Summer term (yes, really, it IS summer!) is speeding by, and all groups in the District are enjoying a wide variety of activities!


Take a look at the District facebook page for more – and keep sending your news/photos to let us all know what you’ve been doing.

Forthcoming dates

Don’t forget the Go-Karting activity is available this half-term on Wednesday evenings – letters attached (for sections who want to make a block booking, and also for young people to go independently).


Happy Scouting!




Here we are at the start of another half term of exciting scouting – don’t forget to keep us all up-to-date with your news and photos ….


  • 1st Apsley Kingfisher scouts had a fun evening of raft building, although I’m not sure they stayed afloat for long!
  • 1st Kings Langley enjoyed a busy Group camp at Well End – and someone even found time to relax!
  • Bookings for the ‘Come To Tolmers’ camp next month are now closed – four leaders will be taking 46 of our scouts/explorers from across the District – I’m sure they’re going to have a fantastic time!

Chief Scout Award badges –

In response to feedback, the badges and certificates for the Chief Scout Awards, have been redesigned, with the current items remaining valid until stocks are rundown. Young people selected a design that stands out, reflecting the high level of achievement of this award. County have put together some ideas to help young people achieve their Chief Scout Awards. To view the new badge and read their blog, click here.

Forthcoming dates




Please see the attached documents about the ever-popular go-karting activity on Wednesday evenings (starting after half term).

One letter is for young people to go independently, the other is for those sections who want to make a block booking.

Thanks to Sean, Richard and 1st Leverstock Green for running this as always.


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


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!



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!



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 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:

Thank you for considering joining us,

Keith Gower

Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead District Scout Executive Committee.


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!





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).


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:


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




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

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):

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):