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.

Forthcoming events


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.



Hope you had a great Summer, and feel full of energy and enthusiasm for another busy year!


The Summer break saw plenty of action –

  • Great fun was had by all who attended the CTT 2016 camp in July
  • Frank and two explorers took part in the County international trip to South Africa and Swaziland
  • A group of explorers and leaders enjoyed a Summer Camp in Guernsey
  • DofE trip to the Brecon Beacons, with one Gold group qualifying and three Silver practice groups

General reminders

  • Scout Shop – price changes, additional stock – leaflets will be available soon
  • Warners End Scout hut – available to hire to local community groups/clubs
  • Scout Active Support – relaunching this term

Forthcoming Events


Happy scouting – see you soon!



As we come to the end of another very busy term, I’d like to say thanks again to all involved in delivering such outstanding programmes and activities to all the young people in our District.  I know many of you have camps and events during the Summer holidays, so enjoy … and don’t forget to take plenty of photos for the District facebook page!


Forthcoming events – Autumn term

The next newsletter will be published mid September, when I hope to have news of all that has been happening over the Summer break.


Have a great Summer, hope you get a chance to relax and put you feet up for a while – see you in September for another year of Scouting!





There’s been an incredible number of activities and events over the last couple of weeks, and still lots more to look forward to!


  • 7th Hemel Hempstead made the most of two days off school, having fun at Phasels and Little Hay
  • 1st Hemel Hempstead took to air and water for bell-boating and gliding
  • Explorers spent a night under the stars at Coombe Hill to watch the sunrise
  • Cubs from across the District spent the weekend at Tolmers at the County Cub 100 celebrations
  • Congratulations to 1st Kings Langley scouts for winning this year’s Nimrod competition – and a huge thank you to the leaders and Explorers who organised the event – results table attached.

Forthcoming dates

Yours in scouting


Following the sell-out success of the last powerboating activity badge day for Scouts, the team have arranged another day in September. Please see details attached.

Power boating uses exciting, awesome power machines that require skill and knowledge to master, but give the opportunity for anyone to try. Different types of power boat include wet bikes, rigid inflatables (RIBs) and power cruisers. Power boats can also be used as work boats or rescue boats, but all of them, from the solid, dependable diesel open boats to rubber dinghies with outboards, require skill and knowledge and can be great fun.

Date: Sunday 18th September

Venue: Bury Lake Rickmansworth  

Time: 9.15-16.30     

Cost: £10

Bookings: online –

Scout Power Coxswain Activity Badge

  1. Choose and identify the boat you will use.
  2. Choose the waters you will visit.
  3. Identify the features and hazards of this water.
  4. Learn what the rules are for boating on the water you’re using.
  5. Wear the proper clothing and make sure you have the correct equipment for your craft.

Complete the following steps under proper supervision:

  1. Locate the engine and know how to start and stop it safely.
  2. Take part in a man overboard drill.
  3. Launch and recover your craft (if that’s possible) and come alongside. Moor and berth your craft.
  4. Control the speed and direction of your craft to steer around a course or on a journey.

Young people will be appropriately supervised by an activity permit holder or a qualified external instructor. The activity will follow the activity rules in the Policy and Organisation Rules. Find out more at

Maximum number of places 15

Bookings close  18th July

All information will be sent via email once booking is made.

Summer term (yes, really, it IS summer!) is speeding by, and all groups in the District are enjoying a wide variety of activities!


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

Forthcoming dates

Don’t forget the Go-Karting activity is available this half-term on Wednesday evenings – letters attached (for sections who want to make a block booking, and also for young people to go independently).


Happy Scouting!




Here we are at the start of another half term of exciting scouting – don’t forget to keep us all up-to-date with your news and photos ….


  • 1st Apsley Kingfisher scouts had a fun evening of raft building, although I’m not sure they stayed afloat for long!
  • 1st Kings Langley enjoyed a busy Group camp at Well End – and someone even found time to relax!
  • Bookings for the ‘Come To Tolmers’ camp next month are now closed – four leaders will be taking 46 of our scouts/explorers from across the District – I’m sure they’re going to have a fantastic time!

Chief Scout Award badges –

In response to feedback, the badges and certificates for the Chief Scout Awards, have been redesigned, with the current items remaining valid until stocks are rundown. Young people selected a design that stands out, reflecting the high level of achievement of this award. County have put together some ideas to help young people achieve their Chief Scout Awards. To view the new badge and read their blog, click here.

Forthcoming dates




Please see the attached documents about the ever-popular go-karting activity on Wednesday evenings (starting after half term).

One letter is for young people to go independently, the other is for those sections who want to make a block booking.

Thanks to Sean, Richard and 1st Leverstock Green for running this as always.


Several weeks have passed since I’ve been able to send a newsletter (technical problems!),  so lots to report ….


County Commissioner’s Outdoor Challenge – Cubs

Can your Cub section rise to the County Commissioner’s Outdoor Challenge for the Summer Term? – details attached – good luck!


Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!