Sunday, December 04, 2016

October exec meeting minutes

The minutes from October's exec meeting are now available to view in the Public Files > minutes section of this site.

Monday, November 14, 2016

A message from our secretary

November is an important month for everyone involved in Crofton  scouting as we paid our respects to those who have been involved in or affected by conflict or war, whether veteran  or civilian. One two of the Sunday's running up to Remembrance Day the older scout section supported the Normanton rotary  club who collect for the British Legion  by selling poppies at junction 32. The scouts helped to raise a substantial amount of money  and many shoppers commented on how much they valued our young people 'doing their bit'.

On 13th November we had a good representation from all three sections ( beavers, cubs and scouts) at the annual Crofton church service. In conjunction with parishioners and members of the general public we flew our flags high and marched from the church to the war memorial before maintaining the two minutes silence. This event and the annual St. Georges day parade are compulsory events for our members and we always hope for a good turn out. Of course we cannot force our members to attend so it is always uplifting to see so many of our members turning out on a cold and often wet ( although not this year!) November morning to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the local community. Their presence also showshow the scouting association helps our members to grow into caring, compassionate and considerate individuals.

If anyone reading this article heard the British Legion adverts this year, you will have noticed that the campaign focused on young veterans who had taken part in more recent conflicts. Their words were spoken by veterans of World War II and several of the adverts shared the effects that their experiences had had on their mental health. In the same month the results of a research study involving 10,000 adults was published,  which demonstrated that young people involved in scouting went onto maintain better mental health as adults. This was believed to be due  the resilience that the individuals developed in response to the challenges they faced and the skills they developed. In this day and age when 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our lives, it is enlightening to hear of the positives that scouting can bring to our members. For as the British Legion  campaign demonstrated,  even the strongest and most fearless of us sometimes need help and support to maintain our health and wellbeing , not just on the outside but on the inside too.

Yours in scouting
Joanna Burton
Crofton scout group secretary

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Remembrance Service 13.11.16

Great turn out from Beaver's, Cubs and Scouts for today's Remembrance Service.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

2016 AGM Minutes and End Of Year Accounts 2015-2016

The minutes from the recent AGM and our End Of Year Accounts (2015-2016) are now available in the Public Files section of this site.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

January 2016 Exec committee minutes

The minutes from the January 2016 Exec committee meeting are available to view here.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

2nd Crofton Cubs

2nd Wakefield (Crofton)


The Cub Scouts is for boys and girls aged 8 - 10 ½ and offers a wide range of activities. It’s a great way for them to build their self-confidence and meet new friends.


The Cub Scout Pack usually meet indoors during the winter months and for the rest of the year we try to get out & about in parks and woodland.


Our Cub Scout meetings are planned to be exciting, challenging & rewarding, often noisy and always FUN!


Our programme to the Easter break includes working towards a musician and skills badge, first aid training, team games, Easter crafts, church visit, and a trip to the West Yorkshire Astronomy Society.


If you think your child might be interested, or you are interested in helping us as a parent helper or section assistant, please email us for details at the address below.



Yours In Scouting,




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crofton Beacon entry for January

Crofton Scout Troop returned on November 5th, meeting at Calder Drift – the District campsite. The Scouts gathered wood. Larger pieces were sawed into pieces by the Scouts before they assembled a campfire. The evening was finished off with hot dogs and cake.
During the lead up to Remembrance Day Crofton Scouts, its Leaders and a number of parents assisted the Rotary Club of Normanton with the sale of poppies for the Royal British Legion. A member of the Rotary Club of Normanton visited on the 12th of November to talk to Crofton Scouts about their involvement with The Philippines Community Fund. Crofton Scouts were shown a number of items including jewellery and bags made from ring pulls, by children supported by The Philippines Community Fund.
A large proportion of Crofton Scouts, Cubs and Beavers turned out for the Remembrance Day service at All Saints Church, and afterwards paraded up to the War memorial.
Crofton Scouts spent an evening, in their patrols, building “chairs” from staves and rope. Once completed a series of races were undertaken with each patrol carrying a member of their patrol.
Crofton Scout Group held its Group Christmas party on the 12th of December which included a visit from Santa. Crofton Scouts held their own Christmas event at LazerZone at Xscape, before breaking up for the Christmas holidays.

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 (