Beaver Scouts

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 letters for Beaver Scouts and leaders attached for this event on Sunday 29th January 2017.

Russ

News

The District has seen a very busy start to 2016 across all sections!

Check out the Hemel Hempstead District Scouts facebook page to see more!

International News

  • Please find attached this month’s “International Matters” newsletter from Hertfordshire Scouts.
  • Kandersteg 2017 – we have an amazing number of young people and adults registered to take part in our District Expedition to Kandersteg International Scout Centre next year.

Forthcoming dates:

Thanks, as always, for all that you do for Scouting.

Russ

 

 

 

 

From: Well End Activity Centre / Herts Scouts

TO: Beaver Scout leaders, Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders in Hemel Hempstead

CC: Group Scout Leaders in Hemel Hempstead

This event will be held at Well End Activity Centre on the 25th – 26th June 2016 following a similar format to last successful year’s event.

All Beavers attending the event will be working on the Camp Craft Activity Badge as well as having the exciting opportunity to camp overnight at Well End.

The booking form, nights away information form, a nights away kit list and information about camp blankets are attached to this email. All Beavers will need a camp blanket for the event so please make parents aware of this if you are not providing them.

 

Programme outline

Saturday

  • Leaders are welcome to set up their own tents on Saturday morning.
  • Beavers should arrive with a packed lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm
  • They can then have lunch and help put up their own tents, lay out bedding etc.
  • Activities will start from 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon with a drink & snack break during the afternoon.
  • A cooked tea will be provided for all Beavers and adults.
  • Evening activities will include a wide game based on 30th birthday and campfire.
  • Followed by Hot chocolate & biscuits.

Sunday morning

  • Breakfast followed by activities.
  • Awarding of badges.
  • Close at 11.30am

 

Numbers: we have a limit of 200 Beavers plus leaders/helpers on a ratio of 1:4  Young leaders, though not included in the Beaver numbers still have to be part of your 1:4 ratio.

Cost: Beavers £17.00 includes all food, activities and event badge plus Camp Craft activity badge.  Leaders, helpers, young leaders £4.00 each.

To Book: all booking to be through Well End Activity Centre (email warden@wellend.org.uk or tel 0208 9532326).  Bookings open on Monday, 22 February and run through to Sunday, 22 May if the numbers limit is not reached before then.

Nights away permits: For Beaver leaders who do not have outdoor nights away permits we suggest perhaps bringing along a Cub or Scout leader from your group who does have one.  Or perhaps a leader from Active Support unit in your district will accompany you.

All groups attending need to provide tents please – suggest Cub sized ones as its part of the Camp Craft Activity badge requirements that the Beavers help to put up and take down their own tents.

All activities and food are organised for you.

Any questions please contact either your ADC Beavers or Hazel Beadle (ACC Beavers) email beadle.hazel@btinternet.com or tel 01462 711952

Please see attached letters for the experiment badge day – apologies that you didn’t receive the attachments to the email yesterday.

The message was sent up to be sent out last week but due to technical errors it didn’t send. As part of the solution to the technical problems, the attachments were deleted from the server and so not attached when the message eventually went out.

Apologies again.

Russ

 

Last night we celebrated our success over the last year at our District AGM… check out our annual report video showing all the fun and adventure enjoyed members of the district over the past 12 months.

Thanks to all our efforts over the last twelve months, our census return shows what a fantastic state our district is in:

  • 55 more young people are now enjoying Scouting in our district!
  • over 1,000 young people enjoying Scouting in the district every week.
  • we’ve seen a 25% increase in the number of Explorer Scouts – now over 100!
  • more Young Leaders helping in groups – our leaders of the future.
  • 10% more Beaver Scouts – a very healthy base to continue growing from…

4 new sections have opened since this time last year and more are set to open during 2015 – enabling more young people to enjoy all that Scouting has to offer! I would like to thank all those involved in running/supporting new sections.

Particular thanks also to Simon Fancourt, who has worked tirelessly for the last year co-ordinating membership enquiries, delivering leaflets to schools, continuing to support 1st Gadebridge as they grow and taking the lead on the project to re-open 5th Hemel Hempstead.

Here’s a thought too – in the last 2 years, groups/units in Hemel Hempstead have racked up an impressive 11,659 nights away overall!

Please, keep up the great work!

Happy Scouting!

Russ

May half term week saw over 50 Cubs, Scouts, young leaders and adults from 1st Leverstock Green travel to The Snowball Plantation in North Yorkshire for the traditional week-long group camp.

Activities included hiking (plus a ride on a steam train), cycling, swimming, backwoods cooking, sailing, kayaking, a high ropes course, team challenges, cooking on open fires plus a trip to Flamingo Land theme park.

You can see more of the action in the video clips posted on the group’s website.

This week was Scout Community Week and across Hemel Hempstead Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been working hard to make a difference. Most Scout Groups across the town were involved in projects, and here are just a few…

2nd Hemel Hempstead went out and about on Wednesday in Grovehill, with Beavers litterpicking around Henry Wells Square, the children’s playground and at the church and community centre, while the Cubs helped out at Astley Cooper School clearing litter from the perimeter fence, and checking the play areas. Between Beavers and Cubs they filled 7 bags of rubbish. The Scout Troop spring cleaned the kitchen store at the community centre and disposed of unwanted items.

20140607-172051-624512551st Hemel Hempstead cleaned up around the hospital on Saturday. Despite getting soaked, they picked litter from across the site and filled a dozen sacks with cans, food wrappers and even old car parts that had been thrown away.

1st Gadebridge also got in on the action with a litter pick in the area around their HQ, collecting lots of bags of rubbish and making Gadebridge a much tidier place!

Meanwhile, 1st Apsley decided to support the wider community, and continue the theme of supporting our troops after the success of the Treats 4 Troops campaign last November. This year is the 80th anniversary of the date that 1st Apsley was registered with the Scout Association, although the group has been traced back to before the 1st world war. To celebrate, they held a party camp at Phasels Wood over the weekend, with 130 youngsters taking part.

After discussion with RAF Halton about what the RAF personnel working overseas are in need of, it was agreed that the young people of 1st Apsley would send T shirts out to our RAF troops overseas. They wanted them to know that they are being thought of back home, so each Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Scout tie-dyed a T shirt to send to a member of the Air Force working abroad. In a couple of weeks time, personnel based at RAF Halton will be visiting 1st Apsley Scout Group to meet the young people who donated and decorated the T shirts, and receive them on behalf of their forces.

The party camp continued with plenty of other activities, including a hike to the Scout hut to try the new canoeing lake at the newly formed Two Waters Activity Centre, and onsite activities at Phasels, such as climbing, inflatable football, team challenges and a lovely party!

Everyone was in good spirits during their tasks, supporting the hospital, Grovehill Future Project, the RAF and many other projects around our community.

1st Gadebridge Beaver Scouts joined 1st Apsley on Friday for a Christmas party with party games, dressing leaders up like snowmen, a Happy meal and even a special visit from Santa…..