Please note: Everyone interested must register their interest including those on the current course.

Following Baden Powell’s ideals and Bear Grylls, be part of this popular group now in it’s 10th year who wish to:

  • Participate in the practical side of woodcraft and backwoods skills, camping without a tent.
  • Work in own age groups; scouts, explorers, adults & leaders.

Parents may join in too as long as they are DBS/CRB cleared by their Group
It is fundamentally:

  • Designed for anyone from ‘Scouts (must be over 11) to Adults’ in the District.
  • Fun for all, no previous bushcraft experience required.
  • You need to have camped under canvas previously (with your own scout group).
  • Not requiring specialised equipment to take part.
  • Allows you to try out something you have never done before.

Some of the many skills you may wish to try out:

  • Make a shelter from ‘tarp’ or natural materials and sleep in it.
  • Using a Knife, Axe and Saw in the Bushcraft way.
  • All you need to know about fires and starting them without a match.
  • Identifying and collecting wild foods.
  • Preparing and cooking animals and fish.
  • Making gadgets from natural materials.
  • How to collect and make safe drinking water.
  • Using and sleeping in a hammock

Dates for 2017 are in the attached flyer.

If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2017 you will need to register or re-register (if existing member):

  1. Register your interest on-line only by emailing to
  2. Give your name (those taking part), date of birth (if under 18), scout group, address, contact Tel Nos.
  3. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar and register on-line to

John & the bushcraft team


  • Twenty-two of the older scouts from around the District attended a linking event with Explorers last week – great fun was had by all, cooking and eating pancakes, followed by a boisterous game of Dodge Ball!
  • Well done to all scouts who took part in the Green Beret competition last weekend in some challenging weather conditions!  Also, a big thank you to the team of Explorers who helped run the bases.
  • Flights have been booked for the District Expedition to Kandersteg 2017, very exciting!  The leader team will meet this week to start detailed planning.

Forthcoming events

Yours in Scouting,




Another busy half-term lies ahead … it’s beginning to feel a lot like Winter!


  • 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!



TO: Kandersteg 2017 leader team

CC: Group Scout Leaders, Scout Leaders, Explorer leader team

Hello and apologies it’s been a bit quiet on the Kandersteg front since the inital promotion.

As promised, there will be a leader’s meeting this month to talk through the basic structure of the camp, roles, build-up etc and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have at this stage and how everyone will be involved helping shape the trip going forward.

23rd November – 8pm @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school

In answer to some questions I’ve had from a few people already:

Travel to Kandersteg

  • We are expecting to fly – flight schedules for the dates we want have come out this weekend so we are now working out how this will work. It looks likely we will be split across a couple of flights, probably from Luton AND Stansted.
  • We have budgeted for three transit vans – these will have two drivers per vehicle (6 people have volunteered to drive on their forms).


  • Kandersteg control all activity/programme bookings and don’t allow bookings to be submitted until March 2017.
  • We will bring copies of the “Kander-Active” brochure to the meeting so you can see what is available to do and what we think can be included within the budget.
  • Young people and adults will have a degree of choice over the activities they take part in and the level of difficulty.


  • Saturday 18th March is pencilled for another MEGA quiz night – please put this in your diaires now!
  • The proceeds of this event may be required to off-set the increased costs due to the huge, unexpected, variation in the value of the £ since we drew up the budget.

Training Day/Pre-camp

  • Saturday 18th March is likely to be an all-day event, with the quiz night in the evening.
  • A date, team and programme for the pre-camp will be discussed at the meeting on 23rd November… please bring your diairies with you!

Who’s Coming?

  • Particiant list is attached (94 young people and 36 adults)

It has been decided to slightly change the way YL training sessions are completed in order to assist in the running of the modules. This means that we will be dividing the session into 2 sections.

The first will be to complete one set of 2/3 modules, and the second will be for the YLs who have not completed either module A or E.

As result there will be 2 session times being run, either 7.30pm – 9.15pm, or 7.30pm – 10pm.

Details for the session are as follows –

Date: Tuesday 22nd November
Venue: Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, Peascroft Road
Time: 7.30pm – 9.15/10.00pm
Bring: YL booklet (if YLs have not previously attended, they will be given a copy of the booklet) and a drink.

If you have any Young Leaders in your section, please ensure they are aware of this event and if they’re new to being a Young Leader, that they’re registered with me.




  • 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




Please find letters for Beaver Scouts and leaders attached for this event on Sunday 29th January 2017.


It’s beginning to feel very autumnal, and the slight chill in the air has me looking forward to the great seasonal activities this time of year brings!


  • 1st Bovingdon Cubs had a fun afternoon taking part in the County Cub Cyclocross Competition
  • 1st Hemel Hempstead scouts went under-water at Hemel Sportspace
  •  2nd Hemel Hempstead Scout group proudly took part in the Harvest festival service yesterday morning at the Church of Ressurection in Grovehill, and lots of food was donated for DENS

Forthcoming Events

Enjoy your scouting!




Please see a document attached from Hobbs Hill Wood school about the fundraising opporunity as part of their annual fireworks display.

As usual, the school will supply you or your Scout Group with a pack of tickets to sell to family and friends. You keep 50% from all the tickets you sell.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please email with your details or return the slip below to Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, Peascroft Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP3 8ER and we will send you a pack of tickets and promotional material.

Any questions please telephone 01442 401222.

Please find documents attached from Phil McLachlan relating to the Astronomer badge day.


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Upcoming Events

all-day Cub Scout Christmas Party @ Hobbs Hill Wood primary school
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