Sunday, April 19, 2015

Crofton Beacon Entry April 2015

Thursdays 7pm-9pm at Shay Lane Primary School

The three months from New Year have seen the Scouts learning and refreshing map skills. We have concentrated on compass bearings and both 4 and 6 figure grid references. The Scouts have also been completing the requirements necessary to gain their Emergency aid Level 1and Level 2 badges. Dry evenings have allowed for two troop nights to be spent at Sharlston Dam playing Wide Games. The Scouts have also been able to enjoy a games evening.and a thought provoking finish to the Global Challenge badge work, in which they had to consider to whom they would give a last remaining Shelterbox.

We have camped on three occasions in the last two months. The February chill did not put off a number of scouts from attending the Winter Camp at Bradley Wood. The Wakefield District Night Hike took place a week later. In March ten Scouts spent a weekend on the narrow boat The Jubilee Venture. A good time was had by all despite the water level on River Calder being too high to navigate at times. Some time was spent at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

Scouting is open to girls and boys aged 10 and a half to 14.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

December Exec meeting minutes

The minutes from December's Exec meeting have been added to the Public Files section of our website in Minutes > 2014.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Christmas Greetings

It is nearly Christmas and the Crofton Scout Group is busy getting into the festive spirit. We have a trip for the Beavers to meet Santa down the Mine (I wonder if he will find his way out in time for the most important year in his calendar?) and for the Scouts to Xscape. The Cubs section will be looking forward to joining the Beavers at  the annual Christmas party which is always great fun. 
And then the Leaders will take a well earned break in readiness for the New Year and planning even more great activities for the sections to take part in. 

The executive committee will be continuing to support the running of the group and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Chairperson Jacqui Lund,  whose commitment  and enthusiasm is always very much appreciated and valued. Welcome too to our new exec committee members, Claire, Bianca, Dee and Richard. 

We always welcome new members to the group although there may at times be a waiting list for certain sections; this is a testimony to how well the group is run and how popular it is with the young people of Crofton, Sharlston and surrounding area.   

We are currently looking to recruit some willing volunteers to coordinate the fundraising that we have to do in order to keep our group financially viable. If you are interested please contact

Wishing you all a very merry christmas and happy new year

Yours in scouting and on behalf of Crofton Scout Group

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Aldwark Water Adventure 2014

Aldwark Water Adventure 2014

63 Scouts from Troops all over Wakefield descended on Aldwark over the weekend of 26th to 28th September 2014. On the Friday night the Night Hike started off the weekend before supper. 

On Saturday morning the Scouts were split into four groups so they could work towards the Basic Nautical Skills badge or their Nautical Skills badge. In these groups the Scouts who were going for Basic Nautical Skills practiced land based skills around the parts of boats and throw lines. The Scouts then moved onto the water in canoes and kayaks.  Some practiced their paddling skills with games and activities and others just wanted to fall in!! 
 The Scouts going for their Nautical Skills built rafts out of barrels and rope and took part in a river trip in canoes. Saturday evening the Scouts and leaders practiced their knotting skills, had a go at making paracord turkshead woggles and for the first time practiced with some Bosons Pipes.
On the Sunday morning the main aim of the day was for everyone to try a different craft from what they tried the day before and also to have a go at capsizing in a kayak.

Most Scouts who attended gained either their Basic Nautical Skills badge or Nautical Skills badge and had a fun and enjoyable time whilst trying. The Scout section would like to thank members of the Scout Active Support Unit for their support with the catering at the camp and also the crew at Aldwark for creating and running such an adventurous program for the weekend.