If you have a new treasurer or haven’t been claiming GiftAid for a while because you’re not sure how to, I’ve received these guides, produced by another district, which help explain how to register, how to record claimable income and how to make the claim itself:


What is GiftAid?

Gift Aid is a simple government initiative which allows donors to increase the value of their donations at no extra cost to them. For every pound given, charities can get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue & Customs, helping donations go further.

So what does this mean in real terms?  If a Group had 50 members paying £60 per year it would give them a total income of £3,000 per year.  Assuming all of the parents/guardians are tax payers then the potential Gift Aid is around £750 per year.

If you have not claimed Gift Aid before you are entitled to claim back the previous four years contributions

Further information about GiftAid relevant to Scouting is available on the national website:


Hope this helps with fundraising for your Scout Group.


Our sixth annual Awards Evening will be held in October, hosted as always by the Mayor of Dacorum at “the Forum”.

Please let us know details of awards presented since 1st September 2017

In order to send out the invitations to all young people, we need you to inform us of anyone who has received their awards between 1st September 2017 – 31 August 2018.

This year, it’s even easier to do than before – please just complete the online form at:


If you prefer to copy the details into a spreadsheet from existing records, please complete the attached template and return to awards@hemel-scouts.co.uk


If you have already submitted cards via the Scout Shop, we will send these to you to check (we’re just finishing compiling the list).

Details of the event itself are as follows (please save the date in your diary):

  • Date: Tuesday 16th October
  • Time: 6.00pm – 7.15pm
  • Venue: The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN


Russ Dyble (DC) & Julie Bailey (District Secretary)

What a scorcher of a weekend – and even better that England beat Sweden to get through to the semi-finals of the World Cup!

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:

  • 31/07/18 – deadline for leader to submit nominations for Awards evening (details to follow in an email today)
  • 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


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


Happy Scouting



As discussed at the April Scout  & Explorer leader’s meeting, we agreed that the information about future Scout-Explorer linking events should be sent to ALL adults in the Scout section…. Please find attached the flyer about the next linking event.

We also agreed that each section would supply the names and contact details for the Scouts who should be invited (those due to move up to Explorers in September) in order that Maureen can send them a personal invitation.

Please submit these names to Maureen (desa@hemelexplorers.org.uk) as soon as possible – ideally by Wednesday (4th July) evening.



The Scout Network is Scouting’s fifth section – open to members aged 18 – 24. Members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of the district’s Scout Network team.

I have attached a copy of the forthcoming programme which contains adventurous, outdoors, social activities, weekends away and taking part in national Scout Network camps. The programme also contributes to the Queen’s Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

If you’re interested, our district’s Scout Network is co-ordinated by Kirsty & Natasha, you can contact them using the email address: network@hemel-scouts.co.uk

Kirsty will be contacting all members of the district aged 17.5 – 25 shortly to invite them along to the next few evenings/events.

Find us online
There is a Facebook group for anyone interested in the Hemel Hempstead Scout Network:

To find out more about the national Scout Network programme, visit the Scouts UK website:


Following my email a couple of weeks ago about how we support Young Leaders in Hemel Hempstead, I’m delighted to say I’ve had a few offers of help and have co-ordinated a meeting tonight of those who will be involved going forward… Here’s the new team:

  • Administrator – Nickie Davies: Nickie is already involved on the group executive committee at 1st Hemel Hempstead and has children involved in th Scout/Explorer sections. Nickie will register new member, update the records and ensure that at 17.5 yrs, everyone is aware of the opportunities available to them – both as adult volunteers and members of the Scout Network.
  • “Catch-up” Co-ordinator – Kirstie Dalrymple: Kirstie is a parent of Young Leaders and has agreed to help by calling section leaders and parents to give the existing records a complete update to ensure we know who is helping out, which section they’r in and which modules/missions they’ve completed… she’ll be in touch over the coming weeks.
  • Training Co-ordinator – Michael Albon: Michael is a Cub Scout Leader at 4th Hemel Hempstead and completed the Young Leader training himself. He will be responsible for booking the venues, organising the trainers, grouping the YLs s they end up in the right training and fronting up each training evening.


Recruitment of “Supporters”

The team are now looking for individuals to support two or three Young Leaders through their modules/missions to encourage them to achieve their Young Leader “Belt” award. This could be an existing leader in a section or a great role for a parent looking for a more flexible way to help support Scouting.

