Hello Thames Chiltern!
In this edition, you will find details on what’s happening, what’s happened, and how to take advantage of us! We hope you enjoy this issue.

Dates for the Diary!

  • District Day at Youlbury -14th October 2023 (Leaders & Board of Trustees members)
  • Cross Country, at Stoke Row – 18th November 2023 (Beavers & Cubs)
  • Beavers Christmas Bash, RAF Benson – 09th December 2023
  • District Winter Camp at Youlbury – 19th January 2024 (Scouts & Explorers)
  • St Georges Day at Dorchester Abbey – 21 April 2024 (All sections)
  • 3 Bridges Hike – 27th April 2024 (All sections)

I would like to personally thank all those who have stepped forward to help get these terrific district events off the ground. If you would like to join the fun and get involved in our events, please get in touch with us. Many hands make light work. We have several vacancies within the district; if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch with me at More details on upcoming events can be found at events.

District Skills Day

Date TBC Spring 2024

We are looking to run a District Activity Skills Day for all leaders from any section to either learn new skills or refresh old ones. We will be running bases for each activity so you can join in the ones which you are interested in. Each module lasts approximately 1hr, refreshments will be available all day.

We hope to cover:

  • Bushcraft Knots
  • Lashings & Pioneering
  • Axe and Saw
  • Firelighting & Cooking
  • Camping (different types of tents)
  • Nights Away Activity Permits Risk Assessments

If there are any skills you would like to cover but aren’t included please email If you think you could help pass on any of these skills to other leaders please contact me. Regards, Andy

Recruitment help

Do you need more volunteers?

The Growth and Communities Team will be running an interactive and engaging workshop at Youlbury on the 14th of October 2023. They will be going through the tools, methods, and resources you could use to boost your teams. You’ll leave with the know-how and enthusiasm to grow Scouts in your communities and ensure your Group becomes sustainable for the foreseeable future.

We encourage everyone to come along, even if you already have lots of volunteers, if you are brand new to Scouts, or you just don’t know where to start with recruitment.

The more the merrier, so spread the word! Please sign up using this link:

Thank you ☺Jack

Take Advantage

The district has recently purchased a Film Licence, which you can use for your group. Our licence number is 646660

We are members of the National Trust. Any group/section within Thames Chiltern can visit under our membership number, which is 408750980

Unity is the official insurance broker for Scouts and is owned by Scouts. They can offer their knowledge and expertise to support your Scout group and meet your Scout insurance needs.

Thames Chiltern Winter Camp

19-21st January 2024

The District Team is excited to invite all Thames Chiltern Scout & Explorer Groups to a fun action packed Winter Camp at Youlbury.

Camp Theme: Scouting For Clues

Scout patrols will be encouraged to visit and participate in as many of the activities around the site they can and in the process, unlock clues to their secret message.

The winning patrol will be the most successful at deciphering their clues and unlocking the secret message.

All the on-site activities will be open all day for the scouts and explorers to use, there will be entertainment in the evening in the large marquee and prize giving and more activities on Sunday.

If your leaders do not have a camp permit you can still attend! All you need to do is let us know and we will ensure a permit holder looks after you.

The camp will cost £65.00 pp.

Catering will be provided for all groups on Saturday and Sunday

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit is required by 31st of October 2023.

We need your support to make this event a great success. A Leader from each group will be required to run a base on Saturday.

What better way to welcome in the New Year – come and enjoy the fun!

Please confirm your Scout and Explorer numbers by October 6th 2023 by emailing