Headlines Express: May 2020

Date: 5th May 2020 Author: Emma Ball
Wow – it’s been a strange few weeks and whilst I’ve had a few days where I’ve found circumstances challenging I’m inspired and energised by the amazing things that have been going on across the County with many of you Scouting at home and enjoying the #GreatIndoors.  Thank you for everything you are doing in these difficult times. It’s encouraging that you continue to be here for our young people and that they are enjoying and embracing Scouting in a different way.  Thank you to all those who joined in with our Promise Renewal on St George’s Day. It was strange not knowing if I was speaking to one or hundreds of people but it was humbling to be able to lead the renewal and I am sure you will agree that our promise, along with our Scouting values have never been more important.
I’ve been amazed at those of you who joined in #CampAtHome and loved seeing the various dens, interesting places to camp and those of you who braved the elements in your gardens. It was amazing.  I’ve seen awesome things happening across the county from making masks, sending notes to care homes and posters saying thank you to key workers in your local community.  Keep going, as Scouts we really make a difference.  I am even amazed at some new recruits we’ve gained over the last few weeks and they are especially welcome to this amazing adventure of ours – even if the adventure starts at home for us at the moment.
I hope many of you will have joined the all member call run by HQ earlier this week. The Scout Association will be sending out their next update shortly which I hope will answer any questions you may have but please get in touch if you need any support or have any queries with which we can help more locally.
Thank you all you are doing and for regularly updating social media so our young people, leaders, supporters, parents and carers know what we are getting up to. It’s certainly a bright light and a great positive.  Thank you to all of you who are keeping the county rolling in your roles as key workers.  Many of you are working in the NHS, as carers, in front line delivery or other roles and we are all truly grateful for all you are doing.  For those of you who are not able to find the time to Scout at this time, I understand. Let others take the strain for a while and join in when you can.
Whatever you are doing and wherever you are, take care and stay safe.
Liz Walker
County Commissioner

St George’s Day
Thank you to everyone who joined Hertfordshire Scouts in renewing their Promise and clap for Key Workers, we had over 2,000 people join us on Facebook and Teams! Don’t worry if you missed it, it is available to view HERE
Our Districts also held their own St George’s Day celebrations:
Harpenden and Wheathampstead – Held a virtual St George’s Day Parade with Promise renewals via Zoom. They launched ‘Lock-down’ magazine, tyed friendship knots and had a District sing along of Crest of the Wave from Gang Show.
Hemel Hempstead – Renewed their promises via Zoom and streamed it Live via Facebook, to view click HERE
Hitchin – Created a video montage of their Promise renewals, to view click HERE
Letchworth and Baldock – Had a message from their DC, who led the District in their Promise renewals, to view click HERE 
Royston – Created a video montage of their Promise renewals, to view click HERE 
Ware and District – Did their Promise renewals virtually, they retold the story of St George and announced the winners of the Peter Geer trophy, congratulations 5th Ware. To view click HERE
Watford North – Held an online Promise renewal led by DC Dave Collette and his team to view click HERE

2020 Roll of Honours
St George was chosen to be the Patron Saint of Scouting. He embodied the qualities to which he wanted Scouts to aspire: faith, bravery and determination.
This St George’s Day we couldn’t celebrate how we would normally but Hertfordshire Scouts came together to renew their Promises in a different way, it is also a day to recognise volunteers with good service awards.
Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct
Douglas Cree
Silver Wolf
Simon Carter
Silver Acorn
David Rawlins
Liz Walker
Michael Reeve
Ronald Smith
Vivian Butcher
Wendy Tierney
For the full list of 2020 Roll of honours click HERE
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls