Please find attached details for the 2018 Caving Badge Course weekends.  Scouts and Explorers (and leaders!) can book onto these courses individually, and do not need to be accompanied by their own leaders. 

Transport is provided from Essex/Herts to and from the course, which is in Somerset.  Bookings should be completed and returned to the address on the form.

Please find attached details for the 2018 Caving Badge Course weekends.  Scouts and Explorers (and leaders!) can book onto these courses individually, and do not need to be accompanied by their own leaders.  Transport is provided from Essex/Herts to and from the course, which is in Somerset.  Bookings should be completed and returned to the address on the form.

 

Kind regards,

Here are the final details for Monday evening’s Activity Evening & Promise Renewal event at Phasels Wood… It’s going to be a very busy but enjoyable evening with over 450 youngsters taking part in total!

Bringing extra children on the night
If you wish to bring anyone else on the night, we CAN accept cash payment on the night (£5 for Scouts and £10 for friends)… no need to pre-book… we’d particularly like to welcome your child(ren)’s friends to come along with them, so why not ask around?

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Message from John Larkin RE: Pinewood Derby 2018

Hi Folks,

Sorry it has taken ages to get these out anyway I am sure your troop will be interested in their final overall placings (attached).

Don’t forget to count it as badge work…

It was the biggest District Scout event with 120 entries!

Thanks for your support and help to stage the event.

Onto next year….

Woggles Up!

John

Two Waters Activity Centre would like to announce Our new Website, Courses in Kayak, sessions in Archery and Air Rifle for Scouts and some Fun Sessions on the Water for Cubs.

To view what is on offer go to the Home page and click on the bookings link to view details of each activity.

Two Waters new Website https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/

Please look at the site for all Course Dates and further information.

Any questions please email twa1stapsleyscouts@gmail.com

Hi 

Please find notes for leaders attached for the Promise Renewal event on Monday 23rd April, as well as letters to give out next week following the half term holidays.

Timetable

  • 23rd March – deadline for replies from YP
  • 30th March – deadline for replies/money back to Maureen
  • 13th April – info emailed out to parents (copied to leaders)

I will be emailing separately about rounding up helpers for the various activities (alongside staff from Phasels Wood) and the opportunity for a half-day training enabling adults to run quite a few of the activities at Phasels Wood.

Looking forward to a great event – it would be excellent to have a large turnout to renew our promises together.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Russ

Please find attached a letter to go out to all Scouts about the district’s Powerboating activity day on 18th March.

The capacity for the activity is 15 Scouts. Bookings will open at 6pm on 23rd February on a first-come-first-served basis, via the district website:

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

Priority will be given to those who have not attended the activity previousl. Anyone who has attended before may join a waiting list to fill any spare places on a first come first served basis by emailing their name to Pete West on peteandsue8@virginmedia.com

Thanks to Pete and the team for organising this activity.

Power Coxswain Badge Day flyer for YP

Following the District Executive’s decision to take on a paid administrator to support various functions within the district to improve our “behind the scenes” activity, I’m delighted to announce that Hannah Mansfield has been appointed to the role of District Administrator.

Hannah does not have Scouting experience but is a very competent administrator and is already proving to be a quick learner. Please bear with her whilst she gets her head around our structure and terminology!

Hannah’s first task is to update and distribute the district directory, which she will be contact GSLs about over the coming days. Beyond that, Hannah will be supporting the District Team and Executive with the following tasks:

  • Contacting group’s termly to confirm space for new members, subscriptions and who enquiries should be sent to (Simon will still handle the enquiries themselves)
  • Collating information about dates for Scouts to move to Explorers, allowing Maureen Shelley to more effectively plan the link events.
  • Ensure the planning for district events/activities is on track and supporting organisers to ensure that letters are produced in good time, published to the website and sent out by paper/email as appropriate.
  • Supporting event organisers by contacting venues/transport companies etc for quotes when necessary.
  • Regularly update our email and SMS software with data from Compass to ensure communications are always being sent to the right people.
  • Sending out promotional material for the Scout Shop each term to encourage parents to buy from us, allowing us to re-invest the profits locally and as a result, keep the district levy down.
  • Maintaining the diary of hall bookings for Warners End and Boxmoor HQs.
  • Other reasonable tasks as requested.

If there’s anything Hannah can do to support your Scout Group, please do contact me, as there is flexibility for her to take on additional tasks on behalf of Scout Groups too.

Hannah will work remotely, although may attend some meetings if necessary. Her email address is: hannah@hemel-scouts.co.uk and phone number is 07817 606497.

I’m sure you will welcome Hannah warmly as and when you come into contact with her.

Russ

Further to the survey conducted last term, I have now arranged a session to enable you to move forward obtaining a hillwalking and/or climbing permit if you wish to do so.

Please email me to let me know (by return email) if you are coming so we can arrange refreshments and enough handouts for everyone.

Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018

Location: Phasels Wood

Timings:

  • 7.30pm – 8.15pm – climbing-specific info
  • 8.15pm – 8.45pm – permit scheme general info
  • 8.45pm – 9.30pm – hillwalking-specific info

We have Dan Nathan (Assistant County Commissioner for Activities from Hertfordshire Scouts) attending to explain what’s required for both types of permits. The evening is an opportunity to:

  • hear more about the process of obtaining activity permits
  • ask questions
  • meet others wanting to do the same
  • plan a series of training, practice and assessment dates

Please bring your diaries as the intended outcome of the evening is that we schedule some training and assessment weekends over the coming 12-18 months.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Russ

Following our district’s successful trip to Lochearnhead Scout Station 2014, we plan to return again in 2020. Please indicate your interest in taking part in this trip using the form below and you will be contacted about forming the leadership team later in the Spring term (2018).

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