Several weeks have passed since I’ve been able to send a newsletter (technical problems!),  so lots to report ….

News

County Commissioner’s Outdoor Challenge – Cubs

Can your Cub section rise to the County Commissioner’s Outdoor Challenge for the Summer Term? – details attached – good luck!

 

Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!

Russ

News

At last, we’ve had some good weather to make all our outdoor activities just that bit more enjoyable – shame it didn’t last long!

County news

As there has been a delay in the publication of Headlines, attached are photos taken at the recent JOTI event, and details about the exhibition to mark the Centenary of Cub Scouting in Hertfordshire.

Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!

Russ

 

Annual General Meeting – 19th May

Attached is your invitation to our AGM, which takes place on Thursday 19th May at the District HQ in Warners End, please join us to:

  • Officially open the newly-refurbished District HQ
  • Celebrate another fantastic year of Scouting activities and growth in membership
  • Congratulate various members of the district whose contribution to Scouting have been recognised over the past 12 months, especially:
    • Steve Harris – Silver Wolf
    • Sheila Neep – 50 years service
    • Mike Watson – 30 years service

Please also consider being part of the Executive Committee

The last three years have seen consistent growth in membership across the district and an ever-increasing range of activities being offered to young people. Now is your opportunity to help us continue to develop Scouting in Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Bovingdon.

By virtue of the fact that you are a leader or parent you are eligible to stand (or nominate someone to stand) as a member of the District Scout Executive Committee. For the coming year, we are particularly keen to hear from people with skills, experience or an interest in the following area(s):

  • building/facilities management (to help manage our two buildings)
  • retail management (to support our existing shop manager)
  • inclusion (to promote our inclusive nature – in terms of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and financial situation) – this will include reviewing applications to our grant/subsidy programme – the “Adventure Fund”
  • volunteer recruitment/management (to support our programme of opening new sections)

We are looking to elect four Executive Committee Members to serve for a year until May 2017 in addition to four people nominated by our District Commissioner – ideally responsibility for each area above will be shared by two or three people on the committee.

All members of the District Executive become Charity Trustees and meet to support the District Commissioner and Scout Groups, promote the development of safe scouting, raise funds and administer the District’s finances, appoint sub-committees where required and attend to the District’s own administration.

The Executive meets approximately 6 times a year.  It is not a uniformed role and you need no previous experience.  In line with the National Association’s aims we do seek for some nominees to represent the young people in our movement and therefore particularly welcome nominations of adults aged between 18 and 25.

This letter is to invite you to stand for election yourself or to nominate another member of the Council (with their agreement) that you believe will add value to the District and carry out the role above effectively.  The election happens at the Annual General Meeting which will be on Thursday 19th May.  Please see the invitation attached.

To make a nomination please complete the form at www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/exec before midnight on Wednesday 4th May.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please call me on 0771 752 2956 or to read more information about the role of the District Executive Committee please see the fact sheet that can be found at: http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs330078.pdf

Thank you for considering joining us,

Keith Gower

Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead District Scout Executive Committee.

News

We’ve had a rather chilly start to the Summer term, but still plenty of our young people are getting out and about enjoying activities.

1st Bennetts End Scouts renewed their promise on St George’s Day whilst at Camp.

Explorers have been training for their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, canoeing for Bronze level and hiking for Silver.

A great day was had by all on the Power Boat course at Bury Lake – in the words of Scouts, “It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!” and they are desperate to do it all again!

1st Hemel Hempstead scouts enjoyed a fun-filled caving camp in the Forest of Dean.

International News

  • Attached is the April 2016 “International Matters” newsletter from Hertfordshire Scouts.

Forthcoming dates:

Happy Scouting!

Russ

 

 

 

I hope you are all feeling refreshed after the Easter break, and ready for a busy Summer term!   I’m looking forward to seeing you at the leaders meeting on 21st April (7.45pm at HHW school).

News

On the whole, it’s been a quiet couple of weeks – but not for some Explorers, who continue with their course at the Fire Station as part of the skill section for their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

County Cub Newsletter:

Did you receive the County’s newsletter for Cub Scout leaders on 5th April?

The last edition contained information on the Water Activity Day (12th June) and the Outdoor Activity Pack Challenge resource.

A copy of the newsletter can be found at:

http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f55c3bd89a389d6bc53f45732&id=b21cb7f7aa&e=25ba52f358

 

Personal Accident & Medical Expenses Insurance

As you are probably aware, the Scout Association, through Unity (Scout Insurance Services), provides Personal Accident and Medical Expenses insurance for all Members – this policy provides limited benefits in the event a Member has an accident whilst taking part in an organised Scouting activity.  The attached Factsheet details the level of cover available and answers some FAQs.

 

Forthcoming Dates

In addition, bookings are now open for the 2016 Paddle Sports evenings at Two Waters Activity Centre, Apsley

 

Russ

 

Please find attached a flyer for the kayaking course for Scouts (aged 10+), taking place on 10th April at the Two Waters Activity Centre (Durrants Hill Road, Apsley).

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Paddle Sport Activity Courses this year for Scouts to work towards the Staged Paddle Sports Activity Badge and the Water Staged Activity Badge.

  • Beginners’ course is aimed for those who have not attended any previous TWA courses.
  • Returners course for those who attended the 2015 Beginners course.
  • Intermediate course for those who have completed the Level 2 Paddles Sports stage in 2015 or similar
    experience.

Bookings: Bookings close 11.59pm two Sunday’s prior to the course starting and can be made online for £10 (maximum 6 spaces per course):

www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/paddle-sports

Please find attached a flyer for the Powerboating course for Scouts (aged 10+), Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members and adult leaders – taking place on 10th April at Bury Lake Young Mariners.

Bookings close on 10th April and can be made online for £10 (maximum 16 spaces):

http://www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/powerboating/

I hope you had an enjoyable Easter weekend – and remembered to change your clocks to British Summer time!

News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the last update –

Gift Aid Update

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration wording has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

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Enjoy your Scouting!

Russ

News

The District has seen a very busy start to 2016 across all sections!

Check out the Hemel Hempstead District Scouts facebook page to see more!

International News

  • Please find attached this month’s “International Matters” newsletter from Hertfordshire Scouts.
  • Kandersteg 2017 – we have an amazing number of young people and adults registered to take part in our District Expedition to Kandersteg International Scout Centre next year.

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Thanks, as always, for all that you do for Scouting.

Russ

 

 

 

 

Please find attached the Spring 2016 Explorer Scout programme.

We are now publishing the programme from half-term to half-term (this one runs to May 2016) to enable Scouts moving up after Easter to know what’s on the programme for their first few weeks.

Linking from Scouts to Explorer Scouts

Following the meeting with GSLs and SLs, I’m pleased to say that all but one troop has provided details of Scouts aged 13+ to Maureen – THANK YOU!

If you would like to join the parents meeting next Tuesday, it might be helpful and you’d be very welcome… 8pm at Boxmoor Scout HQ (Woodland Close, Boxmoor).

Russ