1st Apsley

News

  • 1st Hemel Hempstead Scouts have been ringing the bells for Christmas at St Mary’s Church in the Old Town!
  • 1st Apsley Cubs enjoyed a busy time at their Winter Camp at Well End Activity Centre
  • Last Friday 176 Cubs from across the District celebrated 100 years of Cub Scouts by renewing their promise all together on ice at a Christmas ice rink!

Forthcoming Events

The District Diary is currently being updated ready for all the exciting events and activities taking place in 2017 – keep an eye on the District web page to find out more!

Thanks to everyone for all your support throughout 2016, it’s been a fantastic year.

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas, and Happy New Year too.

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

 

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

 

Summer term (yes, really, it IS summer!) is speeding by, and all groups in the District are enjoying a wide variety of activities!

News

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

Forthcoming dates

Don’t forget the Go-Karting activity is available this half-term on Wednesday evenings – letters attached (for sections who want to make a block booking, and also for young people to go independently).

 

Happy Scouting!

Russ

 

 

Here we are at the start of another half term of exciting scouting – don’t forget to keep us all up-to-date with your news and photos ….

News

  • 1st Apsley Kingfisher scouts had a fun evening of raft building, although I’m not sure they stayed afloat for long!
  • 1st Kings Langley enjoyed a busy Group camp at Well End – and someone even found time to relax!
  • Bookings for the ‘Come To Tolmers’ camp next month are now closed – four leaders will be taking 46 of our scouts/explorers from across the District – I’m sure they’re going to have a fantastic time!

Chief Scout Award badges –

In response to feedback, the badges and certificates for the Chief Scout Awards, have been redesigned, with the current items remaining valid until stocks are rundown. Young people selected a design that stands out, reflecting the high level of achievement of this award. County have put together some ideas to help young people achieve their Chief Scout Awards. To view the new badge and read their blog, click here.

Forthcoming dates

Cheers!

Russ

 

I hope you had an enjoyable Easter weekend – and remembered to change your clocks to British Summer time!

News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the last update –

Gift Aid Update

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration wording has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!

Russ

News

The District has seen a very busy start to 2016 across all sections!

Check out the Hemel Hempstead District Scouts facebook page to see more!

International News

  • Please find attached this month’s “International Matters” newsletter from Hertfordshire Scouts.
  • Kandersteg 2017 – we have an amazing number of young people and adults registered to take part in our District Expedition to Kandersteg International Scout Centre next year.

Forthcoming dates:

Thanks, as always, for all that you do for Scouting.

Russ

 

 

 

 

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.

In May, June and July 2014, all Scouts (10-14 year olds) had the chance to participate in a district rifle shooting competition during a normal troop evening. We arranged for each troop to spend one evening (more for larger troops) using the range at Phasels Wood and kept track of the scores to announce the winning troop (with scores averaged) as well as top three 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year olds.

In total 228 Scouts from all 13 troops took part.

Click here to download the results of the 2014 Rifle Shooting Competition.

Thanks to Jason, Sarah, Georgia, Chris and Vince for running the sessions over the last 3 months!

The results can alos be seen at: www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/rifle-shooting/

Click here to download the results of this year’s Nimrod Challenge.

Thank you to Katie-Anne, Jason and Kieran for their efforts organising the event and to the Explorer Scouts who helped man the bases.