Booking will open 6.30pm 1st March 2019. Priority will be given to those who have not done this before.

Powerboating 24th March 2019

Power Coxswain Activity Badge

Bury Lake Rickmansworth 9.15 for prompt 9.30 start – 16.00 Cost £15

Power boating uses exciting, awesome power machines that require skill and knowledge to master, but give the opportunity for anyone to try. Different types of power boat include wet bikes, rigid inflatables (RIBs) and power cruisers. Power boats can also be used as work boats or rescue boats, but all of them, from the solid, dependable diesel open boats to rubber dinghies with outboards, require skill and knowledge and can be great fun.

Scout Power Coxswain Activity Badge

  1. Choose and identify the boat you will use.
  2. Choose the waters you will visit.
  3. Identify the features and hazards of this water.
  4. Learn what the rules are for boating on the water you’re using.
  5. Wear the proper clothing and make sure you have the correct equipment for your craft.

Complete the following steps under proper supervision:

6. Locate the engine and know how to start and stop it safely.
7. Take part in a man overboard drill.
8. Launch and recover your craft (if that’s possible) and come alongside. Moor and berth your craft.
9. Control the speed and direction of your craft to steer around a course or on a journey.

Young people will be appropriately supervised by an activity permit holder or a qualified external instructor. The activity will follow the activity rules in the Policy and Organisation Rules. Find out more at www.scouts.org.uk/a-z

Booking is via the Hemel District Website http://www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/powerboating/

All information will be sent via email once booking is made.

Following a request that we organise some training for adults to help support young people with additional needs (including but not limited to Autism and ADHD etc), the district has agreed and funded a 6 hour course, to be held on 16th March at Phasels Wood.

The topics to be covered are:

  • key areas of difference that need to be taken into account
  • awareness of the sensory and communication difficulties that people with autism may experience
  • greater insight into how people on the autism spectrum see the world.
  • how autism presents itself in individuals
  • how to best support someone on the autism spectrum
  • practical strategies for overcoming areas of difficulty

The training is being run by a professional from the external organisation “Ambitious about Autism” who have been established for 20+ years and who work across the UK , dedicated to improving opportunities for young people on the Autistic Spectrum, including those with autism or Asperger syndrome.

Booking is now available online and will be on a first-come-first-served basis for a maximum of 24 attendees.


Please register early to allow us to plan the day effectively.



It is with great sadness that I write to advise you that Peggy West has “Gone Home”. Peggy passed away at Watford Hospital on 12th December 2018 after a long illness just a few days before her 91st birthday.

Peggy was Cub Scout Leader at 4th Boxmoor for almost three decades until 1990 and continued to support the Scout Group ever since.

She was awarded the “Medal of Merit” for good service in 1980 and “Bar to the Medal of Merit” in 1988 in recognition of her dedication to Scouting at Group and District level. 

In April 1996, Peggy was invited to become a District Vice President and her long service was recognised with the presentation of her 50 year service certificate in 2015.

Details of Peggy’s funeral will be shared, with the family’s permission, in due course.

Shooting Activity Courses  Master at Arms Badge

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Scout & Cub a shooting course. Courses will work towards the Master at Arms activity badge for the Scouts. The course will be held in the range at 1st Apsley Scout Hut.

Courses will have a maximum of 12. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start.

Dates 2nd June -7th July  3.00pm-4.30pm

Price: £25

Closing Date 1st June

Booking via Two Waters web site httpshttps://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/

Archery Activity Courses  Master at Arms Badge

Two Waters Activities Centre is offering Scout & Cub an Archery course that will work towards the Master at Arms activity badge for the Scouts. The course will be held in the range at 1st Apsley Scout Hut.

Courses will have a maximum of 12. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start.

Dates 3rd June -8th July  1.30pm- 3pm

Archery competition 14th July 1.30-3pm

Price: £25

Closing Date 2nd June

Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/



CUB FUN SESSION ON THE LAKE Dates 9th June and 7th July  10-11.30 and 12.30-1pm

For Cubs to come down to the lake to try out kayaking & canoeing, a fun session to introduce you to the water & play some games.

