In an effort to make life as straightforward as possible for leaders, I have added a form to our website so you can submit your Nights Away Notification forms more easily online. The URL for the online form is:
Submitting your form online will ensure you’re always submitting the information required on the latest version of the NAN form and will send the details to all the relevant people for you.
The link is in the main menu on the district website but it may be worth book-marking this page for future.
If you still want to email an attachment, that’s absolutely fine… the latest version is attached.
Could you be part of the Scout Shop team?
Two members of the existing team have decided to step down due to other commitments and we are splitting the manager role into two parts (rota/staff support and administration/finance) so we are looking for new members to join the team.
For the last 10 years, Hemel Hempstead District Scouts have operated a Scout Shop, supplying young people with uniform and leaders with badges, resources, certificates and much more. The Scout Shop also raises around £2,500 per year to reduce the cost of Scouting – keeping activity costs for young people down and ensuring leaders have everything they need to run successful groups!
What’s the commitment?
- Team members are rotated on a four-weekly basis, so we’re asking you to help one evening per month, usually 11 times over the course of a year.
- The Assistant Manager will be responsible for drawing up the staff rota, recruiting and supporting team members and popping into the shop some Tuesday evenings to find out from team members and customers if there’s any way we can improve how the shop works.
These roles are great ways to support Scouting for parents unable to help with weekly sessions.
Do I need any specific experience?
- Team members – absolutely not… it’s just a case of offering customers the items they’re looking for, checking the order form and taking payment.
- Assistant Manager – previous retail experience would be helpful but not essential at all.
I’m interested… what next?
Please respond to this email and you will be contacted to chat through what’s involved in more detail before you decide whether it’s for you or not.
Where is this year going?! – I can’t believe we’re heading towards the end of February already! Apologies for the absence of newletters during the first half term – but now for a catch up!
2017 has already seen quite a variety of exciting activities –
- Explorers and 1st Kings Langley Scouts had fun at the annual Winter Camp at Gilwell Park.
- More than 150 Beavers enjoyed an afternoon of international activities and achieved their International Activity badge!
- 7th Hemel Hempstead Cubs have been learning about dementia in their new ‘A Million Hands‘ topic.
Don’t forget to keep sending news and photos for us to share with everyone!
- 24th February – Archery permit course
- 25th February – Pinewood Derby
- 9th March – Young Leader training
- 17th March – Kandersteg Training Camp
- 20th April – All Sections Leader Meeting
Keep an eye on the District website for Diary updates!
Please find a leaflet attached for our District Scout Shop.
Every Tuesday evening during term-time the shop is open from 7.00pm – 8.30pm with uniforms and badges (leaders only) available to buy. Due to increased demand, we have recently increased the level of stock we hold of the most popular items.
A hard copy of the leaflet for every child will be sent to section leaders for distribution next week.
Proceeds from the Scout Shop are used to reduce the cost of Scouting locally – so please buy from us rather than online or from for-profit businesses… you still pay the same price.
Just a quick reminder about the all-sections leader meeting on Tuesday 3rd January.
Start: 7.45pm for 8pm
Venue: Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
This meeting will be an opportunity to collect information about forthcoming events, finalise plans for events later in the year and catch up on various bits of news from around the district.
Looking forward to seeing you on 3rd January – hope you enjoy seeing in the New Year.
Hope you had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.
We have been busy booking flights, working with the staff at Kandersteg and making plans for the build-up to our trip next Summer!
Please read the following carefully and respond where necessary.
The summer programme has just been released by Kandersteg. On March 1st we have to put in a bid for the activities that we would like to do. In order to be ready for this, we have begun discussions with the programme team at Kandersteg and prepared a questionnaire for participants to state their activity preferences. Please click the link below to complete the questionnaire. Whilst completing the questionnaire, please cross reference with our attached activity guide for an explanation of each activity.
The form also asks for who young people would like to share a tent with – please refer to the attached “K17 – Flights” document for a list of everyone who is going. If you don’t currently know anyone else who is going, don’t worry, we can look at your tent grouping at the training day on 28th January.
