Explorer Scouts

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

 

 

Another busy half-term lies ahead … it’s beginning to feel a lot like Winter!

News

  • 1st Kings Langley Cubs have been litter-picking to help keep their local community clean and tidy!
  • Well done to 1st Apsley Mallard Cubs who helped at the DENS Foodbank last week.
  • Hemel Hempstead Explorer Scouts were out in force on Friday and Saturday – 20+ each night helping at Hobbs Hill Wood school and Leverstock Green village firework displays.  Feedback from both organisers was brilliant – well done!

Forthcoming Events

  • 12th or 13th November – ‘Hovercraft’ session at Phasels Wood
  • 13th November – DEADLINE – Cub Astronomer Badge event
  • 17th November – Scouts/Explorers linking event
  • 18th-20th November – Green Beret
  • 22nd November – Young Leader training
  • 23rd November – Appointments Advisory Committee meeting
  • 23rd November – Kandersteg 2017 Leader Meeting – 8pm at Hobbs Hill Wood School
  • 26th November – DEADLINE – Cub Promise Outing event

Enjoy your scouting!

Russ

 

It has been decided to slightly change the way YL training sessions are completed in order to assist in the running of the modules. This means that we will be dividing the session into 2 sections.

The first will be to complete one set of 2/3 modules, and the second will be for the YLs who have not completed either module A or E.

As result there will be 2 session times being run, either 7.30pm – 9.15pm, or 7.30pm – 10pm.

Details for the session are as follows –

Date: Tuesday 22nd November
Venue: Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, Peascroft Road
Time: 7.30pm – 9.15/10.00pm
Bring: YL booklet (if YLs have not previously attended, they will be given a copy of the booklet) and a drink.

If you have any Young Leaders in your section, please ensure they are aware of this event and if they’re new to being a Young Leader, that they’re registered with me.

Thanks!

Sandra

Upcoming Events

Jul
4
Wed
2018
6:30 pm Jamboree 2019 Launch & 4th July ... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Jamboree 2019 Launch & 4th July ... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Jamboree launch – Beavers & Cubs  Jamboree launch – Leaders Jamboree launch – Scouts & Explorers
Jul
6
Fri
2018
7:00 pm Gilwell 24 @ Gilwell Park
Gilwell 24 @ Gilwell Park
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm
The core Gilwell 24 event is a 24 hour long day of activity and challenge running from 09:00 on Saturday straight through until 09:00 Sunday. In addition we will be hosting the warm up pre-event[...]
Jul
11
Wed
2018
6:00 pm 1st Apsley Scout Group AGM @ Phasels Wood
1st Apsley Scout Group AGM @ Phasels Wood
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm
AGM is planned for Wednesday 4th July, at Phasels Wood, camp fire circle. The event starts at 6pm and will also include a sausage sizzle, some award presentations & campfire songs.
Jul
21
Sat
2018
9:00 am Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
 
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.