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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts

District Newsletter
June 2017
10/06/2017 By DC-Russell Brooks

To all GSLs, ESLs, ADCs, and District Exec  - Please forward to your teams.
1.  District Module 38 Training - 30th June-2nd July - Calling any leaders interested in camping and considering applying for a Nights Away Permit at some stage in the future.  We will be running a training session with the District, so that there is no need to travel, and people within the District can learn from each other. The current plan is for leaders to erect their tents, if the wish, on Friday evening after 9pm so we can start promptly at 9am on Saturday 1st July.  Leaders will then camp overnight and continue the course on the Sunday with the idea of finishing by 1pm.  There are still spaces available, so please contact Liz Jack or Elaine Brind to book a place and for more information.  
2. Manchester Bee Badge Appeal - A couple of people have asked me about the Manchester Bee Badge, which has been launched by the Greater Manchester Scout Counties to help raise money in support of the families and victims of the Manchester bomb on 22nd May 2017.  If you want to support this initiative, I can confirm my support for the badge being worn as an occasional badge.  
2.  District AGM - Everyone is welcome!!
Venue:  1st Wheathampstead Group Scout HQ, Wheatsac, Meads Lane, Off East Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8BZ at 8.15pm for refreshments, and a meeting start at 8.45pm.  Note that parking is limited at the HQ but there is a public car park off East Lane.  If anyone has special parking requirements please contact Keith Brooker
3. Armed Forces Day - 24th June - On June 24th between 12.30 and 5pm, on the Common near the Public Hall, Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts are supporting the Town Council in their promotion of the Armed Forces Day. We will have an impressive promotions trailer that features graphics, video screen, hospitality unit and flags to attract and impress the public. There will be many hundreds, perhaps thousands walking by our promotional trailer and, because we are very welcoming and interesting, we expect conversations with adults who are likely to join us. We are looking for leaders and other adults to help us try and find more like you! 
Alongside the trailer we will run a display game called Rescuing the Meerkats which is also likely to attract the interest of the public. It involves teams of 5 cubs/scouts working together to lift 3 rafts of meerkats out of a swamp and they race the clock to win best time. Winners get prizes. Please encourage your cubs and scouts to put on their best uniform (in teams of 5) and enjoy the challenge. See attached flyers. 
4.  Have your Explorers had their say? - An email containing a link to the national survey for Explorers to complete to share their views on their Scouting experience was sent to Explorer Leaders in May. Your support in reminding and encouraging Explorers to complete it would be fantastic.  Survey closes on 16th June.
5. District Beaver Scout Leader meeting - 14th June - The next meeting will be held at 4th Harpenden Scout hut from 8pm.  
6.  Cubs 7-a-side Football competition - SAVE THE DATE - 7 a side football competition will be held on the 14th October at Roundwood Park Sports Hall from 2 to 6pm.  More information will follow nearer the time.
7. Upcoming First Aid training within the District - 
  • First Aid Refresher on 5th September from 7.30-10pm (Venue TBA)
  • Please contact Jane Murray to register
8.  Mayor’s Charity Quiz Night Attached is a poster for the Mayor’s upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 14th July, which this year will be raising money for Harpenden Connect (the Harpenden Hopper Bus Service) and Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
9.  St Nicholas’ Great Get Together Tea Party St Nicholas Church will be running a ‘Great Get Together’ tea party on Sunday 18 June in the Church Hall (those who attended last year will recall that the Church held a similar event for the Queen’s 90th Birthday). All are welcome to attend - please see attached poster.
Dates for the diary 
  • 18th June 2017 - County Cub Water Activities Day
  • 21st June (7.30pm) - District AGM @ 1st Wheathampstead
  • 23rd-25th June 2017 - Take Away Weekend @Harmergreen Wood (for Patrol Leaders)
  • 2nd July 2017 - District Cubs Summer bike ride @ Nicky Lane
  • 1st-2nd July 2017 - Beavers in Tents (BiTs) @ Well End
  • 10th September 2017 - Chief Scouts Gold Award presentation day @ Stevenage
  • 23rd September 2017 - Cub County Night Hike
  • 6th - 8th October 2017 - Born 2B Challenged @Harmergreen Wood
  • 10th October 2017 - Cubs Cyclocross
  • 14th October 2017 - District 7-a-side football competition@ Roundwood Park Sports Hall
  • 17th-19th November 2017 - Green Beret Challenge @ Phasels Wood
All the best
Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts
District Commissioner, 65 Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4XF
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