is also a longstanding member of Southend RNLI, for which he was awarded the MBE in 2012.
We’re very glad to be able to welcome Colin back as a formal member of 3rd Chalkwell Bay, joining President Les Davis, and Vice Presidents Mike Regan, Angela Cruiks and Carol Tissington.
Last week we managed our first face-to-face activities since lockdown began, with a week of sailing sessions in Old Leigh, getting back on the water doing what Sea Scouts do best! Great to see the Scouts and Explorers back at The Den, enjoying the lovely weather (if a bit breezy), and glad to see we all still remember how to sail.
3rd Chalkwell Bay were invited to represent the youth of Southend-on-Sea at the town’s VJ Day service on 15 August, commemorating 75 years since the end of WW2 in the Pacfic. A much smaller affair than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service and 2 minutes silence was led by His Worship The Mayor, joined by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Combined Cadet Force and 3rdCB.
Thank you to Senior Patrol Leaders Harry and Jessica for representing 3rd Chalkwell Bay and Scouting so smartly.
We’re really excited that we’re now able to restart running outdoor face-to-face activities at 3rd Chalkwell Bay after a 4½ month pause, and intend to start the sailing programme from 17 August, with outdoor Section meetings from the beginning of September.
Given the fact that we’re still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few restrictions on what we do and how we do it, the specifics of which have been emailed to all parents, with a couple of actions also required.
We have in place approved COVID based risk assessments for outdoor meetings and water activities which allow us to safely start a staged return, although initially only for outdoor activities in small groups. These risk assessments will be reviewed as Government and Scout Association guidance changes, which will ultimately see a return to what we all recognise as a more normal form of Scouting.
Over the next few weeks the leader teams will be in touch with parents with more detail on how the programme and activities will operate. At this time, we are limited to 15 people per session, including adults, which means that sessions will only be able to cater for 12 children.
We’re all looking forward to getting outdoor activities back up and running again, so we can gain more skills and have more fun together.
The Group’s annual report and accounts for 2019/20 is now available, with details of what we’ve been up to over the past year.
Our Annual General Meeting on 7 July was a new experience, held virtually over Zoom, and managed to carry out all the required business very effectively. We’re glad to retain almost all of the existing Executive Committee in the posts, where they look after the management and finances of 3rdCB, but sadly bade farewell to Sue Middleton who has stood down after many years of supporting the Group. Thank you Sue for all your hard work, but we know it won’t be goodbye.
Following a virtual meeting with Scout HQ and Scouting across the UK on 24 June, it is clear that we will not be able to run any of our normal Summer Camps this year. We realise that this is a disappointment but probably not a surprise and wanted to keep our membership informed as we’re very conscious that families are trying to arrange holidays.
There were a lot of positive messages that came from this meeting and we will hopefully see a staged return to normal Scouting commence soon. Watch this space!
3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts in Old Leigh have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and equivalent to the MBE for voluntary organisations.
We are so pleased to announce we have been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding through Sport England to purchase a new safety boat, helping us to expand the opportunities we can offer to the young people of Leigh-on-Sea, and particularly supporting the This Girl Can campaign. Thanks to everyone who plays National Lottery games for your support, and all those who support our fundraising events! Continue reading National Lottery Funding for new Safety Boat→
Scouting since March has been very different to what we’re used to, but following in our Founder’s spirit of innovation we’re managing to carry on our activities online, pressing on with challenges and learning new skills for life every week. We’ve held online meetings, virtual quiz nights, completed badges at home, camped out in the back garden or made dens at home, renewed our promise on the internet, and come together for video projects that have started national trends! All thanks to a fantastic and imaginative bunch of young people and adults who make 3rdCB one of the best Scout Groups to be a part of! Continue reading Carrying on Scouting… Virtually→
We’ve teamed up with online retailer Amazon to support the Group’s efforts to keep Scouting in Leigh-on-Sea affordable and accessible to all.
With Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice, and we really hope you’ll choose to support 3rd Chalkwell Bay. So far this has raised over £3 million for UK charities!