Please find details below and attached for the Swimming Gala

Hemel Hempstead Sportspace Leisure Centre on

Saturday 3rd  February 2018

Cubs – 6.45 p.m. for a 7.15 p.m. start time

Scouts – 7.15 pm for an 8.00 p.m.’ish’ start.



Please find details below and attached for the Animal Care Badge Day.

Date: Sunday 28th January 2018

Venue: Hobbs Hill Wood School, Peascroft Road HP3 8ER

Time: 1.45-4.00 pm

The Beavers will be learning how to care for animals with some interesting craft activities.

If you wish to be part of this event, please return the money and forms to Maureen Shelley at

1 Crossfell Road HP3 8RB by Sunday 21st January 2018.

If you have any queries, please contact Michelle by email



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, I will confirm that I have received it.



Today we are formally announcing the seven lucky Scouts and Explorers who have been selected to represent Hemel Hempstead at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA in 2019! They are: Josh Lee, Ollie Myatt, Becky Harding, Nate Jermy, Timmy Gower, Jen Bishop and Tom Rumble.

They are now starting on their long journey of fund-raising and will soon be joining one of the Hertfordshire Units which will represent the UK at the Jamboree. Selection was long and our seven were picked not necessarily for merit, but to support them with confidence building, independence, self-belief and acceptance.

We hope you will support their events – you will see them at Bunnings Sausage Sizzles through next year and they will be hosting the District Quiz night on Saturday 24th March 2018. The District Jamboree launch event will be on Wednesday 4th July!

Pictures courtesy of John Larkin.

From the County Commissioner, Liz Walker:
Due to increasing business commitments, Russ has informed me that he will not continue in the role of District Commissioner beyond his agreed 5 year term, which ends on 28th February 2018.
I’m sure you’ll join me in thanking him for the effort and enthusiasm he has put into the role since he started in March 2013.
We have agreed a timetable for his departure to recruit a suitable replacement and ensure a successful transition:
  • 1st Dec – Search commences
  • 31st Dec – Search closes
  • Jan 2018 – Interviews
  • Feb 2018 – Appointment and handover
  • 28th February – Russ’ last day as District Commissioner
A search group of 5 people will now be formed and details about the role and how to apply will be sent out in early December. Steve Harris has agreed to act as secretary to the search group and will distrbute these documents.
Between now and the end of February; Russ has agreed a number of priorities with the District Executive and I to be completed alongside the day to day responsibilities:
  • Oversee the recruitment is the district’s part-time employed administrator.
  • Supporting the newly-recruited Jamboree participants establish their fundraising group and set a plan to raise £26,250.
  • Hand over the Young Leader administration role to Julie Bailey (district secretary)
  • Set up activity training working groups for those who expressed an interest in obtaining activity permits in the survey sent out earlier in the Autumn term.
  • Complete a review of the financial situation across the two District-managed buildings (Boxmoor & Warners End) – including a new hirer at Warners End HQ to increase income.
  • Ensure the District Diary is loaded onto the website and a hard copy District Directory is issued.
  • Ensure the Promise Renewal event on 23rd April is properly organised, marketed and ready to be successfully delivered.
Further details about the search process will follow in due course.
Liz Walker
County Commissioner – Hertfordshire Scouts


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

From Baden Powell’s initial ideals and Chief Scout Bear Gryll’s TV popularity, invitation to be part of this ever popular group. The course is constantly evolving, adding in new skills, new equipment, it just gets better and better.

  • 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 as this is provided.
  • Allows you to try out something you have never done before and be more self sufficient.
  • 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
  • Opportunity for Scouts and Explorer Scouts to gain their Survival badge

Dates for 2018 are in the attached flyer.

If you wish to take part in this popular group for 2018 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

Thanks to some sterling work from our district archivist, George Storrow, the district now has a collection of archives, comprehensively indexed.

I have attached a summary of the documents, photos etc he has stored in the archives.


If you are interested in viewing any of the materials, please contact George directly via email –

Russ Dyble

District Commissioner

Hi ,

In case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, please find attached the leaflet about the selection process for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree for distribution to Scouts/Explorers of eligible age (those born 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005 are eligible).

Applicants need to register their interest by 30th September at

Our district’s selection weekend will take place 21st – 22nd October at Phasels Wood (not Lees Wood as originally advertised).

The weekend will consist of a variety of teamwork, leadership and individual challenges, a service project and an international experience – participating in “Jamboree on the Air”.

If you would like a short visit to your troop from a previous Jamboree participant to help promote the Jamboree, please email Jane Harding – – and she’ll arrange it for you.



Have you ever thought about becoming an activity instructor?

It’s a great way to support Scouting – especially for those who can’t commit to the weekly meetings!

Perhaps you weren’t sure what’s required?

Click here to see the pre-requisites for the following activities and complete the form to register your interest by 30th September so we can plan the finance and time required in 2018.

  • Minibus Driving
  • Crate Stacking, Zip Wire, Abseiling @ Phasels Wood
  • Target Sports (archery / rifle shooting)
  • Hill-walking – for Terrain 2 (Terrain 1 will require less input)
  • Climbing – artificial walls (e.g. Phasels Wood / Lees Wood)
  • Climbing – real rock


Ready to register your interest?

Click here!

If water activities are more your thing, look out… details will be out soon for dinghy sailing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing!

Why become an activity instructor?

Well for a start, it’s great fun!

But also…

Adventurous activities are a staple of the Scout programme – we know they’re one of the main reasons young people join Scouting. In the coming years, the district will continue to increase the financial support for adults to train to hold adventurous activity permits

Encouraging young people to try activities, develop an interest and go on to attain their activity permits also helps retain young people through the transition in adulthood and bring them back as leaders.

Go on… give it a go!

Scout Shop – Tuesday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm @ HHW school

It’s back to school for most today… including new uniforms…. if you need a new Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer uniform, don’t forget your local Scout Shop is also open Tuesday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm at Hobbs Hill Wood school (plus badges and resources for leaders!).

NEXT OPEN – Tuesday 5th September

Please find a leaflet attached with the opening dates, times and directions – please feel free to forward this to parents in your Scout Group/Unit.

Shop Leaflet – 2017-18

Proceeds from the District Scout Shop are used to reduce the cost of Scouting locally – so please buy from us rather than online or from a for-profit business.


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Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Jamboree 2019 Launch & 4th July ... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Jamboree 2019 Launch & 4th July ... @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Jamboree launch – Beavers & Cubs  Jamboree launch – Leaders Jamboree launch – Scouts & Explorers
7:00 pm Gilwell 24 @ Gilwell Park
Gilwell 24 @ Gilwell Park
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm
The core Gilwell 24 event is a 24 hour long day of activity and challenge running from 09:00 on Saturday straight through until 09:00 Sunday. In addition we will be hosting the warm up pre-event[...]
6:00 pm 1st Apsley Scout Group AGM @ Phasels Wood
1st Apsley Scout Group AGM @ Phasels Wood
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm
AGM is planned for Wednesday 4th July, at Phasels Wood, camp fire circle. The event starts at 6pm and will also include a sausage sizzle, some award presentations & campfire songs.
9:00 am Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Come to Tolmers (CTT) @ Tolmers Campsite
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
6:00 pm Explorer Summer Camp @ St Brides, West Wales
Explorer Summer Camp @ St Brides, West Wales
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm
Activities will include a selection of coastal walking, climbing, Sea kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, beach pioneering & BBQ’S, raft building, bivvying, rock pooling, cycling, coasteering, and visits to Pembroke Castle and Skomer Island.