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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts

The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


International Scouting

Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2011, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in Sweden, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.


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News & Blogs

District Newsletter
October 2017-1st

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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International Matters (Feb2017)
04/03/2017 By DC-Russell Brooks

Here you can find the February edition of International Matters from Herts Scouts. Its the first from Manon Burbridge since taking over from  Mike Aston.

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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts
District Commissioner, 65 Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4XF
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