Scout Network

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

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

Want to learn to be the next Bear Grylls?

Attached is a flyer for our ever-popular Bushcraft activity for 2016 for anyone aged 11+ (leaders, helpers and parents).

Every year this activity gets fully subscribed by mid-December so interest needs to be registered by email to hemelbushcraft@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

Leaders – if you want paper copies to give out, please ask.

For someone to come and speak to your Scouts/Explorers/Network about what Bushcraft is, let us know ASAP as we’ll see what can be done.

Thanks

Russ

Here’s the Scout Network’s programme for Summer/Autumn 2015:

Scout Network programme – Summer/Autumn 2015

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.

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

 

I am pleased to announce that Robin Smith has agreed to take on the role of District Scout Network Leader. Robin will be tasked with co-ordinating a programme for 18-25 year olds.

Network Proramme (Winter13-Spring14)

The aim of the Scout Network programme is to help 18-25 year olds:

  • Enjoy themselves!
  • Learn/develop Scouting skills
  • Achieve the Queen’s Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Participate in and contribute to District activities
  • Be part of the community through various projects

Robin has been involved in the Explorer Scout section for a number of years and hopefully this will help young adults make the transition from one section to the next. As with all new district appointments (mine included) this will be reviewed in 12 months time.

Robin can be contacted by email: network@hemel-scouts.co.uk or by phone: 07844 432640.

I would like to thank Geoff Angell for the work he undertook previously in this role and am pleased to say that he has agreed to continue to support the section by taking on the role as District Scout Network Administrator.

Please give Robin and Geoff your support as they look to further develop our Scout Network.

Happy Scouting!

Russ

Module 1 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The two hour session flew by and was filled with opportunities to experience some Bushcraft essentials.

9 adults and 26 young people learned about different ways to start a fire and how to take care of our firelighting equipment; safe and effective ways to use a Bushcraft knife; what all the different items in a kitbag can be used for; and how to prepare and cook a gamebird.

The leaders were knowledgeable in their subjects and kept the evening fun, informative and fast-moving. I will be taking back to my own scout troop some of the things I learned tonight.

Nigel – 1st Leverstock Green.

Today, 50 Scouts from 10 Groups competed in the 21st HHDS Pinewood Derby.

Over the last few weeks, they had all built and decorated their own cars from a kit – each entrant starts with a block of wood, 4 wheels, 4 nails and 4 axles. From this starting point they design their car keeping within a set of rules. This was the day when their cars were put through their paces.

The cars were raced in 2 groups, on a double elimination method (each car has to lose to 2 others to go out), with the fastest cars going through to a Grand Final.

Prizes of vouchers and goodies were donated by Cotswold Outdoors, and were awarded to the best three decorated cars and the fastest three cars.

Well done to John Larkin and his team of helpers for organising another hugely successful event, and thank you to Cotswold for their generosity in donating the prizes.