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ASU Newsletter - November 2020
08/11/2020 By Dave Lowndes
Hi all
"Long time no see" for many of you nor any news to bring you given the ASU's lack of activity.
 
But as I have just had a message from Rikki about Cubs' Christmas card delivery, I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know what is happening.   It goes without saying of course that we would much rather be involved but hopefully we can have a record year in 2021!
 
Rikki said:
With churches not being open and it being impossible (illegal, even!) to distribute the post boxes and, quite possibly, gathering to do the sorting, I’ve had to drastically rethink the card service, which will be very greatly reduced in scope. We will be inviting Cubs to deliver up to 10 cards from an elderly person known to them, and we will be offering to deliver cards from three care homes (Homedell, Arcadian Ct and Walkers Ct), with a leader from each of three Packs (Andrew Dadswell, Jackie Agg and one other) sorting the cards at home and passing them to Cubs in their own Pack to deliver. I doubt that the ASU was expecting to be asked this year, but this is to let you know that, sadly, we won’t be having any gatherings at HQs and hence won’t need help.  
 
I hope you and yours are well and maybe we will be able to have some sort of family Christmas although clearly not "normal"!!
 
Take care, Dave
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Lock Down Scouting
29/03/2020 By Ray Vassie

Issue 14 is here for Remembrance Day!
I have put together some ideas and projects to keep you active during our enforced time away from our meetings.  Its called Lock Down Scout and you can download the PDF by clicking on the item below. There are things to do for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.  Some ideas as to how to help others, make things, entertain your siblings.  Lots of things to do and learn....  All the best and #StaySafe #Stayindoors

Lockdown Scouting Issues Activity sheets
14th Edition- Oct 2020 Remembrance Day resources
13th Edition- Sept 2020 Outdoor activities for Groups
12th Edition- July 2020 Activity 1 Estimate tree height
11th Edition- July 2020

Activity 2 Power walk

10th Edition- 30th May 2020 Activity 3 Name trees
9th Edition- 23rd May 2020 Activity 4 North from stars
8th Edition- 30th May 2020 Activity 5 Town quiz Harpenden
7th Edition- 9th May 2020 Activity 6 Town quiz Wheathampstead
6th Edition- 2nd May 2020 Activity 7 Town quiz Kimpton
5th Edition- 25th April 2020 Activity 8 Compass Ups and Downs
4th Edition- 17th April 2020 Activity 9 Photo competition
3rd Edition- 12th April 2020 Activity 10 Emergency shelter
2nd Edition- 10th April 2020 Activity 11 Cooking on BBQ
1st Edition- 3rd April 2020 Activity 12 Rig up a swing
  Activity 13 Catapult
  Activity 14 5 mile walk
Activity support docs Activity 15 Nettle dye
Harpenden trees Activity 16 Kite
Scouting & Rope Activity 17 I-Spy
Knots Activity 18 Bike check

 

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The Great Indoors
26/03/2020 By DC-Russell Brooks

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families, as the spread of Covid-19 has caused schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, The Scouts want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we've pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing "I'm bored" every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. You can find activities suitable for your child by clicking here


You could also help your child complete an Activity badge. Once you've completed all the requirements, why not email photos to your section leader to show what you've done. There are links to our activity badge pages below:

Beaver Activity Badges
Cub Activity Badges
Scout Activity Badges


Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Gift Aid update
30/06/2016 By Rod Keen

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

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