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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!

Please find attached the Explorer Scout programme for Spring 2014 (including the first month of the Summer term).

If you wish to join, please email desa@hemelexplorers.org.uk.

Explorer Scout Programme Spring 2014

Please find attached details of our winetasting evening on Saturday 22nd February for anyone over the age of 18 (leaders, parents and friends). Winetasting Evening Letter & Reply Form

It promises to be just as good as previous events, with any money raised on the evening going towards the World Scout Jamboree fundraising target.

Tickets are £12.50 each and can be reserved by cheque or purchasing online at www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/winetasting.

 

Family Quiz Night – Saturday 5th April 2014

Make a note in your diary for our family quiz night too – details will be available shortly!

Please find attached details for our bushcraft sessions in 2014.

This incredibly popular activity gets booked up fast, so get in quick to reserve your place.

Bushcraft flyer 2014

Russ Dyble - new district commissionerWe are delighted to be able to tell you that Russ Dyble has accepted our invitation to become your new District Commissioner with immediate effect.

Russ will bring a fresh, modern outlook to the District whilst maintaining the high standards that it has been used to. He is currently an Assistant Scout Leader and member of the District Executive and has a wealth of knowledge and experience through his Scouting roles in Hertfordshire and London. He was awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service in 2011.

We look forward to working with, and supporting, Russ and are sure that you do too.

Many thanks to all in the District, County and Region who were involved in the nomination and selection process.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Stuart for his strong leadership over the past five years.

Best wishes,

Rikki Harrington (County Commissioner for Hertfordshire Scouts)

Keith Gower (District Chairman, Hemel Hempstead District Scouts)

Having led Hemel Hempstead District through growth and development for five years, our current District Commissioner, Stuart Dickens, is stepping down from this role. We thank Stuart for his dedication to Scouting and support to the District. Hemel Hempstead District is now moving into its next phase of development and we are looking for a new District Commissioner, a volunteer manager who ensures all the Scout Groups are supported and developed to ensure young people get the best quality Scouting possible.

I have been asked by our County Commissioner, Rikki Harrington, to lead a small Search Group to identify and submit to him our recommendations for consideration. The Search Group consists of myself as Chair, George Sylvester, Jo Hirons, Maureen Shelley, Eloise Hepburn, Emily Ford and is supported by Oliver Arthur from The Scout Association’s Regional Development Service.

How can I help?

We know there are some amazing people within Hemel Hempstead and we want to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to nominate people they feel could undertake this role and make a difference.

Therefore I now invite you personally to contribute to the search by submitting a nomination (or nominations) of persons whom you feel should be considered for this important voluntary appointment. Please note that the information you provide on the nomination form is used to shortlist nominations, so please provide as much detail as possible. All details on the form, including the nominee will be kept completely confidential.

Who can I nominate?

Self nominations are actively encouraged and expected; let’s be honest, if you believe you can bring the right skills and expertise to the role and you are enthusiastic and motivated, then why not nominate yourself? If you don’t, you may miss this rewarding opportunity if you are not nominated by someone else.

To nominate others or yourself please complete the nomination form attached. It does not matter if the individual you want to nominate is new to Scouting; we also welcome nominations of and from external candidates. Scouting has a comprehensive training scheme, which can provide training and support for anyone new to Scouting. What is important is for them to bring the leadership and skills that will continue to help move Hemel Hempstead District forward.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Search Group and a shortlist will be drawn up for consideration by our County Commissioner.

How do I nominate?

Please complete the attached nomination form and forward it to me by the closing date of 21st December 2012.

Please send nominations, preferably by email to gowerkeith@hotmail.co.uk or by post to Keith Gower, Hillview, 4 Lower Road, Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 8RU

Thank you in anticipation for your support.

Keith Gower – Chairman, Hemel Hempstead District Scouts

DC Outline Role Dedcription Hemel Hempstead V2 (30.0 KiB)

DC Nomination Form Hemel Hempstead V2 (29.5 KiB)

Hemel Hempstead DC Search Poster Advert (256.4 KiB)

In a new partnership between School and Scouts, The Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead has joined with Hemel Scouts to preserve and upgrade the Activity Centre at Phasels Wood, Kings Langley.     On Saturday, Cavendish welcomed teams of Beaver Scouts, Cubs and Scouts to their Sports Hall, where they energetically played unihoc and bounced on a bouncy castle to raise funds for this new project.

Hertfordshire Scouts have recently purchased Phasels Wood, plus another centre at Tolmers near Cuffley, and are now working hard to raise funds to maintain and develop the centres up to 21st century standards.

As a result of the day’s sponsored activities, which included walks of different lengths for different ages from the centre, and was supported by neighbouring Scout Districts, well over £1000 was raised for the upgrade appeal, and money is still coming in.

Click here to see photos from the event.

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Beaver Scouts from Hemel Hempstead visited Paradise Wildlife Park on Saturday 24th September as part of the Hertfordshire Scouts Family Fun Day.

As well as visiting the animals, the Beaver Scouts also gained some challenge badges by finding out about the animals, their habitat and conservation by listening to talks and watching the animal displays throughout the day.

Adam a 6yr old Beaver Scout from 1st Apsley said “I liked the lions and the parrots were very funny in the show”.

The children went home having enjoyed the day and learned a lot.

The Hertfordshire County Scouts annual regatta took place on Sunday 18th September at Bury Lake Young Mariners base, in the aquadrome at Rickmansworth.

George Davy, a young leader at 1st apsley, took part and won the Explorer Scout class – in the morning race he managed to get around the course 6 times in 45 minutes, with not much wind!

George who was a Cub Scout and Scout before becoming an Explorer Scout at 14, started his sailing as part of the the  progressive award scheme which Scouting offers young people aged 6-25.

Welcome back to the new term!  Our first activity as a District in every autumn term is to meet and discuss the events for the following year but this year is slightly different.

One of the District roles is to enable groups and a way we can accomplish this is to facilitate activities that groups do not have the resources to put on individually.  I expect that there will be a mix of events and competitions on the lists.

One meeting, two topics

  1. At the last Leaders meeting we discussed the need to research your ideas over the summer break enabling the viable ones to be discussed as a section group with your ADC.  From that I am expecting the agreed and viable events to be put forward next Wednesday.
  2. Over the summer the Executive Committee has been working on the District Development Plan.   On Wednesday I want to run an exercise that gives you the opportunity to have your input to this Plan.

 

Don’t let others speak for you!

I know you will agree these are two very good reasons to attend the Leaders meeting.  Not attending gives away your opportunity to be heard and allows others to control next year’s activities and events for you.

Maybe this is something you are happy with, however, what about that event/activity that you know the young people in your section want to be involved in but as a group you don’t have the knowledge / experience / resources to put on for them.

If they have thought about it, it will have come up in other groups – come along, put it forward and let’s see if we can facilitate it for all young people in the District.

 

I look forward to seeing you and hearing your contributions at the Leaders meeting:

14th September 7:00pm @ Hobbs Hill Wood School.  Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

If you can’t make this, please try and make sure someone from your section comes along to put your views forward.

 

Stuart Dickens

District Commissioner

Hemel Hempstead District Scouts

www.hemel-scouts.co.uk