Price: £8

Closing Date 8th June and 6th July

Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/


PADDLESPORTS COURSES FOR SCOUTS EXPLORERS AND LEADERS ALSO AVAILABLE STARTING 4th JUNE Booking via Two Waters web site https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/booking/




Hemel Hempstead Scouts Sailing Day Saturday 14th July 2018

A day dinghy sailing at the ESSA Water Activities Centre, Nazeing, Essex (https://essa.org.uk/).

The day will be focussed on improving sailing skills and an introduction to racing. It will be open to any Cub, Scout or Explorer who has completed their Stage 1 or 2 Sailing activity badge or Stage 1 or 2 RYA youth sailing award.

Minibus transport will be provided and that is included in the total cost. We will leave Hemel Hempstead at 9am and aim to return for 5pm.

Drinks and snacks will be provided as there is no shop on the site. Participants will need to bring their own packed lunch.

We will be using ESSA’s boats and all safety equipment. Please note that their rules state that young people at the centre are required to wear helmets when dinghy sailing. Participants will need their own personal clothing and waterproofs.

ESSA charge £21 per young person per day. The total cost will therefore be £27.50.

Bookings will be via the Hemel Hempstead Scout website in the usual way for our sailing activities . Once a booking and payment has been made full details and permission forms will be sent out which must be returned before the booking is confirmed.

Two Waters Activity Centre would like to announce Our new Website, Courses in Kayak, sessions in Archery and Air Rifle for Scouts and some Fun Sessions on the Water for Cubs.

To view what is on offer go to the Home page and click on the bookings link to view details of each activity.

Two Waters new Website https://twowatersactivities.org.uk/

Please look at the site for all Course Dates and further information.

Any questions please email twa1stapsleyscouts@gmail.com

Following our district’s successful trip to Lochearnhead Scout Station 2014, we plan to return again in 2020. 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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Since 2013, the number of Explorer Scouts has grown from 80 to 150 – with a prediction we’ll get close to 200 by next Spring!

As a result, we’re looking to open at least one new Explorer Scout Unit in the district between now and next Spring.

If you’re interested in getting involved setting up a new unit (or know someone who might be), please email or call me to discuss it the idea – 07790 296378.


Sent to all leaders/assistants etc in Hemel Hempstead district.

Unfortunately I have taken the decision to cancel this event, scheduled for 23rd April.

After many hours trying to pull this event together with the help of an external company and Guinness World Records by Andy and myself (and involved with previous years), continued criticism of efforts to modernise our Promise event over the last few years from a small minority have taken their toll.

I have decided that our time and effort would be much better spent supporting our day-to-day activities than focusing on one event, which has been the subject of much discussion over the last few years.

Last year, over 600 members of the district renewed their Promise together at The XC – a huge increase on any year in the last decade but it’s still only 50% of our total membership – whatever the event, on whatever day, some people won’t be able to make it.

As renewing the Promise is the end-goal (the event is just a means to an end), I am encouraging sections/groups to hold their own Promise Renewals locally between Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th April. By all means, sections/groups can meet up together if you wish!

Programme ideas relating to the Promise and St. George’s Day will be circulated in the next week or so for leaders to consider building into your programmes that week.

Please let the youth members in your section know and return any money already collected to them.

For those of you who were looking forward to the event, I’m sorry if this is a disappointment but I hope you’ll understand the demotivating effect of continued criticism!

Onwards and upwards though – I’ve got some FANTASTIC Scouting news to share with you all TOMORROW!


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Just a reminder about the next joint Group Reps and District Team meeting, which will take place next Wednesday evening (8.00pm – 9.30pm) at 1st Warner’s End HQ, Gravel Lane. Amongst general updates, the main agenda item will be an update and discussion on the new national programme so you are briefed before communication comes from HQ next weekend.


  1. New national programme due to be launched by HQ at the end of the month (Russ)
    1. Overview presentation
    2. Discussion about how we manage this change locally
    3. Arrangements for the programme support workshop on 28th March
  2. Group updates – including space for new members (Group Reps)
  3. Promise Renewal event (Andy Glass)
  4. Future events (Russ/others)
  5. Any other business/news

See you there.