We’re now 7 weeks away from our “bring-a-friend” Promise Renewal event on 23rd April, so we now need to think about manning each of the activities.

Staff from Phasels Wood will man some of the activities (those which require special training authorisation).

As parents have been asked to supervise their children, we need any leaders who are available that evening to support the event by helping run activities to ensure everything is open.

The time-slots and tasks which need help are as follows:

  • 3.00pm – 5.00pm – setting up the activities & check-in desk
  • 4.30pm – 7.00pm – marshalling the car park
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm – distribution of wristbands/check-in
  • 5.00pm – 6.30pm – Beaver & Cub activities
  • 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Scout & Explorer Activities

Jane Harding has agreed to co-ordinate the rota for the evening – please email her if you’re available:

Activity instructions and final details will be sent out a week or so before the event.




The next Scout/Explorer linking event will be on Tuesday 26th March.  The activity will be Bungee Trampolining and Pedal Carts – details on the attached flyer.

Please could you email (by 28th February) to advise the names and contact details of scouts from your Troop who should be invited (those who are due to move up to Explorers after Easter).

Also, if you or any of your other scout leaders would like to come along, you’d be more than welcome.

Russ, Maureen & Frank


Please find details attached for this year’s Promise Renewal event – to be held at Phasels Wood on Tuesday 23rd April following last year’s very successful format.

For this year’s event, we will be trialling online payments direct from parents – this will save a huge amount of time by you and the event admin team, writing out parent’s details and filling in forms!

Please prepare to distribute these forms the first week back after half term and put a note in your diary to be there too. Parents will be asked to accompany young people around the activities but we still need around 50 adults to make the event happen – Jane Harding has agreed to co-ordinate the rota and we’ll send details of how to sign up for to help during half term.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.



Leaders advanced notice

Arrangements are now in place for this season’s sailing at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth on Thursday evenings between 25th April and 18th July 2019.

Provision has been made for Groups to have an exclusive evening, individuals to have a ‘taster session’, Explorers Cubs and Scouts to gain Staged Activity Badges and experienced sailors to have open practice.

The cost per person per session will be £12 including minibus transport from Hemel Hempstead.

Full details are available on the attached document. A further notice will be posted when on-line bookings ‘go live’.

Any queries please contact me directly.




Please find details below and attached for the Swimming Gala. We will assume your Pack/Troop is participating unless you contact Keith to say otherwise.

Hemel Hempstead Sportspace Leisure Centre on

Saturday 2nd  February 2019

Cubs – 6.45 p.m. for a 7.15 p.m. start time

Scouts – 7.15 pm for an 8.00 p.m.’ish’ start.

on behalf of Keith & Andy


Scout/Explorer Leaders – please distribute to the members of your sections.

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

From Baden Powell’s initial ideals and Chief Scout Bear Gryll’s TV popularity, invitation to be part of this ever popular group. The course is constantly evolving, adding in new skills, new equipment, it just gets better and better.

  • 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 as this is provided.
  • Allows you to try out something you have never done before and be more self sufficient.
  • 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
  • Opportunity for Scouts and Explorer Scouts to gain their Survival badge

Dates for 2019 are in the attached flyer.

If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2018 you will need to register or re-register (if existing member):

  1. Register your interest on-line only by emailing to
  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

John & the bushcraft team

Bushcraft flyer 2019


The next Scout/Explorer linking event will be on Wednesday 14th November.  The activity will be ‘Bet’s On’ – details on the attached flyer.  Please could you email (by 31st October) to advise the names and contact details of scouts from your Troop who should be invited.

Also, if you or any of your other scout leaders would like to come along, you’d be more than welcome.

Russ, Maureen & Frank

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 weblink 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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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 ( as soon as possible – ideally by Wednesday (4th July) evening.



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.