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 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.
Summer is where our favourite parts of Scouting happen, and this term is off to a great start. The Explorers got away camping at Belchamps at the end of April with the rest of Southend West District, joined by Cubs and Beavers for an activity day and camp fire; DofE training is well underway with expeditions planned over the coming months; the sailing sessions have been phenomenally well attended, with over 50 people afloat on some days and courses filling up in minutes. And there’s more to come! In this newsletter:
- Summer Term Membership Fees
- Band Night
- New safety boat gets a name
- Summer Camp
- Den Open Day
- This terms activities
Continue reading May 2022 Newsletter
Easter is here, evenings are getting lighter and the sun is coming out at last. We’ve had a great spring term, but summer is where we can do so much more Scouting outside where we should be, and we have lots of activities & events coming up to tell you about. In this newsletter:
- Band Night Fundraiser
- Water Activities Programme
- Name That Boat
- Den Building Work
- Presentation Evening
- Derbyshire Trip
- Upcoming activities and dates for your diary
Continue reading April Newsletter
In 2021 we expended our fleet of powerboats with a new 6m RIB, with support from Sports England and Co-Op Community Fund. With the start of the sailing season it’s ready for use and is supporting our activities on the water.
We needed a name for the RIB, and put a few options to our members and families. After 2 weeks of voting the results are in: and the winner is… <drumroll>… “Nelson“.
A name long associated with 3rdCB, Nelson was name of the original Sea Scout Troop and the Group’s first RIB. In Naval links, HMS Nelson was a WW1 battleship, sister to HMS Rodney, and the present day Naval Base in Portsmouth. Thank you to everyone who voted. Continue reading Name that boat
Welcome back after the festive break. We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and are excited to get back into Scouting at 3rdCB.
Of course the dreaded COVID continues to constrain many parts of our lives, but we’re working hard to minimise its impact on our activities, as we updated in December, we ask young people please not to come to The Den if they’re feeling unwell, and remind Scouts, Explorers and adults that they need to bring/wear face masks to meetings inside.
In this newsletter:
- Spring Membership Fees and Gift Aid
- Presentation Evening
- Boat Sponsorship Opportunity
- Welcoming a new Vice President
- Upcoming activities and dates for your diary
Continue reading January 2022 Newsletter
Another year is nearly gone, but we’ve got a lot to tell you. With concern about new COVID variants we’re awaiting revised guidance from Scouting and the National Youth Agency and will update you when this is received, in the mean time please keep following national guidelines and avoid attending activities if you feel unwell. In this newsletter:
- 3rdCB’s 90th Birthday
- Christmas Carol and Toy Service
- Smartest Scouts in the Country
- Save the Date: Summer Camp 2022
- Presentation Evening 2022
- Support us when you’re Christmas shopping online Continue reading December 2021 Newsletter
November saw the Group turn out in full uniform for two major events in our town: parading at Remembrance Sunday and providing the guard of honour for Sir David Amess MP’s memorial service.
Scouting’s focus is rightly on getting active and learning new skills for life, but we are incredibly proud of how the Scouts and Explorers turned out so smartly as the largest contingent to pay their respects to the fallen, and a week later to honour our MP and long time friend of 3rdCB Sir David. Seeing our gold and black scarf in every major paper and TV station in the country was a proud moment, accompanied by many notes of thanks and support which we pass on to our young people.
The Royal British Legion have asked us to pass on their thanks to all those who helped create and decorate the giant remembrance poppies that adorned the library gardens and other areas around Leigh. A wonderful celebration of remembrance that helped promote the RBL’s work and brighten up our town. Donations for the giant poppies alone topped £1,000, which will be invaluable in supporting the legion’s work in the community.
3rd Chalkwell Bay was founded on 6 December 1931, and this December celebrate our 90th anniversary.
There’s no way of counting the thousands of Scouts that have passed through The Den over the years, but we’re proud to be going stronger than ever and still making a difference to young people’s lives in Old Leigh.
On Saturday 20th Nov we celebrated this momentous occasion with a gala dinner and dance at The Boatyard in Old Leigh, with nearly 200 friends and family partying the night away in style, with fine dining, fireworks and dancing to the fabulous Big Yellow Suitcase.
The evening raised around £3,000 for 3rdCB through the raffle and auction, which will help fund new activities and facilities for our young people. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening, and more importantly to Marcus, Ed, Megan, Freya and everyone else who put it all together.
Photos of the evening are available online at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmXg2nYc
The first week of June is National Volunteers’ Week, and we’re celebrating our volunteers’ valuable contribution to making 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts the huge success it is today. This week is a great opportunity to tell everyone about their amazing work.
We enjoy the support of more than 100 volunteers, whether Leaders or Young Leaders, Active Support Members or Trustees, everyone’s contribution makes us as a Scout Group complete.
Throughout the last year, despite the constraints of COVID the team of leaders, instructors and supporters have delivered an extensive programme to our young people, whether virtually or in person where allowed. The team organised online meetings, set up badges to do at home, arranged camps in gardens, and when possible re-worked the programmes to carry our safe, socially distanced meetings, not to mention overseeing significant building work at our HQ.
In 2020 3rd Chalkwell Bay volunteers were acknowledged by HM The Queen with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteers and a huge honour for a team that gives so much for the young people of our community.
Could you be a volunteer? Find out more about the opportunities we have to offer at 3rdCB.org.uk/join/volunteer
We’re pleased to add two new RYA Senior Dinghy Sailing Instructors to our ranks.
Megan & Harry, who have both taught numerous Scouts and Explorers to sail in Old Leigh, spent the past week in Poole Harbour on the RYA’s SI course learning how to run sailing sessions, manage instructors and run a sailing centre. Huge well done to both of you, and looking forward to seeing you using your skills to get more Scouts out on the water gaining qualifications and skills for life!