Explorer Scouts

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

News

  • Well done to everyone who took part in the first Two Waters Activity Centre Shooting competition – congratulations to the winners, 1st Apsley A team!
  • Well done also to the HHEX teams that took part in a very challenging Peak Assault competition.
  • 7th Hemel Scouts held their biggest investiture evening so far, with 18 new Scouts making their promise!
  • 1st Kings Langley Pathfinder scouts had a visit from Dacorum Fencing Club.
  • 1st Hemel Hempstead Scouts spent an enlightening evening with Paralympic sports star Jessica Stretton.

Forthcoming events

Cheers

Russ

 

Thanks to everyone in Hemel Hempstead District Scouts who took part or helped with the County Cub Night Hike last weekend – well done, another excellent activity!

News

  • 1st Hemel Hempstead had an enjoyable time on their first visit to Water Activities at 1st Apsley Two Waters.
  • Another successful Power Boat Day at BLYM, thanks to Pete West and the Power Boat team.
  • Explorers had a fun weekend camping in the New Forest.

Take a look at the District facebook page for more – and keep sending your news/photos so we all know what you’ve been doing.

Forthcoming events

 

Yours in Scouting

Russ

Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Sun
2018
10:00 am County Cooking Competition (Scou... @ Stevenage
County Cooking Competition (Scou... @ Stevenage
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
http://www.hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/scouts/scout-events/cooking-competition/
Feb
26
Mon
2018
7:30 pm Bushcraft (Module 6) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Bushcraft (Module 6) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the night – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.
Mar
3
Sat
2018
all-day Chiltern Challenge (older Scouts... @ Phasels Wood
Chiltern Challenge (older Scouts... @ Phasels Wood
Mar 3 – Mar 4 all-day
https://www.hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/upcoming-events/dates/chiltern-challenge/http://www.hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/explorer-scouts/chiltern-challenge/
Mar
5
Mon
2018
7:30 pm Bushcraft (Leatherwork session –... @ Warners End Scout HQ
Bushcraft (Leatherwork session –... @ Warners End Scout HQ
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the night – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.
Mar
9
Fri
2018
7:00 pm NSRA Air Rifle Shooting Tutor’s ... @ Gilwell Park
NSRA Air Rifle Shooting Tutor’s ... @ Gilwell Park
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm
This two day course covers the law, range requirements, personal skills, maintenance and developmental techniques for leading air rifle sessions. Participants will leave with a Youth Proficiency Scheme qualification from the National Small-bore Rifle Association. How[...]
Mar
10
Sat
2018
10:00 am Bushcraft Practical Day @ TBC
Bushcraft Practical Day @ TBC
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the night – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.
Mar
18
Sun
2018
9:15 am Powerboat Course for Scouts @ Bury Lake Young Mariners (BLYM)
Powerboat Course for Scouts @ Bury Lake Young Mariners (BLYM)
Mar 18 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Power Coxswain Badge Day flyer for YP
Mar
19
Mon
2018
7:30 pm Bushcraft (Leatherwork session –... @ Warners End Scout HQ
Bushcraft (Leatherwork session –... @ Warners End Scout HQ
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full details will be sent by email to those registered. There are NO places available on the night – this is for pre-regisered attendees only.