District Diary

Feb
27
Sat
2021
Pinewood Derby 2021 @ 1st Apsley Scout HQ
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Full details, downloads and online entry available at:

www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/activities/pinewood-derby/

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, 2021’s event may be restricted to 15 young people attending at a time (for around 40 minutes) to watch the league in which their car is being raced. We are also working on live-streaming the event via Zoom.

Cars will have to be dropped off prior to the event – we will be running a drop-off session on Tuesday 23rd February from 7pm – 8.30pm.

Mar
13
Sat
2021
Ready Steady Cook @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cooking competition based on the popular TV programe – a team challenge for team of 3-4 Scouts to prepare, cook and serve a meal with surprise ingredients.

Apr
23
Fri
2021
Promise Renewal Virtual Camp Event 2021 @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre (please use the A41 entrance)
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 8:30 pm

Bookings open in March

Most-likely scenario

An online evening event as an introduction to our second “virtual district camp” – something for all the family to join in with and celebrate both renewing our Scout promises and St. George’s Day!

Preferred option

In the unlikely event that Covid-19 restrictions are lifted by late-April, we will run a face-to-face event at Phasels Wood following a similar format to previous years:

  • 4.45 pm – Arrival & registration – Beavers & Cubs
  • 5.00 pm – Activities open
  • 8.30 pm – Activities close – Scouts & Explorers depart

Wear: Activity clothes & Group scarf

During the evening there will be plenty of opportunities for young people and their friends, to take part in various activities including aeroball, garden games, batak, bungee trampolines, backwoods cooking, human buzzwire, human hungry hippos, kurling, land zorbs, pedal racers, potholing, slackline, sucker guns, cresta run, low ropes assault course, nightline trail, orienteering, a photo hunt, inflatables, trampolines, craft activities and climbing the rolling rock and traverse walls.

Cubs (and friends aged 8+), Scouts & Explorers will also be able take part in rifle shooting (subject to weather conditions & a consent form being signed), abseiling, archery, climbing, crate stacking, high ropes cube course, human table football and zip wire,

Some of the activities will have the opportunity to win some TASTY prizes too!

To take part in all these activities young people will require a ‘wrist band entry ticket’ which may be purchased prior to the event at our website: www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/promise

Parents will be required to supervise the Beavers & Cubs (recommended ratio 1 adult : 4 children – max 1:6) as we are asking leaders to help to run some of the activities.

Refreshments for the YP (included in the ticket price) will be available between 5.30 – 8.00 pm.  Tea/coffee will be available for the adults to purchase.

Wet weather cancellation information will be available on the day at:  www.hemel-scouts.co.uk

Jun
26
Sat
2021
Nimrod Challenge 2021 @ Phasels Wood
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day

This year’s Nimrod will be based at Phasel’s Wood.  It is a camping, evening navigation, challenge and cooking competition based in the local area.

Sep
10
Fri
2021
Activity Spectacular at Phasels Wood (ASAP) 2021 @ Phasels Wood
Sep 10 – Sep 12 all-day
Sep
27
Mon
2021
Jamboree 2023 information evening
Sep 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

An opportunity for prospective applicants and their families to find out more about:

  • what a jamboree is
  • what commitment is required in the 21 months before the event
  • what commitment is required in the 3-6 months after the event
  • how funds can be raised to facilitate anybody to attend a World Scout Jamboree

Prior to this event, a representative from the district’s “jamboree support group” will have visited each troop in the second half of the Summer term and letters about how to apply and the selection process will be distributed in early September 2021.

Oct
16
Sat
2021
Jamboree 2023 Selection Weekend @ Lees Wood Campsite
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

Format TBC – further details will be available in the late Spring 0f 2021.

Oct
19
Tue
2021
Awards Evening @ Salvation Army Hall
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Our annual awards evening to celebrate those who have been awarded:

  • Chief Scout Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Diamond awards
  • Young Leader Belts, Explorers Belts or the Queen’s Scout Award
  • Long service and good service awards (for adult volunteers)
Nov
5
Fri
2021
Family Firework Spectacular @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

An opportunity to have a great night watching some spectacular fireworks and raise money for your group at the same time. The school kindly donate back a percentage of any ticket sales to the group who sell them.

