Hi

We’re now 7 weeks away from our “bring-a-friend” Promise Renewal event on 23rd April, so we now need to think about manning each of the activities.

Staff from Phasels Wood will man some of the activities (those which require special training authorisation).

As parents have been asked to supervise their children, we need any leaders who are available that evening to support the event by helping run activities to ensure everything is open.

The time-slots and tasks which need help are as follows:

  • 3.00pm – 5.00pm – setting up the activities & check-in desk
  • 4.30pm – 7.00pm – marshalling the car park
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm – distribution of wristbands/check-in
  • 5.00pm – 6.30pm – Beaver & Cub activities
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Scout & Explorer Activities

Jane Harding has agreed to co-ordinate the rota for the evening – please email her if you’re available: E.Jane.Harding@hotmail.co.uk

Activity instructions and final details will be sent out a week or so before the event.

Regards

Russ

Hi ,

Following requests from leaders, particularly in our district, Phasels Wood are running a short course on food hygiene on the morning of 24th March. The course description is:

Giving an understanding of food storage and preparation for camps and residential experiences. This course will cover a brief explanation of legal requirements, how to handle at risk foods , understanding allergens and maintaining a hygienic camp.

This course has been designed for anyone who does not have experience of catering at camp. Please pass this message onto any of your leaders who may benefit from this course.

There is a small charge for the course, which you may like to discuss with your Group Executive as a claimable expense for “ongoing learning”.

To book visit the Phasels Wood website https://www.phaselswood.org.uk/training-courses

Russ

Booking will open 6.30pm 1st March 2019. Priority will be given to those who have not done this before.

Powerboating 24th March 2019

Power Coxswain Activity Badge

Bury Lake Rickmansworth 9.15 for prompt 9.30 start – 16.00 Cost £15

Power boating uses exciting, awesome power machines that require skill and knowledge to master, but give the opportunity for anyone to try. Different types of power boat include wet bikes, rigid inflatables (RIBs) and power cruisers. Power boats can also be used as work boats or rescue boats, but all of them, from the solid, dependable diesel open boats to rubber dinghies with outboards, require skill and knowledge and can be great fun.

Scout Power Coxswain Activity Badge

  1. Choose and identify the boat you will use.
  2. Choose the waters you will visit.
  3. Identify the features and hazards of this water.
  4. Learn what the rules are for boating on the water you’re using.
  5. Wear the proper clothing and make sure you have the correct equipment for your craft.

Complete the following steps under proper supervision:

6. Locate the engine and know how to start and stop it safely.
7. Take part in a man overboard drill.
8. Launch and recover your craft (if that’s possible) and come alongside. Moor and berth your craft.
9. Control the speed and direction of your craft to steer around a course or on a journey.

Young people will be appropriately supervised by an activity permit holder or a qualified external instructor. The activity will follow the activity rules in the Policy and Organisation Rules. Find out more at www.scouts.org.uk/a-z

Booking is via the Hemel District Website http://www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/powerboating/

All information will be sent via email once booking is made.

Hi 

The next Scout/Explorer linking event will be on Tuesday 26th March.  The activity will be Bungee Trampolining and Pedal Carts – details on the attached flyer.

Please could you email desa@hemelexplorers.org.uk (by 28th February) to advise the names and contact details of scouts from your Troop who should be invited (those who are due to move up to Explorers after Easter).

Also, if you or any of your other scout leaders would like to come along, you’d be more than welcome.

Russ, Maureen & Frank

Hi

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:

  • 08/03/19 – deadline for the Jamboree Family Quiz Night

 

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

 

Happy Scouting

Russ

Hi

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:

  • 08/03/19 – deadline for the Jamboree Family Quiz Night

 

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

 

Happy Scouting

Russ

Hi 

Please find details attached for this year’s Promise Renewal event – to be held at Phasels Wood on Tuesday 23rd April following last year’s very successful format.

