Hi

Hope you’re enjoying being back after the Summer break – thanks to those who contributed to the leader’s meeting last week. If you haven’t joined the new leader’s Facebook group, please do so here.

Here’s a round up of recent activities from our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hemel-scouts):

To add your group’s events to the Facebook page, please email dc@hemel-scouts.co.uk to be added as a contributor to the Facebook page.

Dates to note:

  • 07/10/18 – deadline for leader replies for Wine Tasting Jamboree
  • 07/10/18 – deadline for YP RSVP for Awards evening
  • 16/11/18 – deadline for YP RSVP Pantomine
  • 21/11/18 – deadline for leader to submit numbers for Pantomine

Forthcoming events (www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/diary)

Happy Scouting

Russ

Hi 

Please find details attached for next year’s trip to the Haarlem Jamborette for distribution to Scouts and Explorers in your unit, as soon as possible.

We have been told by the organisers this weekend that we will be limited to a maximum contingent size of 55 (including adults) so young people places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are expected to sell out very quickly!

Adults – please respond using the reply form and a leadership of 6 will be formed with an appropriate mix of skills.

If you have any questions, please email haarlem@hemel-scouts.co.uk.

Russ

Dear

As a result of the implementation of GDPR at the end of May, it is now a requirement that all Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Section Assistants, Active Support Members,  and Trustees undertake Scout Association GDPR Training as a condition of holding an appointment.

We all handle data in someway – be it youth records, finance records, emails,  and so on and that is why this training is required, in order that we are all aware of our responsibilities.

Before you ask, we do not accept external GDPR Training Certificates – this training is Scouting specific.

All current post holders must complete this training by 31st December 2018, so it is better to do it sooner rather than later.

This is online training and after being trialed, it is now available to all. It will not take you very long at all. Simply send me through your certificate of completion and I will add it to your training profile.

My understanding is that you will only have to do this training once – in other words, it is not renewed like Safety, Safeguarding or First Aid.

The link is here:

https://members.scouts.org.uk/training_module/GDPRwithcertificate/#/

Please do make sure that you do this training quickly as it is vital that everyone fully understands their responsibilities in handling data.

Steve Harris
Local Training Manager

Could you be part of the Scout Shop team?

For the last 13 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!

Two members of the existing team have decided to step down due to other commitments so we are looking for new members to join the team.

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.

These roles are great ways to support Scouting for parents unable to help with weekly sessions.

Do I need any specific experience?

Absolutely not… it’s just a case of offering customers the items they’re looking for, checking the order form and taking payment.

I’m interested… what next?

Please respond to this with your telephone number and you will be contacted to chat through what’s involved in more detail before you decide whether it’s for you or not.

Thanks

Russ

Hi 

As part of Thursday’s well-attended leader’s meeting, a number of suggestions were made in a discussion about how we best support leader’s. One which was widely supported was the creation of a Facebook group for leaders to be able to communicate and share ideas more easily.

This has been taken forward and the group is now live at:

www.facebook.com/groups/hhds.leaders/?ref=br_rs

Membership will be limited to those with adult appointments within the district (moderated by Steve Harris and I).

I know this will be a very useful tool for many people but am also conscious that not everyone chooses to use Facebook. As such, we will continue to use email as our primary channel for all communication about events and opportunities to ensure the widest possible distribution.

Looking forward to seeing you join the group and benefiting from it.

Russ

Back by popular demand!

An excellent evening’s entertainment tasting wines from various countries, alongside some well-matched food and fun facts about the wine, where it’s from and how it is produced! All proceeds will support the Jamboree participants fundraising.

Tickets are £20 each (must be pre-booked) and include a range of wines to taste plus nibbles to accompany each wine and entertainment throughout the evening.

Individuals/small groups can be accommodated but may be joined with others if space requires.

Wine Tasting Evening Letter Reply Form or book online.

For more details, contact Sue Rumble (07519 600843 / ssrumble@sky.com)

Well, the World Cup’s over so time to enjoy the Summer holidays. For those of you off to camp, have a great time… for those of you putting your feet up, enjoy a well-earned rest!

To add your group’s events to the Facebook page, please email dc@hemel-scouts.co.uk to be added as a contributor to the Facebook page.

Dates to note:

  • 31/07/18 – deadline for leader to submit nominations for Awards evening
  • 14/09/18 – deadline for YP replies for Cub Bushcraft Day
  • 16/09/18 – deadline for leader replies for Cub Bushcraft Day
  • 07/10/18 – deadline for leader replies for Wine Tasting Jamboree
  • 07/10/18 – deadline for YP RSVP for Awards evening
  • 16/11/18 – deadline for YP RSVP Pantomine
  • 21/11/18 – deadline for leader to submit numbers for Pantomine

Forthcoming events (www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/diary)

Happy Scouting.

Russ

I’m sure you’re looking forward to the Summer break after a successful Summer term of Scouting. I thought it would be a good idea to drop you a quick email with future dates to note for those of you who like to plan ahead.

Electronic copies of the letters to young people and information for leaders are available from the weblink below each event. Full details will be emailed to you for each event in late August and will be explained at the leader’s meeting on 6th September… but for now, please put the dates in your diary.

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I’m sure you’re looking forward to the Summer break after a successful Summer term of Scouting. I thought it would be a good idea to drop you a quick email with future dates to note for those of you who like to plan ahead.

Electronic copies of the letters to young people and information for leaders are available from the weblinks below each event. Full details will be emailed to you for each event in late August and will be explained at the leader’s meeting on 6th September… but for now, please put the dates in your diary.

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I’m sure you’re looking forward to the Summer break after a successful Summer term of Scouting. I thought it would be a good idea to drop you a quick email with future dates to note for those of you who like to plan ahead.

Electronic copies of the letters to young people and information for leaders are available from the weblink below each event. Full details will be emailed to you for each event in late August and will be explained at the leader’s meeting on 6th September… but for now, please put the dates in your diary.

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