Scouts

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

 

 

TWO WATERS ACTIVITY CENTRE PRESENTS

Two Waters Air Rifle Competition

Two Waters Activity Centre invite you to submit a team of Scouts from your Scout Group to take part in our first competition. It will be held in the Range at the rear of Apsley Scout Hut on 16th October 2016. Start time 12 midday.

Teams are to consist of 3 youngsters. There will be an additional individual category for any Group unable to submit a Team.

Youngsters are welcome to enter both categories.

An Adult responsible for your team must be present on site during the competition.

Cost: A nominal charge to cover pellets & targets of £3 per entry, payable on the day.

Please book your places by 12th October and return the completed Entry Form by email to the address below.

For further information and to book email twa1stapsleyscouts@gmail.com

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

Please find attached a flyer for the kayaking course for Scouts (aged 10+), taking place on 10th April at the Two Waters Activity Centre (Durrants Hill Road, Apsley).

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Paddle Sport Activity Courses this year for Scouts to work towards the Staged Paddle Sports Activity Badge and the Water Staged Activity Badge.

  • Beginners’ course is aimed for those who have not attended any previous TWA courses.
  • Returners course for those who attended the 2015 Beginners course.
  • Intermediate course for those who have completed the Level 2 Paddles Sports stage in 2015 or similar
    experience.

Bookings: Bookings close 11.59pm two Sunday’s prior to the course starting and can be made online for £10 (maximum 6 spaces per course):

www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/paddle-sports

Please find attached the Spring 2016 Explorer Scout programme.

We are now publishing the programme from half-term to half-term (this one runs to May 2016) to enable Scouts moving up after Easter to know what’s on the programme for their first few weeks.

Linking from Scouts to Explorer Scouts

Following the meeting with GSLs and SLs, I’m pleased to say that all but one troop has provided details of Scouts aged 13+ to Maureen – THANK YOU!

If you would like to join the parents meeting next Tuesday, it might be helpful and you’d be very welcome… 8pm at Boxmoor Scout HQ (Woodland Close, Boxmoor).

Russ

Our Spring 2016 Explorer Scout programme is now out – this runs to May 2016, enabling Scouts moving up after Easter to know what’s on the programme for their first few weeks.

Explorer-Scout-Programme-Spring-2016-public

Hi [wpmlfield name=”first-name”],

This terms meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd February at Warners End Scout HQ. Due to the topics being discussed, this is also open to Group Chairs (as usual) plus Scout Leaders and Explorer Scout Leaders.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

  • Group updates (each group)
  • Brief district update (Russ)
  • Adult recruitment initiative (Simon Fancourt)
  • Process for linking Scouts into Explorer Scouts (Maureen/Russ)
    • Current process
    • Any possible improvements
    • Working together to make the process work more smoothly
  • Young Leader’s scheme
    • Brief overview of the modules and missions (Sandra Harding)
    • Support for Young Leaders and section leaders (Kerry Sayers)
    • Idea for rotating Young Leaders (Jason Farmer)

Please ensure your Scout Group (GSL/assistant/chair) and Troop (Scout leader/assistant) are represented for these important discussions.

Young Leaders account for almost 50% of our adult leadership – so it’s vitally important we retain Scouts into Explorers, then encouraging and supporting those who want to be Young Leaders.

See you on the 3rd February if not before.

Cheers

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

Upcoming Events

Dec
17
Sun
2017
all-day Cub Scout Christmas Party @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
Cub Scout Christmas Party @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
Dec 17 all-day
Leader Letter – Cubs YP Letter – Cubs Leader Letter – Beavers YP Letter – Beavers