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!



At last, we’ve had some good weather to make all our outdoor activities just that bit more enjoyable – shame it didn’t last long!

County news

As there has been a delay in the publication of Headlines, attached are photos taken at the recent JOTI event, and details about the exhibition to mark the Centenary of Cub Scouting in Hertfordshire.

Forthcoming dates

Enjoy your Scouting!



Annual General Meeting – 19th May

Attached is your invitation to our AGM, which takes place on Thursday 19th May at the District HQ in Warners End, please join us to:

  • Officially open the newly-refurbished District HQ
  • Celebrate another fantastic year of Scouting activities and growth in membership
  • Congratulate various members of the district whose contribution to Scouting have been recognised over the past 12 months, especially:
    • Steve Harris – Silver Wolf
    • Sheila Neep – 50 years service
    • Mike Watson – 30 years service

Please also consider being part of the Executive Committee

The last three years have seen consistent growth in membership across the district and an ever-increasing range of activities being offered to young people. Now is your opportunity to help us continue to develop Scouting in Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Bovingdon.

By virtue of the fact that you are a leader or parent you are eligible to stand (or nominate someone to stand) as a member of the District Scout Executive Committee. For the coming year, we are particularly keen to hear from people with skills, experience or an interest in the following area(s):

  • building/facilities management (to help manage our two buildings)
  • retail management (to support our existing shop manager)
  • inclusion (to promote our inclusive nature – in terms of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and financial situation) – this will include reviewing applications to our grant/subsidy programme – the “Adventure Fund”
  • volunteer recruitment/management (to support our programme of opening new sections)

We are looking to elect four Executive Committee Members to serve for a year until May 2017 in addition to four people nominated by our District Commissioner – ideally responsibility for each area above will be shared by two or three people on the committee.

All members of the District Executive become Charity Trustees and meet to support the District Commissioner and Scout Groups, promote the development of safe scouting, raise funds and administer the District’s finances, appoint sub-committees where required and attend to the District’s own administration.

The Executive meets approximately 6 times a year.  It is not a uniformed role and you need no previous experience.  In line with the National Association’s aims we do seek for some nominees to represent the young people in our movement and therefore particularly welcome nominations of adults aged between 18 and 25.

This letter is to invite you to stand for election yourself or to nominate another member of the Council (with their agreement) that you believe will add value to the District and carry out the role above effectively.  The election happens at the Annual General Meeting which will be on Thursday 19th May.  Please see the invitation attached.

To make a nomination please complete the form at before midnight on Wednesday 4th May.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role please call me on 0771 752 2956 or to read more information about the role of the District Executive Committee please see the fact sheet that can be found at:

Thank you for considering joining us,

Keith Gower

Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead District Scout Executive Committee.


We’ve had a rather chilly start to the Summer term, but still plenty of our young people are getting out and about enjoying activities.

1st Bennetts End Scouts renewed their promise on St George’s Day whilst at Camp.

Explorers have been training for their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, canoeing for Bronze level and hiking for Silver.

A great day was had by all on the Power Boat course at Bury Lake – in the words of Scouts, “It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!” and they are desperate to do it all again!

1st Hemel Hempstead scouts enjoyed a fun-filled caving camp in the Forest of Dean.

International News

  • Attached is the April 2016 “International Matters” newsletter from Hertfordshire Scouts.

Forthcoming dates:

Happy Scouting!