Explorer Scouts

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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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

Please find attached details for the 2018 Caving Badge Course weekends.  Scouts and Explorers (and leaders!) can book onto these courses individually, and do not need to be accompanied by their own leaders. 

Transport is provided from Essex/Herts to and from the course, which is in Somerset.  Bookings should be completed and returned to the address on the form.

Please find attached details for the 2018 Caving Badge Course weekends.  Scouts and Explorers (and leaders!) can book onto these courses individually, and do not need to be accompanied by their own leaders.  Transport is provided from Essex/Herts to and from the course, which is in Somerset.  Bookings should be completed and returned to the address on the form.

 

Kind regards,

Following our district’s successful trip to the Haarlem Jamborette as an alternative to the World Scout Jamboree in 2015, we plan to return again in 2019. Please indicate your interest in taking part in this trip using the form below and you will be contacted about forming the leadership team later in the Spring term (2018).

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Today we are formally announcing the seven lucky Scouts and Explorers who have been selected to represent Hemel Hempstead at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA in 2019! They are: Josh Lee, Ollie Myatt, Becky Harding, Nate Jermy, Timmy Gower, Jen Bishop and Tom Rumble.

They are now starting on their long journey of fund-raising and will soon be joining one of the Hertfordshire Units which will represent the UK at the Jamboree. Selection was long and our seven were picked not necessarily for merit, but to support them with confidence building, independence, self-belief and acceptance.

We hope you will support their events – you will see them at Bunnings Sausage Sizzles through next year and they will be hosting the District Quiz night on Saturday 24th March 2018. The District Jamboree launch event will be on Wednesday 4th July!

Pictures courtesy of John Larkin.

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

 

 

 

OPEN FOR NEW MEMBERS AND PREVIOUS MEMBERS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Please note: Everyone interested must register their interest including those on the current course.

Following Baden Powell’s ideals and Bear Grylls, be part of this popular group now in it’s 10th year who wish to:

  • Participate in the practical side of woodcraft and backwoods skills, camping without a tent.
  • Work in own age groups; scouts, explorers, adults & leaders.

Parents may join in too as long as they are DBS/CRB cleared by their Group
It is fundamentally:

  • Designed for anyone from ‘Scouts (must be over 11) to Adults’ in the District.
  • Fun for all, no previous bushcraft experience required.
  • You need to have camped under canvas previously (with your own scout group).
  • Not requiring specialised equipment to take part.
  • Allows you to try out something you have never done before.

Some of the many skills you may wish to try out:

  • Make a shelter from ‘tarp’ or natural materials and sleep in it.
  • Using a Knife, Axe and Saw in the Bushcraft way.
  • All you need to know about fires and starting them without a match.
  • Identifying and collecting wild foods.
  • Preparing and cooking animals and fish.
  • Making gadgets from natural materials.
  • How to collect and make safe drinking water.
  • Using and sleeping in a hammock

Dates for 2017 are in the attached flyer.

If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2017 you will need to register or re-register (if existing member):

  1. Register your interest on-line only by emailing to hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com
  2. Give your name (those taking part), date of birth (if under 18), scout group, address, contact Tel Nos.
  3. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar and register on-line to hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com

John & the bushcraft team

OPEN FOR NEW MEMBERS AND PREVIOUS MEMBERS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Please note: Everyone interested must register their interest including those on the current course.

Following Baden Powell’s ideals and Bear Grylls, be part of this popular group now in it’s 10th year who wish to:

  • Participate in the practical side of woodcraft and backwoods skills, camping without a tent.
  • Work in own age groups; scouts, explorers, adults & leaders.

Parents may join in too as long as they are DBS/CRB cleared by their Group
It is fundamentally:

  • Designed for anyone from ‘Scouts (must be over 11) to Adults’ in the District.
  • Fun for all, no previous bushcraft experience required.
  • You need to have camped under canvas previously (with your own scout group).
  • Not requiring specialised equipment to take part.
  • Allows you to try out something you have never done before.

Some of the many skills you may wish to try out:

  • Make a shelter from ‘tarp’ or natural materials and sleep in it.
  • Using a Knife, Axe and Saw in the Bushcraft way.
  • All you need to know about fires and starting them without a match.
  • Identifying and collecting wild foods.
  • Preparing and cooking animals and fish.
  • Making gadgets from natural materials.
  • How to collect and make safe drinking water.
  • Using and sleeping in a hammock

Dates for 2017 are in the attached flyer.

If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2017 you will need to register or re-register (if existing member):

  1. Register your interest on-line only by emailing to hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com
  2. Give your name (those taking part), date of birth (if under 18), scout group, address, contact Tel Nos.
  3. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar and register on-line to hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com

John & the bushcraft team

News

  • Twenty-two of the older scouts from around the District attended a linking event with Explorers last week – great fun was had by all, cooking and eating pancakes, followed by a boisterous game of Dodge Ball!
  • Well done to all scouts who took part in the Green Beret competition last weekend in some challenging weather conditions!  Also, a big thank you to the team of Explorers who helped run the bases.
  • Flights have been booked for the District Expedition to Kandersteg 2017, very exciting!  The leader team will meet this week to start detailed planning.

Forthcoming events

Yours in Scouting,

Russ

 

 

Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Fri
2018
6:00 pm Peak Assault (Herts Scouts) @ Secret location (Starting at Phasels Wood)
Peak Assault (Herts Scouts) @ Secret location (Starting at Phasels Wood)
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm
Peak Assault is Hertfordshire Scouts’ most challenging competition organised for members of the Scout Association aged 14 and over and is now in its 43rd year. The competitors must use their orienteering skills, physical ability[...]
Oct
31
Wed
2018
5:30 pm Halloween Party for Beaver Scout... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Halloween Party for Beaver Scout... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a spooky evening of fun Halloween-themed activities. Parents are asked to accompany children (1:4), with leaders supporting the activities. Halloween Party Leader letter Halloween Party YP letter Deadline for young people to[...]
Nov
5
Mon
2018
6:00 pm Family Firework Spectacular @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Family Firework Spectacular @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
An opportunity to have a great night watching some spectacular fireworks and raise money for your group at the same time. The school kindly donate back a percentage of any ticket sales to the group[...]
Nov
16
Fri
2018
7:30 pm Green Beret @ Tolmers Scout Camp
Green Beret @ Tolmers Scout Camp
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 11:30 am
 
Nov
25
Sun
2018
1:00 pm Cub Scientist Activity Badge Day @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
Cub Scientist Activity Badge Day @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
An exciting afternoon of science-themed activities and interactive sessions. Cub Scouts who attend will receive their Scientist activity badge. Cubs will go round in groups of ten, accompanied by an adult. We would ask groups[...]
Dec
16
Sun
2018
all-day Christmas Pantomime for Beavers ... @ Kings Langley Community Centre
Christmas Pantomime for Beavers ... @ Kings Langley Community Centre
Dec 16 all-day
Join us for a fun and interactive Christmas-themed “Beauty and the Beast” pantomime, delivered by a travelling theatre company. Separate sessions for Beavers and Cubs – leaders are asked to offer to stay to supervise,[...]
Jan
3
Thu
2019
7:45 pm All Sections Leader Meeting @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
All Sections Leader Meeting @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
Jan 3 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
A chance to network with other leaders, find out about and have your say on future events and pick up tips and ideas to help run your section.