7th Hemel Hempstead

Where is this year going?! – I can’t believe we’re heading towards the end of February already!  Apologies for the absence of newletters during the first half term – but now for a catch up!

News

2017 has already seen quite a variety of exciting activities –

Don’t forget to keep sending news and photos for us to share with everyone!

Forthcoming Events

  • 24th February – Archery permit course
  • 25th February – Pinewood Derby
  • 9th March – Young Leader training
  • 17th March – Kandersteg Training Camp
  • 20th April – All Sections Leader Meeting

Keep an eye on the District website for Diary updates!

 

Cheers

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

 

There’s been an incredible number of activities and events over the last couple of weeks, and still lots more to look forward to!

News

  • 7th Hemel Hempstead made the most of two days off school, having fun at Phasels and Little Hay
  • 1st Hemel Hempstead took to air and water for bell-boating and gliding
  • Explorers spent a night under the stars at Coombe Hill to watch the sunrise
  • Cubs from across the District spent the weekend at Tolmers at the County Cub 100 celebrations
  • Congratulations to 1st Kings Langley scouts for winning this year’s Nimrod competition – and a huge thank you to the leaders and Explorers who organised the event – results table attached.

Forthcoming dates

Yours in 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.

84 Scouts, 2 veterans, serving troops, leaders, ambassadors and an MP… armed with shoe boxes and heaps of goodies, and a gift from a new supermarket.

8th November was all about packing boxes for our brave troops in Afghanistan. In less than 20 minutes our fantastic team cleared this room and packed 306 shoeboxes which were then transported to Mike Penning’s office to be sealed and sent directly to the troops in time for Christmas.

We would like to thank Aldi who provided a whole pile of goodies even before they open their new store, all our visitors, leaders and young people for the most fantastic team effort, WELL DONE!

Mark Mitchell, CEO of Community Action Dacorum and Local Ambassador for Hemel Hempstead District Scouts said: “Thanks for inviting me to be part of last night. It was super to see 100+ scouts and leaders getting so involved and with such enthusiasm”

Hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders, families and friends from across Hemel Hempstead District wended their way to Phasels Wood on 13th October to find themselves face to face with a Bear!

With a promise of traffic chaos many of our young people hiked to the event from points across the west side of Hemel, with an army of leaders and parents to escort them. As always, everything was organised so well that there was no queue to be seen on the A41 after all.

The GR8 BIG B@SH was the biggest party the campsite has seen since Sunrise back in 2007 when several thousand members camped overnight and renewed their promise to commemorate 100 years of Scouting.

This time the celebration was due to Hertfordshire Scouts having recently announced that membership of Scouting in the county is now at its highest ever, with 16463 members across all ages.

The party was also part of ‘Bear in the Air’. Bear Grylls, our Chief Scout, has taken to the skies recently to visit as many major Scouting events as possible, and even the cold, wet weather didn’t keep him away. With his helicopter grounded due to low cloud, he arrived by car to a crowd of 3,500 and a carnival atmosphere.

With just a few words on stage to thank the young people and adult volunteers, Bear’s message that we need more helpers to fulfil the Scouting programme was loud and clear. Then he waded his way through the crowds of young people to see first hand some of the fantastic activities that are available at our local Scout site.

The cloud lifted, the helicopter arrived and whisked Bear off to his next adventure; but not before he had signed scarves, ‘high fived’ hundreds and been snapped thousands of times! Our Explorers from HHEX escorted their hero throughout and were feeling very pleased with themselves after he had gone.

Over 400 members of Scouting in Hemel Hempstead, their leaders and parents descended on Phasels Wood for our end-of-year cooking and campfire event.

Youngsters had the chance to cook sausages in foil, make popcorn on stoves, bake pizzas on embers, fry apples in batter, toast marshmallows and cook dough twists.

The evening ended with a campfire – with 1,000 voices joining in… check out the video on our Facebook page.

This weekend over 90 Scouts took part in the annual Nimrod Challenge – a test of teamwork and navigation as teams worked their way through 6 activity bases dotted around the countryside surrounding Phasels Wood.

Congratulations to 1st Kings Langley who took home the winners trophy and also achieved highest placed training team.

Nimrod 2013 Results

Thanks to the Explorer Scouts for organising this activity, with support from Frank (Explorer Leader) and members of the Scout Network and district Scout Active Support Unit for driving minibuses.