Grafton is a Scout District in Northamptonshire that is the result of the merger of the Castle Ashby and Hazelborough Districts.
Grafton is one of six Scout Districts in Northamptonshire, catering for young people between the ages of 6 and 25 with a total membership of around 1,300, and growing.
Scouting in the UK provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for half a million young people (including 60,000 girls). Internationally over 28 million young people and 4 million adult volunteers enjoy the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries.
Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing,’ when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.
Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.
The District is made up of 17 Scouts Groups (which includes a Sea Scout Group recognised by the Royal Navy), A Young Leader Unit, 4 Explorer Scout Units and a District Network provision which cater for young persons from the age of six upwards:
- Squirrels (aged 4 – 6yrs)
- Beavers (aged 6 – 8yrs)
- Cubs (8 – 10.5yrs)
- Scouts (10.5 – 14yrs)
- Explorer Scouts (14-18yrs)
The District covers the South Northamptonshire area with groups ranging from Cogenhoe to Middleton Cheney and Pattishall to Deanshanger.
Spotley Wood Campsite
The District also operates our very own campsite based in Spotley Wood.