The Wakefield District turned out in force for the annual St. George’s Day Parade and service last Sunday. There was a good turnout from all sections with an attendance of over 600 members of the Scout Association plus the family and friends who found that it was “standing room only” in the Cathedral.
During the service special awards were made to several members of the District. David Pontin received his 50 years’ service award; Nigel Le Page, District Chairman, received his 40 years’ service award and District Commissioner, Mal Ayers, received the Silver Acorn for his years of distinguished service to Scouting.
Our congratulations and thanks go to the award recipients and to the many Leaders of the District for their continued service to Scouting in Wakefield.
Thank you to all members of Crofton Scout Group who turned out to support their group for this important annual event.
Cubs from Crofton took part in the Wakefield Scout Districts 'Cub Canoeing Day' at Pugneys Country Park. A great day of fun for all the Cubs, a big thank you to the organisers for this fab event. In total approximately 110 Cubs took part from the Wakefield district.
Browse our gallery for more photos of the event: http://croftonscouts.smugmug.com/2015/Cubs-go-Kayaking/
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Wishing you all a very merry christmas and happy new year
Yours in scouting and on behalf of Crofton Scout Group
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.
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.