Letters will be available in October.

Nov
19
Fri
2021
Green Beret @ Lees Wood
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 21 @ 11:30 am

A teamwork challenge for Scouts across Hertfordshire – teams of 5-6 Scouts undertake a series of day and night bases, an orienteering course and an assault course.

Teams must be supported by at least one adult – a centrally catered option is available.

Jan
15
Sat
2022
Inter Troop Scout Hockey Tournament @ Adeyfield Free Church
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Update

Dear Leaders,

Network have planned an inter-district hockey tournament for the Scout section.

Registration 9AM for 9.30 start. Finish 3.30pm

Location; The New Adeyfield Free Church.Adeyfield Free Church, Hosking Ct, Maylands Avenue, HP2 4GZ

Please note that parking at the site is limited. If parents can lift share to and from it would save space and time. Please encourage scouts to bring board games for entertainment. Phones will be allowed, but volume must be kept off. Also a reminder to get team numbers back to me ASAP.

The teams will be made of 5 scouts (1 goal keeper, 4 fielders). We will also require at least 1 leader/parent helper from each group to be with their teams for moral support and to help keep the peace while teams are waiting to play. There is a cost of £5 per child to cover expenses of the event.

There is a penalty system for the day, although I desperately hope it won’t be needed. However, if it is then it may result in individual players being disallowed to continue playing (the rest of the team will continue without the player). Whole teams also may be disqualified. As I say, I hope these won’t be needed.

On a cheerier note, we are hoping to have a really enjoyable day and we hope you will join us in making that happen. If we can get an idea how many groups would like to field at least 1 team then I can say whether we can allow for more teams.

Can you please send all your team lists too me as soon as possible. Bring the health forms with you on the day. Also contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Jethro
Event Lead

Hockey Event Health Form

Scout Tournament Hockey Rules v1

Feb
5
Sat
2022
Swimming Gala for Cubs & Scouts @ Dacorum Sports Centre
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our annual swimming gala, consisting of age-appropriate individual and team races for each section plus a joint relay which contributes to the overall group trophy results. Teams should be accompanied by a ratio of 1 adult to 8 young people.

2020 Swimming Gala

Instructions and Rules Swimming Gala 2020

Scout Swim Gala Programme of events 2020

 

 

Feb
26
Sat
2022
Pinewood Derby 2022 @ 1st Apsley Scout HQ
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Mar
5
Sat
2022
Chiltern Challenge (older Scouts + Explorers) @ Phasels Wood
Mar 5 – Mar 6 all-day

For more details, please see the County website

Mar
12
Sat
2022
Ready Steady Cook @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cooking competition based on the popular TV programe – a team challenge for team of 3-4 Scouts to prepare, cook and serve a meal with surprise ingredients.

Apr
22
Fri
2022
Promise Renewal & “Family Camp” Weekend Event 2022 @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre (please use the A41 entrance)
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 8:30 pm

Bookings open in January

Family Camp

With tents pitched on Thursday night, Friday evening is full of fun-filled and adventurous activities before a camp-fire and off to bed.

Saturday and Sunday will be filled with the usual district camp activities, with a St. George’s theme running through it!

Bring a Friend event – Friday evening only

As the event is being held close to St George’s Day, the evening will also contain our short ceremony to renew our Promises altogether as Hemel Hempstad District!  The complete programme for the Friday evening is as follows –

  • 4.45 pm – Arrival & registration – Beavers & Cubs
  • 5.00 pm – Activities open
  • 8.30 pm – Activities close – Scouts & Explorers depart

Wear: Activity clothes & Group scarf

During the evening there will be plenty of opportunities for young people and their friends, to take part in various activities including aeroball, garden games, batak, bungee trampolines, backwoods cooking, human buzzwire, human hungry hippos, kurling, land zorbs, pedal racers, potholing, slackline, sucker guns, cresta run, low ropes assault course, nightline trail, orienteering, a photo hunt, inflatables, trampolines, craft activities and climbing the rolling rock and traverse walls.

