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.
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!
Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, and whilst we can’t meet in person there are still loads of opportunities to celebrate as a community.
We’re working with HMS Leigh to celebrate VE Day in Southend. Part of this is an online service or Remembrance, and they’d love the Scouts (across all sections and age ranges) to make a short video in their garden/houses, in uniform if possible, talking about how they feel about VE Day, and how they think it compares to their experiences in lockdown.
Also, if you have a story that you know about from your own great grandparents or relatives that fought in WW2 we’d love to hear that too.