Cub Scouts

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

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

 

 

News

  • More than 180 Cubs enjoyed an amazing, star-gazing afternoon completing their Astronomers Badge
  • 2nd Hemel Hempstead Cubs spent an evening learning about making Safe Choices, Peer Pressure, Bullying and Safe Adults – all part of the Billy’s Wish education programme.
  • 1st Leverstock Green Kestrel pack did the Mannequin Challenge as part of the Entertainer badge!

Forthcoming events

  • 7th December – Training & Permit Validation Workshop
  • 10th December – Caving day hosted by Complete Outdoors, raising money for Hemel Hempstead District Scouts
  • 16th December – Cub Promise Outing event – there are still places available, contact Maureen Shelley if you have any more Cubs who would like to join in the ice-skating fun!
  • 28th January – District Quiz Night – make sure you put the date in your diary, full details to follow in the New Year
  • Bushcraft 2017 – if you want to learn more Bushcraft skills, it’s time to register for the 2017 programme – email hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com for more information.

Don’t forget to keep sending news and photos of your activities for us to share with everyone.

Enjoy your festive scouting over the next few weeks!

Russ

 

Please find documents attached from Phil McLachlan relating to the Astronomer badge day.

 

There’s been an incredible number of activities and events over the last couple of weeks, and still lots more to look forward to!

News

  • 7th Hemel Hempstead made the most of two days off school, having fun at Phasels and Little Hay
  • 1st Hemel Hempstead took to air and water for bell-boating and gliding
  • Explorers spent a night under the stars at Coombe Hill to watch the sunrise
  • Cubs from across the District spent the weekend at Tolmers at the County Cub 100 celebrations
  • Congratulations to 1st Kings Langley scouts for winning this year’s Nimrod competition – and a huge thank you to the leaders and Explorers who organised the event – results table attached.

Forthcoming dates

Yours in scouting

Russ

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.

Russ

I hope you had an enjoyable Easter weekend – and remembered to change your clocks to British Summer time!

News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the last update –

Gift Aid Update

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration wording has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!

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

Attached are two letters detailing a number of opportunities for young people that do not require any of your time as leaders, other than letting them know:

  • Water activities
    • Yacht cruising.
    • Dinghy Sailing Courses and camp
    • Thursday evening dinghy sailing
    • Regatta for competent dinghy sailors
  • Climbing sessions

Details about kayaking sessions will also be available shortly.

Please don’t let your Cubs, Scouts or Explorer Scouts miss out… If you would like printed copies of either letter, please let me know and this can be arranged.

Cheers

Russ