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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Please find details below and attached for the Swimming Gala

Hemel Hempstead Sportspace Leisure Centre on

Saturday 3rd  February 2018

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.

Andy

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Feb
19
Mon
2018
7:30 pm Bushcraft (Module 3) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Bushcraft (Module 3) @ Warners End Scout HQ
Feb 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.
Feb
21
Wed
2018
7:30 pm Hillwalking & Climbing Permit In... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Hillwalking & Climbing Permit In... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
This evening is an opportunity for adults who wish to obtain a hillwalking or climbing permit to: hear more about the process ask questions meet others wanting to do the same plan a series of[...]
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.