About 3rd Chalkwell Bay

3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scout Group is one of the oldest Scout Groups in the country; founded in 1931 we have been growing strongly ever since and now boast over 250 young people in our ranks, making us one of the largest Groups in the UK as well.

A typical year’s activities will include a week’s walking and expeditions in Derbyshire, a week’s summer camp, a variety of weekend training and activity camps, weekly meetings for training and activities, night hikes, not to mention that we are open almost every weekend for sailing, boating, swimming and a host of other activities.

Sea Scouting

Sea Scouting has the same purpose and goals as any other Scout Troop, however the main difference lays in the method of delivery. This is because in Sea Scouting, water and nautical activities are used as the basis of delivering Scouting’s Balanced Programme. Although most Scouts have the opportunity for boating activities, such as sailing and canoeing, the Sea Scout programme puts considerable emphasis on water activities and also incorporates many aspects of naval and nautical traditions.

Sea Scouting is available to young people from the age of 10½ through Sea Scout Troops and Explorer Sea Scout Units.  Beaver and Cub Scouts also have the chance to get afloat during special sessions in the summer months and start working on their Water Activities badges.


The group has four training sections split by age groups. The youngest is Beavers for children aged 6-8, then Cubs for 8-10 year olds. Beyond this the two Sea Scout Troops operate for boys & girls aged 10 – 14. From age 14, young people can join the Explorer Sea Scout Unit.

There is also an old boys (and girls) association – the Leigh Creek Guzzlers – which is open to anyone who has ever been associated with the Group.


Over the past 8 decades the Group has had many headquarters, or “Dens”, throughout the Old Town in Leigh-on-Sea. We have now come to rest on Victoria Wharf, where our purpose-built headquarters offers superb access to the sea for a wide range of water activities using our own fleet of sailing, rowing and motorboats.

RYA Training Centre

3rd Chalkwell Bay is a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre, with our own professionally qualified RYA instructors able to train young people in nationally recognised awards in sailing and power boating. 

Royal Navy Recognition

We are one of only 100 Admiralty Recognised Sea Scout Groups in the country – giving us access to a range of naval equipment and facilities. More…

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

3rd Chalkwell Bay is a recognised provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and organises training, activities and expeditions across all levels of the scheme.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life: a life-changing experience; a fun time with friends; an opportunity to discover new interests and talents; a tool to develop essential skills for life and work and a recognised mark of achievement, respected by employers.

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications.

The Leader Team

3rd Chalkwell Bay is run by a team of unpaid volunteer leaders, instructors, helpers and administrators of all ages from all walks of life. More…

We always need more adult volunteers to help with the running of the Group, be that as leaders or instructors, or on the committee and helping with fund raising. If you think you can spare some time to help Scouting in Leigh please get in contact.

All adults in Scouting are volunteers who give their time freely.


3rd Chalkwell Bay is one of the oldest Scout Groups in the country. Formed in 1931 our history is inextricably linked to the Old Town, we have a long and rich history in the area.