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District Newsletter
October 2017

02/10/2017 By Russell Brooks
Hi everyone,
To all GSLs, ESLs, ADCs, and District Exec  - Please forward to your teams.
 
1. Jamboree on the Internet The District will be again participating in the Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) which is the biggest Annual Global Scouting event, with thousands of Scouts joining in across the world.  All sections are welcome to come along and talk to other Scouts from all parts of the world, from USA to Australia and everywhere in between. Our session is on Saturday afternoon (21st October) at Wood End School and starts at noon. The day is split into slots of 2 hours each. It's a fun afternoon, where Scouts are guaranteed to talk online to other Scouts from many countries as well as playing online Scouting games and puzzles.
 
Venue: Wood End School, Junior Building - please use School car park at Wood End Road (there will be signs)
Requirements:  1 leader from each section coming.  Uniform optional; no equipment required to be brought; water and squash provided.
Activities: Online safety briefing; going online to talk to scouts from across the world (think of some good questions); mark on the map where you have spoken to; play the online Jamboree puzzle game; optional international activity - Scouts against Malaria
 
If interested, please email Richard Bird on 4thbird@gmail.com
 
2. World Scout Jamboree - If you are too old to be a participant, but still want be involved, you can still apply to be part of the International Service Team.  IST applications are open until 6pm on Friday 13th October - http://ukcontingent.co.uk/jamboree-2019/wsj-ist-zone/
 
Helpers needed in the scout shop for one or two times a year - 10 to 15 percent discount for helpers.  Please contact Liz Jack at lizjack00@hotmail.com
 
I am attaching a draft email that I would ask all GSLs and ESLs to please cut and paste and send to your parents/leaders.
 
4.  Orienteering Challenge - Everyone is invited to take part in an Orienteering event in Rothamsted Park on 7th October - see attached flyer.  For those Scouts intending to take part in Green Beret this year, this would be great practice for the orienteering part of Green Beret.  They can either take part individually or in pairs. Scout Leaders - if teams of your Scouts are going to attend, please let me know names and dates of birth so that I can pre-register.  There will be a prize for the winning registered Scout.  It is just £2 to enter on the day (and £1 to hire the timing chip)
 
5.  International Matters - Please find attached September’s Edition of International Matters
 
6. Upcoming Training 
 
Within the District - 
  • ADHD & Autism training (linked to Module 7 - Scouting for All) - 2nd Harpenden & District HQ, Tallents Crescent:  10th October, Time 2000-2130.  Please let me know if you want to attend this session (DC-Harpenden@virginmedia.com)
District Dates for the diary 
  • 7th October 2017 - District Cubs 7-a-side football competition@ Roundwood Park Sports Hall
  • 12th November - Remembrance Day Parade and Service
  • 4th December 2017 - Beavers Carol Service @ All Saints Church
  • 9th/10th December 2017 - District Cub Christmas Card delivery weekend
  • 11th December 2017 - Cubs Carol Service @ Methodist Church
Please take a look at the County Calendar for dates of their 2017/2018 Events & Activities: 2017/2018 Calendar

 

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News & Blogs

Ghana Expedition 2019
22/09/2017 By Rod Keen

Jo Busby is putting together an Expedition to Hohoe in Ghana for 2019. The school for the deaf that the District have been associated with for the last 12+ years need a playground. The Explorers & Leaders will be building the various equipment that you will find in a playground. Between now and 2019 they will be organising various events to raise funds for their trip.  Please help these young men and women on their adventure by taking part in their fund raising.  More about these events later on. See the Flyer here.

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Comedy Night 2017
07/09/2017 By Larry Neal

I hope you have all had a great summer and looking forward to Beavers,
Cubs, Scouts restarting, gang show rehearsals, family camp and all the
other great activities that leaders are putting on for your children.
There is one event that children are not allowed to – the Comedy
Night.

A few months ago I sent out a save the date for this years Comedy
Night and had a number of people who have already booked a table which
is great.  If you would like to come along then please email me now to
reserve your place.  For those that haven’t been before it really is a
great night (perhaps slightly biased I know!).  It is at the Scout hut
on Saturday 25th November, start time 7.30 (bar opens at 7!).  Tickets
cost £12.50 each.

This event is not just for parents/leaders please feel free to ask
your brothers/sisters/work colleagues along as well – you could
forward the 2017 flyer on to them if you wish.

Look forward to a deluge of emails requesting tables.

Thanks

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ASU Newsletter
September 2017

06/09/2017 By Dave Lowndes

Hello all
The September 2017 ASU Newsletter can be downloaded from here.

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Tent donation
03/09/2017 By Rod Keen

Local man, Mike Lacy, has a tent that he would be delighted to donate to a District Scout Group. Size is:-

Ridge height 178cm
Sleeping quarters 235*265
Total length 615*285(with awning 350)

The guy ropes will need to be replaced/renewed and there are no pegs with it. Please contact Mike on 01582 762798 if you are interested.

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