District News

With Summer term well underway, at last we have some good weather to make our outdoor activities even more enjoyable – let’s hope the sun is here to stay!

 

News

 

  • 1st Hemel Hempstead Scouts celebrated St George’s Day during on an exciting trip to Wales!
  • A training day at Lees Wood was enjoyed by 80 Cub Sixers & Seconders from across the District, taking part in a range of activities that will help them in their roles.
  • At the District AGM we celebrated a year of “even more adventure than before!”, take a look at our video review of the year!
  • Congratulations to the three Network members who attended the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday – a fantastic achievement! – and thanks to all the leaders who deliver the DofE programme in the District.

Forthcoming dates

 

  • 9th June – Cub Fun Evening at Phasels Wood
  • 21st June – Scout/Explorer linking event – details TBC
  • 28th July – District Expedition to Kandersteg
  • 5th September – All Section Leaders’ meeting – just after the Summer holiday, so pop the date in your diary so you don’t forget!

 

Enjoy your scouting!

 

Russ

Essex County have invited us to take part in some Caving weekends if any of our Scouts/Explorers/Network would like to.  The application and information is attached.

Russ

The last four years have seen consistent growth in memership 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):

  • The 6-25 Programme – ensuring that funds are best-used to support the 6-25 programme
  • Finance & Fundraising – to include scrutiny of applications to the “Adventure” & “International” funds and loan administered from the General Reserves.
  • Minibus – to support the minibus committee and report on the maintenance and finances
  • Property & Equipment – to ensure our equipment and buildings are well-managed, financed and insured
  • Public Relations/Development – to lead on our external promotional activities and recruitment
  • Scout Shop – to support the Scout Shop manager and report on the finances and operations

We are looking to elect four Executive Committee Members to serve for a year until May 2018 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 18th May.  Please see the invitation attached.

To make a nomination please complete the form at www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/exec before midnight on Sunday 14th May.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please call me on 07554 997144 or to read more information about the role of the District Executive Committee please see the fact sheet that can be found at: http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs330078.pdf

Thank you for considering joining us,

Keith Gower

Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead District Scout Executive Committee.

 

The last four years have seen consistent growth in memership 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):

  • The 6-25 Programme – ensuring that funds are best-used to support the 6-25 programme
  • Finance & Fundraising – to include scrutiny of applications to the “Adventure” & “International” funds and loan administered from the General Reserves.
  • Minibus – to support the minibus committee and report on the maintenance and finances
  • Property & Equipment – to ensure our equipment and buildings are well-managed, financed and insured
  • Public Relations/Development – to lead on our external promotional activities and recruitment
  • Scout Shop – to support the Scout Shop manager and report on the finances and operations

We are looking to elect four Executive Committee Members to serve for a year until May 2018 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 18th May.  Please see the invitation attached.

To make a nomination please complete the form at www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/exec before midnight on Sunday 14th May.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please call me on 07554 997144 or to read more information about the role of the District Executive Committee please see the fact sheet that can be found at: http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs330078.pdf

Thank you for considering joining us,

Keith Gower

Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead District Scout Executive Committee.

Hi

In an effort to make life as straightforward as possible for leaders, I have added a form to our website so you can submit your Nights Away Notification forms more easily online. The URL for the online form is:
www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/nightsaway/

Submitting your form online will ensure you’re always submitting the information required on the latest version of the NAN form and will send the details to all the relevant people for you.

The link is in the main menu on the district website but it may be worth book-marking this page for future.

If you still want to email an attachment, that’s absolutely fine… the latest version is attached.

Russ

,

Could you be part of the Scout Shop team?

Two members of the existing team have decided to step down due to other commitments and we are splitting the manager role into two parts (rota/staff support and administration/finance) so we are looking for new members to join the team.

For the last 10 years, Hemel Hempstead District Scouts have operated a Scout Shop, supplying young people with uniform and leaders with badges, resources, certificates and much more. The Scout Shop also raises around £2,500 per year to reduce the cost of Scouting – keeping activity costs for young people down and ensuring leaders have everything they need to run successful groups!

What’s the commitment?

  • Team members are rotated on a four-weekly basis, so we’re asking you to help one evening per month, usually 11 times over the course of a year.
  • The Assistant Manager will be responsible for drawing up the staff rota, recruiting and supporting team members and popping into the shop some Tuesday evenings to find out from team members and customers if there’s any way we can improve how the shop works.

These roles are great ways to support Scouting for parents unable to help with weekly sessions.

Do I need any specific experience?

  • Team members – absolutely not… it’s just a case of offering customers the items they’re looking for, checking the order form and taking payment.
  • Assistant Manager – previous retail experience would be helpful but not essential at all.

I’m interested… what next?

Please respond to this email and you will be contacted to chat through what’s involved in more detail before you decide whether it’s for you or not.

Thanks

Russ

Where is this year going?! – I can’t believe we’re heading towards the end of February already!  Apologies for the absence of newletters during the first half term – but now for a catch up!

News

2017 has already seen quite a variety of exciting activities –

Don’t forget to keep sending news and photos for us to share with everyone!

Forthcoming Events

  • 24th February – Archery permit course
  • 25th February – Pinewood Derby
  • 9th March – Young Leader training
  • 17th March – Kandersteg Training Camp
  • 20th April – All Sections Leader Meeting

Keep an eye on the District website for Diary updates!

 

Cheers

Russ

 

 

 

Please find a leaflet attached for our District Scout Shop.

Every Tuesday evening during term-time the shop is open from 7.00pm – 8.30pm with uniforms and badges (leaders only) available to buy. Due to increased demand, we have recently increased the level of stock we hold of the most popular items.

A hard copy of the leaflet for every child will be sent to section leaders for distribution next week.

Proceeds from the Scout Shop are used to reduce the cost of Scouting locally – so please buy from us rather than online or from for-profit businesses… you still pay the same price.

Scout Shop Leaflet

Just a quick reminder about the all-sections leader meeting on Tuesday 3rd January.

Start: 7.45pm for 8pm

Finish: 9.30pm

Venue: Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School

This meeting will be an opportunity to collect information about forthcoming events, finalise plans for events later in the year and catch up on various bits of news from around the district.

Looking forward to seeing you on 3rd January – hope you enjoy seeing in the New Year.

Russ

News

  • 1st Hemel Hempstead Scouts have been ringing the bells for Christmas at St Mary’s Church in the Old Town!
  • 1st Apsley Cubs enjoyed a busy time at their Winter Camp at Well End Activity Centre
  • Last Friday 176 Cubs from across the District celebrated 100 years of Cub Scouts by renewing their promise all together on ice at a Christmas ice rink!

Forthcoming Events

The District Diary is currently being updated ready for all the exciting events and activities taking place in 2017 – keep an eye on the District web page to find out more!

Thanks to everyone for all your support throughout 2016, it’s been a fantastic year.

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas, and Happy New Year too.

Russ