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Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike
12/08/2019 By Martin Wesley

Greater London North Scout County is once again inviting all Scout teams from across Bedfordshire to participate in the annual Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike, taking place on Saturday 12th October 2019 in the Chiltern Hills. This event is open to any member of the Scout section born after 12th April 2005. The organising committee has a brand new school for this event which will again be close to a main line railway station. Once again there will be a Junior route of about 15kms and a Senior route of about 20kms. Both routes have been popular during the past few years. This year's routes will take participants through a completely different area of The Chilterns. The online entry database is up and running via our new website www.chiltern20.org/ Last year’s event sold out so don’t delay in entering teams which will again consist of between three to five young people. Keep reading for outdoor navigation training events are being organised for adults and young people, along with resources for Scouts to work towards Skills Challenge Award plus Hikes Away Activity Badge. Kind regards Fozzy (Chris Foster) Hon Secretary Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike Chiltern 20 Navigation Training 2019 With the Chiltern 20 approaching, The County Activities Team is running a number of practical workshops to help teams improve all aspects of their navigation skills. Workshops will be held at two venues: Martins Green (next to Danemead Scout campsite) and Trent Park for those who wish to use public transport. Dates/ Time: 8th September at Martins Green, 15th September at Trent Park, 21st September at Trent Park and 28th September at Martins Green. All will begin at 10am and finish around 1pm. Locations: Martins Green car park, Cock Lane, Broxbourne EN10, OS Explorer 174 ref- TL 347 077 OR Trent Park, EN4 0PS (near Cockfosters Tube). Cost: Free What should we bring? Waterproofs, outdoor clothes, outdoor footwear, snacks, drinks and a compass. OS Explorer 174 for Martins Green OR 173 for Trent Park if you have one, we can provide maps if not. We’ll be walking roughly 5 miles maximum. Who is it for? Chiltern 20 team navigators with an adult leader. In addition to the above sessions, we may be able to run evening sessions for your group, depending on availability. Contact me on the address below and we’ll do our best to help. If you have any general enquiries regarding the workshops, or to book places, please email Asa Kitchiner, GLN Activities Team at asa.kitchiner@gmail.comNavigation Walk and Talk Workshop, 31st August 2019, Tring Station. The County Mountaineering Team is running a ‘walk and talk’ workshop in the Chiltern Hills, aimed at leaders and adult helpers, with particular emphasis on providing navigation help and support for those with teams taking part in this year’s Chiltern 20. This is a chance for a gentle stroll in some beautiful scenery with the added benefit of having one of our team along to answer any questions you may have about maps, compasses and anything else you’d like to know about navigation. You will also have the chance to practice these techniques along the way. The workshop content is completely flexible and can cover anything which will help you to develop both your navigation skills, and your ability to teach navigation techniques to your group, whatever your level of experience. We will meet at Tring railway station at 11.30am and will be back there by 4.00pm. There is ample parking at the station and the times above have been chosen to help those travelling by train. More information from Asa Kitchiner, GLN Activities Team at asa.kitchiner@gmail.com

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Well done Flitwick Scout Group!
30/07/2019 By Martin Wesley

On 19 July, Flitwick Scouts were presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis. At an event held at the Rufus Centre, everyone was encouraged to try various activities ranging from learning about first aid to making and using a ballista. The event, also attended by UK Chief Commissioner for Scouts Tim Kidd, gave parents, carers and invited guests the opportunity to see the wide range of activities provided by the volunteers in the Group. When presenting the award, HM Lord Lieutenant emphasised the importance of youth organisations and the dedication given by all of the adults in the Group. Tim Kidd spoke about providing young people with skills for life from an early age and how Scouting had helped him build his confidence. He said, “It was truly a pleasure to come to this event. It’s a great Group, you should all feel proud.”

There are many more photographs at: https://flickr.com/photos/31810101@N04/sets/72157709749493932

For more details please contact Nigel Taylor: nigel.taylor14@ntlworld.com 

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America - here we come!
18/07/2019 By Martin Wesley

It's almost here! This weekend our contingent flies out to the USA to enjoy the 24th World Scout Jamboree and have the experience of a lifetime. Since 2017, the forty youth members and their four Leaders have been preparing for this moment, not just with skills but also raising all the money needed to fund them. Well done all of you! 

Looks like they are all in for an exciting time. Here is a brief overview of their itinerary:

  • 20th July – Meet Leslie Sell. Bus to Heathrow. Overnight stay at Rutgers University
  • 21st July – New York sightseeing day. Ferry to New Jersey. Coach to overnight stop (Shepherd Uni)
  • 22nd July – Travel to Summit Bechtel. Check-in to WSJ!
    • 23rd July – Opening ceremony
    • 24th July - Mount Jack Experience
    • 26th July – Cultural Celebration Day
  • 2nd August – Depart WSJ to Maryland Uni
  • 3rd August – Washington DC sightseeing day. Tri-nation celebration in evening
  • 4th August – Orioles Stadium for Baseball game
  • 5th August – Travel to Canada for HoHo (St Catharines, Ontario)
  • 6th August – Niagara Falls sightseeing day
  • 7th August – Camp Wetaskiwin Day
  • 8th August – Travel to USA. Flight from Newark 22:00 VS002 arrive 10:05 GMT
  • 9th August – Travel to Bromham. Home. Sleep?


Here's to three life-changing weeks of adventure!

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Queen's Scout Awards
29/04/2019 By Martin Wesley

Congratulations to those members of our County who attended the annual St George's Day event at Windsor Castle yesterday. You all look very smart and are a credit to us all.

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Welcome to our new website
12/02/2019 By Martin Wesley

We’ll be using the website to promote ourselves, recruit youth members and leaders, advertise events, keep you informed of our news and display our photo albums. 

It's very much a work in progress so please feel free to send us items to put on here, especially photographs to show how much fun we all have Scouting in Bedfordshire!

Keep visiting the website to stay up to date.

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