Lepton Scout Group celebrates its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, April 15.

Group has gone from strength to strength over five decades

Lepton Scouts

Back in 1964 there was a Girl Guides section at Lepton Methodist Church on Wakefield Road but no Scouts.

Darrell Nash, a member of the congregation and previous Boys Brigade and Scout member, was asked by the minister at the time if he would start Scouts and on Wednesday, April 15 of that year, the first Scout troop in Lepton was formed.

It proved a great success with the boys taking part in various activities including camping, knots, cooking outdoors and lots of games.

After a few years a plot of land in the middle of Lepton was leased to the group by the council, a new headquarters was built by volunteers and the Scouts found themselves with a purpose-built hall to meet in.

Not long afterwards a Cub Pack began (eight to 10.5 years) ultimately followed by a Beaver Colony (six to eight years).

Over the years, the group has met with various fortunes but has soldiered on up to the present time.

Currently there is a thriving group, now open to both sexes, with all three sections being active in the community, having a great learning experience and best of all having lots of fun.

However, there are always vacancies for enthusiastic volunteers to help not only with the young people but also with background activities.

On Tuesday, April 15 the group is celebrating this milestone by having an open afternoon – 1pm to 6pm – and Darrell has agreed to come along and cut the celebratory cake.

Leaders would like to welcome:

* All past and current members of the group

* Members of the community who use or have used the hall over the years

* Anyone who has had any kind of involvement with the group

* Anyone who would like to know more about Scouting

* To come along for a chat and possible catch up, view photographs and activities old and new, have a cup of tea or coffee and piece of cake and see what the group is doing now.

The event will be held at the Scout headquarters, The Square, Highgate Lane, Lepton, Huddersfield, HD8 0HQ.

<a href = 'www.leptonscoutgroup.gov.uk'>www.leptonscoutgroup.gov.uk</a>

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