Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 AGM Minutes and End Of Year Accounts 2014-2015

The minutes from the recent AGM and our End Of Year Accounts (2014-2015) are now available in the Public Files section of this site.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Crofton Beacon entry for October

After the long summer holidays Crofton Scouts began their autumn programme with a ‘quiet’ evening playing games to ease everyone back in. The following week took us out onto the streets of Crofton a scavenger hunt. Wolves patrol triumphed with a completed list, closely followed by Lions patrol. A trip around Crofton is never complete without ending up at the chip shop, the most important item on the list to find.
The annual Wakefield District Water Weekend at Aldwark was attended by ten of Crofton’s Scouts. Some had been several times, but for a number it was their first visit, and hopefully not their last. The weather on the Saturday was inclement to say the least, however all the Scouts who attended kayaked, canoed and cycled despite it.
Crofton Scouts gained a few new Scouts moving up from Cubs before the end of the summer term, so spent an evening completing a variety of games and activities in order to help new and older Scouts to learn and think about the Scout Law and Promise.
Most recently, the Scouts have been making pop bottle rockets, which we have started testing out.

Thank you to all parents, family members and friends who attended the Crofton Scout Group’s AGM on September 24th. Your support is always appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed seeing a little of what we do.

Scouting is open to boys and girls aged 10 ½ to 14.

If you are interested in volunteering with, or joining Crofton Scouts please contact David Hodgkinson for more information (

Friday, July 17, 2015

Crofton Beacon Entry (July issue)

Since Crofton Scouts’ last entry in April it has been a busy few months. After the Easter holidays we had a trip to the Tesco Supermarket in Hemsworth, where the Scouts had a behind the scenes tour of various areas within the store, as part of the Tesco ‘Farm to Fork’ program. We sampled a variety of different fruits and cheeses, handled some fresh fish and got to see how they make all the bread. Most of the group turned out for the St. George’s Day parade in Wakefield.

In May we went to the district camp site at Calder Drift and did some fire lighting. The Scouts then got to do some backwards cooking on the fires. They also built some shelters using poles, rope and sheeting at one meeting, and went orienteering at Newmiller Dam another evening.

After half term in June Crofton Scouts spent an evening geocaching in the fields around Warmfield. Although neither group were as successful as they’d have liked at finding the geocaches, a pleasant evening was had none the less. We spent a second evening at Newmiller Dam where the Scouts had to navigate between several tasks, by themselves. An evening was spent playing various ball games including rounders, and the Scouts went cycling at Walton Country Park before finishing for the summer holidays by having a joint meeting, involving a lot of water and getting wet, with the Cubs.

A large group of Crofton Scouts attended the County Climbing weekend at Bramhope, at the beginning of June. We have also had a second trip on the district narrowboat The Jubilee Venture.

Sadly we bid farewell to some of the older Scouts who will be moving up to Explorers after the summer holidays.

Crofton Scout Group would like to thank everyone who helped during the process of us moving from the old Scout hut. Your assistance has been much appreciated.


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

 For more information please contact David Hodgkinson (

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sojourn Climbing Camp

Scouts from Crofton joined other scouts from the Central Yorkshire Scout County on the Sojourn Camp.  

Based at Bramhope Scout Camp Site, a great action packed weekend of climbing & abseiling all aimed around the Scout Climbers Badge, including Tower climbing, peg tower climbs, climbing ladder and Crag climbing at Alms Cliff Crags near Otley.  Other activities included, orienteering at Otley Chevin, Bouncy castles, rodeo bull, go-carts and archery.

More images are displayed in the Gallery area.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cubs - Road Safety Night

Cubs had a surprise visit of a rather large Truck as part of their Road Safety Night. 

More images in our 2015 gallery section.


St Georges Day Parade
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 go Canoeing

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.  

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Crofton Beacon Entry April 2015

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.
 For more information please contact David Hodgkinson (

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.