What is Beaver Scouting?
Beaver Scouts belong to the first and youngest section in the Scouting family. Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.
Some Beaver Scout Colonies also organise Sleepovers. These are often the first time a young person spends a night away from home. They take place in suitable buildings, often Scout centres.
Who can be a Beaver?
Any young person aged between 5 years 9 months and 8 years can be a Beaver. Membership of Scouting UK is voluntary and is open to any person, regardless of faith, race, culture, nationality or any other circumstance, provided they are able to understand and willing to make or work towards making the Promise.
Beavers make this simple Promise that they share with members around the world:
“I promise that I will do my best to be kind and helpful and to love God”
How often do they meet?
Beaver Colonies meet regularly, usually once a week during school terms. There are often other opportunities for Beavers to take part in special activities and events throughout the year. Some units organise overnight sleepovers for the Beavers.
What do Beavers need?
For the first few meetings your child needs nothing to experience the fun of being a Beaver. When it comes time for your child to become a member of Scouting UK then they will only need the turquoise sweatshirt, available from the Norfolk Trading Post. However, there is a range of clothing to choose from, including activity trousers and Beaver t-shirts.
The Aim of Beaver Scouting is to:
- Have a lot of fun
- Try lots of new things
- Play games
- Make friends
- Explore the local area
This is achieved by delivering a balanced programme at Colony meetings, which is mainly geared towards joining in and meeting challenges. Activities run include the following themes, offering both indoor and outdoor activity:
– Exploring the world around us
– Meeting people
– Caring for others
– Creative and practical skills
– Health and Fitness
– How do things work?
– Scout craft
– Environmental issues
– Going on visits
On attending and taking part in these programme activities, Beavers earn themselves points towards Challenge badges that link to the above subjects.
For each year your child has been a member of the Colony they will also gain a “Joining In Award”. This award will also continue into Cubs.
The adults who run a Beaver colony are unpaid volunteers who have completed Scouting training. They are usually helped by a team of other young people or adults, such as:
- a Young Leader aged 14 or over.
- a Unit Helper: an adult who regularly helps at unit meetings.
- other adult helpers who are willing to help occasionally: usually parents of Beavers.
Scouting recommends for the Beaver age group that there is at least one adult for every six children. There are always at least two adult leaders in any Beaver Colony regardless of the number of girls. For some activities or events, such as sleepovers, more adult helpers are needed.
- Beaver Scout Leader : Mark Thurston
- Assistant Beaver Scout Leader : Sue Elmes
- Assistant Beaver Scout Leader : Penny Butler
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Times: 6pm – 7.15pm (Monday)
If you would like to add your child’s name to the waiting list please complete the Beaver Application Form and submit as instructed. If you have already registered your child’s name and wish to check the current status, please contact the relevant leader with your child’s name and date of birth.
Beavers AGM Presentation 2014