Hemel Hempstead scouts go back to the source with Brownsea Island trip

Members of 4th Hemel Hempstead Scouts at Brownsea Island
Members of 4th Hemel Hempstead Scouts at Brownsea Island

It has been an action-packed fortnight for scouts in the Hemel Hempstead area.

The 1st Kings Langley Scouts went to Ipswich Marina for a weekend of sailing.

They went up the River Orwell to Harwich Harbour and the North Sea in the boats Offshore Scout and Ocean Scout, but were forced back by Force 6 winds and returning to the River Stour.

Scout leader Gavin Howard said “A brilliant weekend was had by all. This is sure to be something that will stay in the minds of those that took part for a very long time.”

The 4th Hemel Hempstead Scouts visited Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, where scouting was born in 1907 when Robert Baden Powell took a group of boys camping.

The 4th Boxmoor Scouts went camping in Phasels Wood and the 1st Warners End Scouts went camping in Lees Wood in Chandlers Cross. The Explorer Scouts went on a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice weekend in Bucks.

The events came a week after the Hemel Hempstead District Scouts took part in a hike, auction and quiz night to raise funds for future scouting adventures.

There were 30 cubs, scouts, leaders, parents and two dogs taking part in the 12km hike, which took four hours and raised £300.

The 1st Leverstock Green Scouts held its annual 50:50 Auction, where donated items are sold. Their owners keep half of their sale price and the rest goes to the scouts. The event, which has been going for about 30 years, raised £800.

The 2nd Hemel Hempstead Scouts held a quiz night and raised £550.

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