If you’re interested, please email youngleaders@hemel-scouts.co.uk

Contacting the team

Whilst we get everyone up and running, please send all enquiries to youngleaders@hemel-scouts.co.uk and it will be directed to the relevant team member.

Thank you Sandra!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra Harding for the excellent job she has done for a number of years, which allows the current team to take over a successful and well-organised operation.




Shooting Activity Courses  Master at Arms Badge

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Scout & Cub a shooting course. Courses will work towards the Master at Arms activity badge for the Scouts. The course will be held in the range at 1st Apsley Scout Hut.

Courses will have a maximum of 12. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start.

Dates 2nd June -7th July  3.00pm-4.30pm

Price: £25

Closing Date 1st June

Booking via Two Waters web site httpshttps://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/

Archery Activity Courses  Master at Arms Badge

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Scout & Cub an Archery course that will work towards the Master at Arms activity badge for the Scouts. The course will be held in the range at 1st Apsley Scout Hut.

Courses will have a maximum of 12. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start.

Dates 3rd June -8th July  1.30pm- 3pm

Archery competition 14th July 1.30-3pm

Price: £25

Closing Date 2nd June

Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/



CUB FUN SESSION ON THE LAKE Dates 9th June and 7th July  10-11.30 and 12.30-1pm

For Cubs to come down to the lake to try out kayaking & canoeing, a fun session to introduce you to the water & play some games.

Price: £8

Closing Date 8th June and 6th July

Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/


PADDLESPORTS COURSES FOR SCOUTS EXPLORERS AND LEADERS ALSO AVAILABLE STARTING 4th JUNE Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/





Hemel Hempstead District Scout Council
Have pleasure in inviting you to our Annual General Meeting

Venue: Hemel Hempstead Scouts’ District HQ, Gravel Hill Spring, Gravel Lane, Hemel Hempstead  HP1 1RZ

Date: Thursday 24th May 2018

Time: 7.30pm for refreshments, the meeting will start at 8.00pm

RSVP and enquiries:  Julie Bailey – District Secretary (Email: secretary@hemel-scouts.co.uk)

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Julie Bailey

District Secretary

Hemel Hempstead Scouts Sailing Day Saturday 14th July 2018

A day dinghy sailing at the ESSA Water Activities Centre, Nazeing, Essex (https://essa.org.uk/).

The day will be focussed on improving sailing skills and an introduction to racing. It will be open to any Cub, Scout or Explorer who has completed their Stage 1 or 2 Sailing activity badge or Stage 1 or 2 RYA youth sailing award.

Minibus transport will be provided and that is included in the total cost. We will leave Hemel Hempstead at 9am and aim to return for 5pm.

Drinks and snacks will be provided as there is no shop on the site. Participants will need to bring their own packed lunch.

We will be using ESSA’s boats and all safety equipment. Please note that their rules state that young people at the centre are required to wear helmets when dinghy sailing. Participants will need their own personal clothing and waterproofs.

ESSA charge £21 per young person per day. The total cost will therefore be £27.50.

Bookings will be via the Hemel Hempstead Scout website in the usual way for our sailing activities . Once a booking and payment has been made full details and permission forms will be sent out which must be returned before the booking is confirmed.

You have probably seen details about the new legislation for protection of personal data (GDPR)  & wondered how it will affect record keeping in Scouting. We are still waiting for final guidance from the Scout Association but feel that everyone needs to be aware of what you can & cannot do under the new rules.

We have a training module already arranged for Administration & this will include GDPR & you are very welcome to join us for it.

The module will be run on Saturday 2nd June at Phasels between 09.30 & 11.15. This is the weekend at the end of the Bank Holiday

If you would like a place then please email Steve Harris (ltm.gtwhite@btinternet.com), places are limited so book early!!

Steve Harris – Training Manager

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Upcoming Events

9:00 am Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
6:00 pm Explorer Summer Camp @ St Brides, West Wales
Explorer Summer Camp @ St Brides, West Wales
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm
Activities will include a selection of coastal walking, climbing, Sea kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, beach pioneering & BBQ’S, raft building, bivvying, rock pooling, cycling, coasteering, and visits to Pembroke Castle and Skomer Island.
7:30 pm Bushcraft (Module 7) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Bushcraft (Module 7) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the night – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.
10:00 am Bushcraft Camp @ TBC
Bushcraft Camp @ TBC
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 11:00 am
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the day – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.