Cubs (and friends aged 8+), Scouts & Explorers will also be able take part in rifle shooting (subject to weather conditions & a consent form being signed), abseiling, archery, climbing, crate stacking, high ropes cube course, human table football and zip wire,

Some of the activities will have the opportunity to win some TASTY prizes too!

To take part in all these activities young people will require a ‘wrist band entry ticket’ which may be purchased prior to the event at our website: www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/promise

Parents will be required to supervise the Beavers & Cubs (recommended ratio 1 adult : 4 children – max 1:6) as we are asking leaders to help to run some of the activities.

Refreshments for the YP (included in the ticket price) will be available between 5.30 – 8.00 pm.  Tea/coffee will be available for the adults to purchase.

Wet weather cancellation information will be available on the day at:  www.hemel-scouts.co.uk

Jun
25
Sat
2022
Nimrod Challenge 2022 @ Phasels Wood
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day

This year’s Nimrod will be based at Phasel’s Wood.  It is a camping, evening navigation, challenge and cooking competition based in the local area.

Aug
1
Mon
2022
Lochearnhead Expedition 2022 @ Lochearnhead Scout Station
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

Dates TBC by Hertfordshire Scouts – for either a 7, 10 or 14 day expedition.

Lochearnhead Expedition 2024 @ Lochearnhead Scout Station
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

Dates TBC by Hertfordshire Scouts – for either a 7, 10 or 14 day expedition.

Sep
9
Fri
2022
Activity Spectacular at Phasels Wood (ASAP) 2022 @ Phasels Wood
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day
Oct
19
Wed
2022
Awards Evening @ Salvation Army Hall
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Our annual awards evening to celebrate those who have been awarded:

  • Chief Scout Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Diamond awards
  • Young Leader Belts, Explorers Belts or the Queen’s Scout Award
  • Long service and good service awards (for adult volunteers)
Nov
4
Fri
2022
Family Firework Spectacular @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

An opportunity to have a great night watching some spectacular fireworks and raise money for your group at the same time. The school kindly donate back a percentage of any ticket sales to the group who sell them.

Letters will be available in October.

Nov
18
Fri
2022
Green Beret @ Lees Wood
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 20 @ 11:30 am

A teamwork challenge for Scouts across Hertfordshire – teams of 5-6 Scouts undertake a series of day and night bases, an orienteering course and an assault course.

Teams must be supported by at least one adult – a centrally catered option is available.

Jan
14
Sat
2023
Inter Troop Scout Hockey Tournament @ Adeyfield Free Church
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Update

Dear Leaders,

Network have planned an inter-district hockey tournament for the Scout section.

Registration 9AM for 9.30 start. Finish 3.30pm

Location; The New Adeyfield Free Church.Adeyfield Free Church, Hosking Ct, Maylands Avenue, HP2 4GZ

Please note that parking at the site is limited. If parents can lift share to and from it would save space and time. Please encourage scouts to bring board games for entertainment. Phones will be allowed, but volume must be kept off. Also a reminder to get team numbers back to me ASAP.

The teams will be made of 5 scouts (1 goal keeper, 4 fielders). We will also require at least 1 leader/parent helper from each group to be with their teams for moral support and to help keep the peace while teams are waiting to play. There is a cost of £5 per child to cover expenses of the event.

There is a penalty system for the day, although I desperately hope it won’t be needed. However, if it is then it may result in individual players being disallowed to continue playing (the rest of the team will continue without the player). Whole teams also may be disqualified. As I say, I hope these won’t be needed.

On a cheerier note, we are hoping to have a really enjoyable day and we hope you will join us in making that happen. If we can get an idea how many groups would like to field at least 1 team then I can say whether we can allow for more teams.

Can you please send all your team lists too me as soon as possible. Bring the health forms with you on the day. Also contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Jethro
Event Lead

Hockey Event Health Form

Scout Tournament Hockey Rules v1

Feb
4
Sat
2023
Swimming Gala for Cubs & Scouts @ Dacorum Sports Centre
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our annual swimming gala, consisting of age-appropriate individual and team races for each section plus a joint relay which contributes to the overall group trophy results. Teams should be accompanied by a ratio of 1 adult to 8 young people.