For this year’s event, we will be trialling online payments direct from parents – this will save a huge amount of time by you and the event admin team, writing out parent’s details and filling in forms!

Please prepare to distribute these forms the first week back after half term and put a note in your diary to be there too. Parents will be asked to accompany young people around the activities but we still need around 50 adults to make the event happen – Jane Harding has agreed to co-ordinate the rota and we’ll send details of how to sign up for to help during half term.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks

Russ

Hi 

Please find details attached for this year’s Promise Renewal event – to be held at Phasels Wood on Tuesday 23rd April following last year’s very successful format.

For this year’s event, we will be trialling online payments direct from parents – this will save a huge amount of time by you and the event admin team, writing out parent’s details and filling in forms!

Please prepare to distribute these forms the first week back after half term and put a note in your diary to be there too. Parents will be asked to accompany young people around the activities but we still need around 50 adults to make the event happen – Jane Harding has agreed to co-ordinate the rota and we’ll send details of how to sign up for to help during half term.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks

Russ

Hi

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:

  • 08/03/19 – deadline for leaders to submit numbers for Family Quiz Night

 

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

Happy Scouting

Russ

Dear Scout leaders,

Please forward the following onto your Scouts – my apologies for the short timescales given to meet the County’s timelines for selection of participants.

———-European Jamboree 2020——————

I am writing to you on behalf of Hemel Hempstead District to offer you the opportunity to apply for a place in the County Jamboree Unit that will be going to the European Scout Jamboree to be held in Gdansk in Poland 27th July to 6th August 2020.  There has not been a European Jamboree since the UK last hosted Eurojam in 2005, and so this represents a real opportunity to participate in a life changing event.

The District has been allocated 2 places and if you apply, depending on the numbers applying, you may be invited to attend a selection day that will include an interview and activities and will be held between 15th February and 26th February.

Please be aware that not all applicants will be sucessful, and the only way to stand a chance of being selected will be to apply and if necessary attend the selection event.

If you were to be selected you would be one of 36 young people from Hertfordshire, supported by 4 Leaders that will be attending.

To be eligible to be a participant at the European Jamboree you must be born between 28th July 2002 and 27th July 2006. These age ranges are set by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and are not flexible. If you are younger than this age bracket then you will have an opportunity to attend other Jamborees in your time in scouting.

If successful you will need to attend various training sessions, camps and activities to ensure that you are prepared and to get to know the other Scouts in your unit, which will be made up of Scouts from all areas of Hertfordshire.

You will need to be prepared to promote Scouting locally both before and after Jamboree in the form of presentations about your experiences to other members and parents and supporters.

This is a big commitment and you will need the support of your Group or Unit and your parents or guardians to ensure that you can attend all of the training events which are usually one per month until the Jamboree.

The cost of the Jamboree will be £1000.00 per participant and Leader with the first payment of £150 being due by the end of February 2019.  There are some non-scouting organisations that may well support you as you raise the funds for your participation, but you will need to apply to these funds yourself, although your Leaders will be expected to support your applications. Money alone should never be a reason not to apply for a Jamboree participant place.  The District does have a small fund to assist in attendance at such events in case of hardship and applications should be made to the District Commissioner Russ Dyble.

You can find more information about the Jamboree by visiting   www.ej2020.org

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that participants often say changed their life. Although not everyone will be selected, everyone should apply.  Participants will be selected bearing in mind their age, any additional needs they might have and how this opportunity could benefit them, not only how they will contribute to Jamboree.  In short it’s not necessarily only “super scouts” who should fill in the form.

If you would like to be considered to represent the District, please complete the enclosed application form, with as much information about yourself as possible, then get your parent / guardian to sign the form and return it to me as soon as possible, but no later than 15th February 2019, forms can be returned electronically or in hard copy. I will write / email you shortly after this with an interview date and details of any selection day.

If you have any queries or questions about Jamboree, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frank Monnington

frank@hemelexplorers.org.uk

Yours in Scouting