Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crofton Beacon Entry

September saw the Troop start back after the summer holidays with a Games night and several new members, bringing numbers up to 18 with a Senior Patrol Leader. This required the splitting of two patrols into three patrols and the awarding of patrol leader and assistant patrol leader to several Scouts. Skip brought the Group some new tents, which enabled our Scouts to spend an evening improving their tent pitching skills. The Troop has also spent an evening at Walton Colliery Park geocaching with a decent level of success at finding the caches, considering the dark. The end of September swelled the Troop numbers to 21 members, with a number of investitures. We attended the District Water Activities Camp at Aldwark, where our Scouts had the opportunity to partake in a night hike, cycling, canoeing and kayaking. A lot of fun was had by all who attended, although some got wetter than others. Most of the scouts that attended were awarded their Basic Nautical Skills Activity Badge.

October brought the opportunity to work on basic map skills with the Troop spending an evening in Crofton navigating using compass bearings. The walk concluded with a visit to a chip shop. As part of the Community Challenge Badge a number of Scouts took part in a litter pick down at The Sidings. The troop has also been working towards the Global Challenge Badge with a couple of evenings focused on international issues including Fairtrade and www.shelterbox.org

Coming up we have an evening during which the Scouts will have the opportunity to partake in a Night Line Assault course and indoor caving, the Group bonfire night, and Remembrance Day Parade. We hope as many Scouts will attend the Parade as possible.

Scouting is open to girls and boys aged 10 and a half to 14. For more information please contact David Hodgkinson (skip@croftonscouts.org.uk).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014

September sees the start of the new scouting term for all members, new and old.  Beavers, cubs and scouts will be looking forward to enjoying a wide range of activities, including narrow boat trips, camping and craft activities. The leaders and young leaders spend a long time ( and a lot of energy) planning the activity programmes and are very grateful for the help and support offered by parents and helpers on either a regular or ad hoc basis and volunteers are most  welcome.

September is also the time for our Annual General Meeting and you are invited to attend.  This year it will be held
on Wednesday 24th September at 7pm @ The Sidings, Shay Lane, Crofton, This is a chance for scouts, cubs, beavers,  parents, helpers and members of the general public to hear about what the group has been doing over the past year, for us to present our financial report and for members to be voted onto the executive committee. If you are interested in taking more of a 'backseat' role but would still like to support the young people of Crofton, Sharlston and surrounding area then perhaps a place on our exec committee is for you. We are currently in the need of parent representation on our committee.

If you would like more information on volunteering as either a leader or helper or would like to join the exec committee then please get in touch. And it goes without saying that  any young people out there aged 6-14 who would like to join our vibrant and active group are very, very welcome.

Scout Leaders Ice Bucket Challenge

As the Ice Bucket challenge fever is taking hold, our scout leaders didn't escape the nominations and  take their turn at getting a little wet, although some a little more dramatic then others.  Full videos can be viewed on the gallery pages.

All for a good cause, if feel like donating some cash for a worthy cause visit: http://www.mndassociation.org/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Challenge 14 Central Yorkshire County Camp


Wow Wow Wow, what an amazing camp.  Over 3700 scout members from Central Yorkshire camped at Bramham Park for an unforgettable camp.  Friday night Cubs and Scouts had a traditional fun fair for entertainment, all rides for free including Free hot dogs.  During the night (whilst some were sleeping!!) the fun fair was cleared away and the activities set up for the Saturday & Sunday.  What an amazing and varied amount of activities they had to choice from, here are just a few I can remember: Zip Wire , Water slide , Segways, Bouncy castles, Bouncy castle slides, high ropes course, abseiling, grass sledges, SCOUT SKILLS, Bush tucker trail, bush craft skills, handmade crafts, rodeo bull, driving simulator, cave bus, human table football, fire engine visit with demonstration, water maze, mountain bikes, bouldering wall, crate stacking, log saw challenge, shooting, archery, and much much more.... these are just the once I can remember.

A big thank you to all our young members who attended, their attitude, behaviour and enthusiasm made this a very enjoyable camp.  A big thank you goes out to all our adult leaders and helpers, from those who came to help pack trailers, pitch tents the night before and who stayed over the weekend, you know who you are and we couldn't have done it with out you.  An even bigger thank you to the county team who organised this event for our members, young and old, to enjoy, we will see you at Challenge 2017.

See our Gallery for more photos, here are a few..........

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scouts update

Our action packed programme over the last two months included archery, learning fire lighting skills, cooking on open fires, orienteering at Newmiller Dam. We have also camped twice, once at Silverwood Campsite and with the Beavers and Cubs at the Challenge 14 Central Yorkshire County Scout Camp at Bramham Park, where our Scouts took part in activities such as ZipWire, riding a Segway, skinning rabbits,Abseiling, High Ropes, Crafts, Climbing, Water Slides and enjoyed fireworks and a funfair.

Scouting is open to girls and boys aged 10 and a half to 14.

For more information please contact David Hodgkinson (skip@croftonscouts.org.uk). 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Challenge 14 County Camp

Crofton Scout Group are proud to be attending the Central Yorkshire County Camp, Challenge 14.  Over the weekend 3000 scout members are expected to be attending from Central Yorkshire, for a huge range of fun and adventures activities to take part in.
Our camp will be made of 43 young members, made up from 12 Beavers, 15 Cubs and 16 Scouts all to attend this fantastic weekend.
Lets hope the sun shines!!!