2020 Swimming Gala

Instructions and Rules Swimming Gala 2020

Scout Swim Gala Programme of events 2020

 

 

Feb
25
Sat
2023
Pinewood Derby 2023 @ 1st Apsley Scout HQ
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Mar
4
Sat
2023
Chiltern Challenge (older Scouts + Explorers) @ Phasels Wood
Mar 4 – Mar 5 all-day

For more details, please see the County website

Mar
11
Sat
2023
Ready Steady Cook @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Information sheet HHDS Cooking Competition 2020

Team Form rsc team entry form Ready Steady Cook 2 

Consent Form   Ready Steady Cook 2

Cooking competition based on the popular TV programe – a team challenge for team of 3-4 Scouts to prepare, cook and serve a meal with surprise ingredients.

Apr
23
Sun
2023
Promise Renewal & “Bring-a-Friend” One Day Event 2023 @ Phasels Wood Activity Centre (please use the A41 entrance)
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Bookings open in March

As the event is being held on St George’s Day, the afternoon will also contain our short ceremony to renew our Promises altogether as Hemel Hempstad District!  The complete programme for the evening is as follows –

  • 9am – Arrival & registration – all ages
  • 10am – Activities open
  • 3.30pm – Activities close

A BBQ will be available (booked in advance) or you’re welcome to bring a picnic.

Wear: Activity clothes & Group scarf

During the day there will be plenty of opportunities for young people and their friends, to take part in various activities including aeroball, garden games, batak, bungee trampolines, backwoods cooking, human buzzwire, human hungry hippos, kurling, land zorbs, pedal racers, potholing, slackline, sucker guns, cresta run, low ropes assault course, nightline trail, orienteering, a photo hunt, inflatables, trampolines, craft activities and climbing the rolling rock and traverse walls.

Cubs (and friends aged 8+), Scouts & Explorers will also be able take part in rifle shooting (subject to weather conditions & a consent form being signed), abseiling, archery, climbing, crate stacking, high ropes cube course, human table football and zip wire,

Some of the activities will have the opportunity to win some TASTY prizes too!

To take part in all these activities young people will require a ‘wrist band entry ticket’ which may be purchased prior to the event at our website: www.hemel-scouts.co.uk/promise

Parents will be required to supervise the Beavers & Cubs (recommended ratio 1 adult : 4 children – max 1:6) as we are asking leaders to help to run some of the activities.

Refreshments for the YP (included in the ticket price) will be available between 5.30 – 8.00 pm.  Tea/coffee will be available for the adults to purchase.

Wet weather cancellation information will be available on the day at:  www.hemel-scouts.co.uk

Jun
24
Sat
2023
Nimrod Challenge 2023 @ Phasels Wood
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

This year’s Nimrod will be based at Phasel’s Wood.  It is a camping, evening navigation, challenge and cooking competition based in the local area.

Sep
8
Fri
2023
Activity Spectacular at Phasels Wood (ASAP) 2023 @ Phasels Wood
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day
Oct
19
Thu
2023
Awards Evening @ Salvation Army Hall
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Our annual awards evening to celebrate those who have been awarded:

  • Chief Scout Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Diamond awards
  • Young Leader Belts, Explorers Belts or the Queen’s Scout Award
  • Long service and good service awards (for adult volunteers)
Nov
3
Fri
2023
Family Firework Spectacular @ Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

An opportunity to have a great night watching some spectacular fireworks and raise money for your group at the same time. The school kindly donate back a percentage of any ticket sales to the group who sell them.

Letters will be available in October.

Nov
17
Fri
2023
Green Beret @ Lees Wood
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 19 @ 11:30 am

A teamwork challenge for Scouts across Hertfordshire – teams of 5-6 Scouts undertake a series of day and night bases, an orienteering course and an assault course.

Teams must be supported by at least one adult – a centrally catered option is available.

Aug
1
Fri
2025
Kandersteg 2025 @ Kandersteg International Scout Centre
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day