Exciting News! With COVID restrictions relaxing at Easter, we’ll be back to face-to-face meetings & activities after the Easter holidays. We can’t wait to go on new adventures, and learn new #SkillsForLife with you all!
The leader team will be in touch shortly with programmes for Beaves, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.
Tonight we were joined in our virtual meeting by the awesome Helena Lucas MBE, who talked to the Scouts and Explorers about sailing, her journey to the Paralympics and how to get ahead on the water, as well as answering our questions.
Thank you so much for chatting with us Helena, a great and informative evening.
The 3rdCB Cubs and their parents have been helping out our community in these challenging teams, donating food for the Leigh Tin Team to support food banks and homeless charities in Southend. The Cub leaders collected from 27 different Cubs’ houses at the start of March – thank you to everyone who left a donation out.
These help both homeless and those families struggling to put good food on the table at the moment. Leigh Tin Team probably have a regular collection in your area, so please remember them – details at www.tinteams.org
Every year on February 22, we take some time to commemorate the history of Scouts and thank the volunteers who make it possible. This week – after what’s frankly been a bit of a rubbish year – we want to double the amount of gratitude we show.
We’d like everyone – volunteers, young people and parents/careers – to join us by celebrating #ThankTwo. It’s easy to get involved – all we ask is that you show your gratitude and thank two people and/or groups of people. These people can be fellow members who’ve kept Scouting despite the setbacks, volunteers who’ve organised Scouts meetings, and/or heroes of your local community.
We’re asking you to give your chosen heroes prime spot on your windows. We’ve created a couple of templates which you can download below, decorated at home, then show off your designs and highlight the two people you want to thank by displaying the signs in your window. That way, everyone who walks pass will know who’s gone above and beyond in your community. Continue reading Thank Two→
After the success of our Pass The Scarf video back at the start of the pandemic and the introduction of a new lockdown we have been working to bring everyone in the group virtually together once again.
In January our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders have all been filming clips for our new video. We hope you enjoy our Mexican Wave!
As we approach Christmas and the end of the year it is normal to reflect on the past year’s highs and lows. This year we do the same but it is important, that whilst acknowledging the lows, we do so with positivity.
It goes without saying that 2020 will go down as a year like no other, where we lost freedoms that we would normally take for granted, none greater than the ability to socialise face to face with family and friends. We have seen this impact on Scouting since March, turning upside down how we normally deliver every day activities and most especially cancelling all nights away events. We must remember restrictions placed upon us all have been in response to the most significant pandemic in living memory where many have lost their lives. None the less we look forward to feeling the benefits of a vaccine and the lessening of restrictions in the New Year so we can once again enjoy each other’s company without restriction. Continue reading GSL’s Christmas Message→
Two bits of good news on the boating front this week: We’ve passed the annual RYA Inspection of our facilities & methods, and a new Chief Instructor is taking the reigns of the boating team.
Sailing through the RYA Inspection
The Group had its annual Royal Yachting Association inspection on Thursday 19 November, where an RYA inspector checks through all of our operating procedures, emergency action plans and health & safety policies, as well as physically inspecting all our safety equipment and fleet of boats. Continue reading Boating News: Inspection Success and Change at the Top→
3rdCB were very grateful to be selected as one of this year’s Co-op Community Fund charities in Leigh-on-Sea, supporting us in our bid to buy a new safety boat.
The scheme has now completed, and we’ve received a whopping £3,995 donation from the Co-op!
Thank you to everyone who nominated us and shopped in the Leigh Co-ops over the past year. Coupled with the £10,000 we’ve already received from Sports England, plus other fundraising activities, we’re ready to add to our safety boat fleet and offer even more activities on the water to young people. The boating team are currently investigating the best option for us so we can purchase it for the next sailing season.
Alongside Scouting, 3rdCB also runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, giving youth members aged 14 (or school year 9) to 25 the opportunity gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life.
We’re incredibly proud to see our first “home grown” Explorers achieve the top Gold award through 3rdCB, the culmination of many years of work and commitment. A huge congratulations to Rob, Sophie and Conor on your success, and we hope you are the first of many more Gold awards to come.