Booking for the 2020 Season will open mid March.

Hemel Hempstead District Scouts Sailing Sessions 2020
Thursday evening dinghy sailing for Cubs and Scouts at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth.

Open to all Explorers, Scouts and Cubs over 8 years of age.
Individual Explorers, Cubs or Scouts from Hemel Hempstead District can go dinghy sailing this summer! These sessions are run at the Bury Lake Young Mariners centre by qualified and experienced leaders from around the District (your own Group’s leaders will not be running this activity).
We would also be delighted to hear from parents qualified or not who would like to come and support these activities.
Taster sessions
Dates -Thursdays 7th,14th, 21st May – Thursday evening taster sessions. Youngsters can come to one or both – the programme will be the same. Lots of activities on the water and experience of sailing. They will get a Time on the Water badge too!
Further dates  will be released when we know how many are booked on the courses.

Scout Badge Courses
Thursday evenings ;- 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th June, 2nd, 9th July  – Structured courses learning to sail and leading to the award of a Stage 1 or 2 Sailing Activity badge and RYA certificates. It would be an advantage and strongly recommended that youngsters have been on at least one taster session before enrolling on Stage 1. Applicants for Stage 2 must have the Stage 1 badge or RYA stage 1 youth sailing award. They will need to complete all the sessions to get the awards.

Mini bus spaces are limited to 13. Parents wishing to transport their own children may do so but will need to be at the lake on time and MUST HAVE BOOKED. Please let us know if you are transporting your child.

Minibus transport for all the Thursday evenings is included in the cost. It will leave Apsley PROMPTLY at 5.30pm. We need to be at Rickmansworth by 6.15 to make the most of daylight so we cannot wait around for people! The minibus will return for about 9.00pm (9.45pm on 11th July). 

Each fun/taster session will cost £12. The Staged Activity badge courses will cost £72 and sailors will need to attend all the sessions to be eligible for an RYA qualification. It is strongly advised that all Stage 1 participants attend a taster session prior to the course starting. All fees to be paid in advance directly to the organisers via the website NOT to your own leaders. There will be no refunds unless due to circumstances beyond our control we have to cancel a session.

How to apply
All applications and payment have to be made via the Hemel Hempstead Scouts website: . On receipt of the on-line application form and payment, further information and a permission form will be sent out. Places will not be reserved until the permission form has been returned! Confirmation will be sent by email.
Other opportunities
Parents of any competent sailors who have already attained Stage 2 activity badge (or RYA Stage 2) and would like to practice their sailing on a Thursday evening should contact Sue Gill for details on
If you have any queries please contact me directly NOT your own Group’s Leaders.
Colin Rivett
01442 266129             07730 352326   
If your preferred evening is sold out, please email to join the reserve list. Please state your child’s name, scout group, preferred evening(s), phone number and whether you are able to transport your child to and from Bury Lake.