District News

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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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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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:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z503wbfxoxey675/AABuQVLsLghT4DZGDUO8GZu8a?dl=0

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:

https://fundraising.scouts.org.uk/gift-aid

Hope this helps with fundraising for your Scout Group.

Russ

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:

www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/awards

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

THE DEADLINE TO DO THIS IS 31st JULY – OTHERWISE YOUNG PEOPLE MAY NOT RECEIVE THEIR INVITATIONS.

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

Thanks

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

Hello 

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.

Thanks

Russ

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:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6719781874&ref=br_rs

To find out more about the national Scout Network programme, visit the Scouts UK website:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=8

Hi

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.

 

Regards

Russ

Upcoming Events

Aug
17
Fri
2018
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.
Sep
10
Mon
2018
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.
Sep
15
Sat
2018
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.