Responses must be received by 28th January. After this we will be creating a programme, in discussion with Kandersteg, based on the responses we have received.
Dates for 2017
28th January – Training Day & Fundraising Quiz Night
Further details will be sent out very early in the New Year – we will be spending the day together getting to know each other and holding a quiz night for friends and families in the evening.
In the morning, we will hold an initial briefing for parents.
17th – 18th March – Training Camp
An overnight camp (Friday evening – Saturday afternoon) to practice working together.
Final briefing – date TBC
We will hold a final briefing for parents in July, the date for this will be confirmed in the Spring.
Flights to/from Switzerland
We are pleased to say that we have managed to secure flights just within our budget – in order to achieve this, we have had to split between 3 different flights from two different UK airports.
All flights will arrive at and depart from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL) in Switzerland.
Please see the sheet attached to see which flight you’re on and which airport you’re flying from.
If you have any questions about the trip/build-up, please email me or call on 07790 296378.
- 1st Hemel Hempstead Scouts have been ringing the bells for Christmas at St Mary’s Church in the Old Town!
- 1st Apsley Cubs enjoyed a busy time at their Winter Camp at Well End Activity Centre
- Last Friday 176 Cubs from across the District celebrated 100 years of Cub Scouts by renewing their promise all together on ice at a Christmas ice rink!
The District Diary is currently being updated ready for all the exciting events and activities taking place in 2017 – keep an eye on the District web page to find out more!
Thanks to everyone for all your support throughout 2016, it’s been a fantastic year.
Best wishes for a Happy Christmas, and Happy New Year too.
- More than 180 Cubs enjoyed an amazing, star-gazing afternoon completing their Astronomers Badge
- 2nd Hemel Hempstead Cubs spent an evening learning about making Safe Choices, Peer Pressure, Bullying and Safe Adults – all part of the Billy’s Wish education programme.
- 1st Leverstock Green Kestrel pack did the Mannequin Challenge as part of the Entertainer badge!
- 7th December – Training & Permit Validation Workshop
- 10th December – Caving day hosted by Complete Outdoors, raising money for Hemel Hempstead District Scouts
- 16th December – Cub Promise Outing event – there are still places available, contact Maureen Shelley if you have any more Cubs who would like to join in the ice-skating fun!
- 28th January – District Quiz Night – make sure you put the date in your diary, full details to follow in the New Year
- Bushcraft 2017 – if you want to learn more Bushcraft skills, it’s time to register for the 2017 programme – email email@example.com for more information.
Don’t forget to keep sending news and photos of your activities for us to share with everyone.
Enjoy your festive scouting over the next few weeks!
OPEN FOR NEW MEMBERS AND PREVIOUS MEMBERS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Please note: Everyone interested must register their interest including those on the current course.
Following Baden Powell’s ideals and Bear Grylls, be part of this popular group now in it’s 10th year who wish to:
- Participate in the practical side of woodcraft and backwoods skills, camping without a tent.
- Work in own age groups; scouts, explorers, adults & leaders.
Parents may join in too as long as they are DBS/CRB cleared by their Group
It is fundamentally:
- Designed for anyone from ‘Scouts (must be over 11) to Adults’ in the District.
- Fun for all, no previous bushcraft experience required.
- You need to have camped under canvas previously (with your own scout group).
- Not requiring specialised equipment to take part.
- Allows you to try out something you have never done before.
Some of the many skills you may wish to try out:
- Make a shelter from ‘tarp’ or natural materials and sleep in it.
- Using a Knife, Axe and Saw in the Bushcraft way.
- All you need to know about fires and starting them without a match.
- Identifying and collecting wild foods.
- Preparing and cooking animals and fish.
- Making gadgets from natural materials.
- How to collect and make safe drinking water.
- Using and sleeping in a hammock
Dates for 2017 are in the attached flyer.
If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2017 you will need to register or re-register (if existing member):
- Register your interest on-line only by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Give your name (those taking part), date of birth (if under 18), scout group, address, contact Tel Nos.
- Be sure to put the dates on your calendar and register on-line to email@example.com
John & the bushcraft team