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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Date set is Sat 24th Feb at the 1st HH scout HQ in Queensway. We have to limit the number of kits to 120 and last year they all were taken. Orders have to go in before Xmas as I get them from USA and I only place the one order to keep carriage costs down. So please ask your scouts if they would like to take part and only order the number of kits that you definitely would take.

We will be racing on the 40 foot 4 lane metal track, league racing with everyone in at least 4 races. We will be using the USA kits at a cost of £5 (wood, wheels, axles) from which you make a car or vehicle of some sort and then they are raced on a special track to see which car goes the fastest. Cars are raced in groups, the fastest cars from each group race in a final.

There are prizes for the best made cars, split into age groups, and for the overall fastest and runner up. Spectators are welcome on the day. The event usually ends around lunchtime.


The wheels are really easy to fit, so it just comes down to the bodywork cutting, shaping and additions plus paint work is what is required. Scouts can get help to shape the block but the design and finishing (paintwork) must be entirely the scouts own work.


Troops are encouraged to take part and to adopt an evening in their programme when they can invite dads to come along with a few tools and help to shape the blocks (could be a way of getting parents more involved).


No cars from last year can be entered, they all must be new.


Enclose are some ideas of what to make.


Please ask your scouts as soon as possible who would be interested and email me by Sat 16th Dec 2017 latest with the number you would like. Please honour your commitment and plan into your program to discuss ideas with them. A full set of rules will accompany the kits which will be available very early in January.

Any assistance with prizes will be most welcome.

Preferred payment is cash, it can be collected in the New Year and cash/cheques can be given in exchange for the kits before end on Jan, each troop collect funds in hand, receipts can be given if required.

Can you please respond to this by Sat 16th Dec 2017 by emailing John on jlarks@btinternet.com, I will confirm that I have received it.



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.


Last weekend, Young Leaders from 1st Kings Langley organised and ran a weekend’s mini-camp in Rickmansworth as part of their Young Leader “missions”. They did a fantastic job and the Scouts really enjoyed themselves!