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.

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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

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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.



Two Waters Air Rifle Competition

Two Waters Activity Centre invite you to submit a team of Scouts from your Scout Group to take part in our first competition. It will be held in the Range at the rear of Apsley Scout Hut on 16th October 2016. Start time 12 midday.

Teams are to consist of 3 youngsters. There will be an additional individual category for any Group unable to submit a Team.

Youngsters are welcome to enter both categories.

An Adult responsible for your team must be present on site during the competition.

Cost: A nominal charge to cover pellets & targets of £3 per entry, payable on the day.

Please book your places by 12th October and return the completed Entry Form by email to the address below.

For further information and to book email

Thanks to everyone in Hemel Hempstead District Scouts who took part or helped with the County Cub Night Hike last weekend – well done, another excellent activity!


  • 1st Hemel Hempstead had an enjoyable time on their first visit to Water Activities at 1st Apsley Two Waters.
  • Another successful Power Boat Day at BLYM, thanks to Pete West and the Power Boat team.
  • Explorers had a fun weekend camping in the New Forest.

Take a look at the District facebook page for more – and keep sending your news/photos so we all know what you’ve been doing.

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Yours in Scouting


Hi ,

Just a reminder about next Wednesday’s GSL and Group Chair’s Forum at the District HQ (Warners End) – 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

On the agenda this time round is:

  • budget 2017 – discussion on district levy:
    • finanicial assistance for those who need it
    • jamboree 2019 funding
    • charging for under-18s who are young leaders but NOT active in an Explorer Scout Unit other than the YL unit.
  • Future development of Scouting provision in Hemel Hempstead.
  • Support for group executive committees
    • helping them feel more a part of the district
    • support required
  • Activity training
    • funding arrangements
    • future permit training requireD
  • Brief updates
    • search for a new secretary
    • census – January 2017
    • district directory
    • awards evening 2017

Looking forward to seeing you for some interesting discussions – if you cannot be there, please try to arrange someone to stand in for you.



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