Beavers

6-8, Scouting's youngest section, giving a start in the huge range of activities we have to offer

Beavers

Beavers are young people aged 6 to 8 who:
  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, on their own doorstops and beyond

Every week, they gather in Beaver Colonies to enjoy lots of different games and activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.

They also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.

We have two Beaver Colonies:


Leopard Moth: Monday - 5-6pm


Over the last few years the Leopard Moth Beavers have got up to all sorts of adventures including:

Whacky Olympics – A huge sports day overnight camp with other groups from the district, we did welly throwing, tomahawk throwing, water rockets, group camp out and sing a long!

RAF Odiham – Learning about aircraft, how wings work, going in helicopters and fire engines

Farnborough Air Services Trust – Learning about the history of aviation and going in simulators

Jump-boree – Staying overnight in a trampoline park with all the bouncing we could handle!

Overnight Camps – Staying out in tents and camping in our headquarters with our friends

Music – We had fun playing all kinds of percussion instruments for an evening, my ears are still ringing

Can Pancakes – Cooking pancakes on top of cans for pancake day

First Aid – learning what to do in an emergency and making sure we knew how to bandage teddy if they got hurt

Disability awareness – learning about different disability, meeting a guide dog and learning to sign the Beaver promise in BSL

Food of the world – We went on a food hike around our headquarters trying different foods from around the world that parents had prepared and also learning about the festivals and traditions they relate to

Digital maker – We visited the Apple store and learned how to create things online

Astronomy – The Cody Astronomical Society came to visit and showed us their telescopes and helped us to learn about the planets, stars and constellations

Food and Kitchen safety – We learned how to be safe in kitchens while cooking food

Waterfight – each year we have a huge water fight and water games with water balloons and water pistols!

Hikes – We are so lucky that our headquarters is in such a beautiful part of the world, we go on lots of hikes to explore the nature around us

Zoom sessions – During the pandemic we have had lots of sessions using Zoom, these often contain scavenger hunts, active games and work towards our badges.

The two colonies are now running a parallel programme, with Tiger Moth going through Leopard Moth’s activities each week.

Tiger Moth: Thursday - 5-6pm


Over the last few year the Tiger Moth Beavers have got up to all sorts of adventures including:

Jump-boree – Staying overnight in a trampoline park with all the bouncing we could handle!

Overnight Camps – Staying out in tents and camping in our headquarters with our friends

First Aid – learning what to do in an emergency and making sure we knew how to bandage teddy if they got hurt

Digital maker – We visited the Apple store and learned how to create things online

Hikes – We are so lucky that our headquarters is in such a beautiful part of the world, we go on lots of hikes to explore the nature around us

Zoom sessions – During the pandemic we have had lots of sessions using Zoom, these often contain scavenger hunts, active games and work towards our badges.

The two colonies are now running a parallel programme, with Tiger Moth going through Leopard Moth’s activities each week.


What do Beavers do?

Our Beaver Colonies

Evenings usually begin with a quick game and registration. Meetings are a mix of games, craft work, quizzes, drama, drawing, singing, visits and visitors etc. The programme is kept varied and challenging and, above all, fun. No two meetings are ever the same.

At the end of the meeting we usually have a final game and a closing ceremony. Beavers are encouraged to take anything they have built through the evening’s event home with them to show off to parents, siblings, and friends.

Exploring the great outdoors

You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Colony. Together, you might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or take part in a Beaver sleepover beneath the stars. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstop, because being a Beaver is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Trying new activities and learning new things

Going to Beavers is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, you’ll figure the world out by exploring, playing and doing.

The most important skills you’ll learn at Beavers are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Helping others

Beavers work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new on a rainy night, they always lend a hand.

Badges and Awards

Over the course of two years, Beavers will have the opportunity to gain a number of badges, from Space to Cook’s, Creative to Experiments, and many more. There’s plenty of activities to keep Beavers engaged and learning during their time in Scouts.

The ultimate goal for every Pack is to give each Beaver the opportunity to earn the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.

This is the highest award a Beaver can earn, and it’s something you work on gradually throughout your whole time in the section. To get your hands on one, you’ll need to complete all of the Challenge Awards, as well as any four Activity Badges of your choice (including Staged Activity Badges).

Please click these links for further information about badges and awards for the Scout section.

This Scout HQ page gives the placement template for all of the uniform badges for Scouts.

Badge Sewing support

Jackie Cheeseman, a grandparent of a former scout in our Group, will sew badges onto beaver and cub jumpers and scout and leader shirts. She charges 50p per badge and very generously donates all she raises to our Group. Simply arrange to take her the garment and badges and Jackie will let you know when they are ready, and pay cash on collection. Please contact us to make initial contact with Jackie if you don’t know her phone number and address. She sews badges for any child or leader in any scout group, brownie or guide unit, indeed anybody. Spread the word!

Beaver Scout Promise

At their investiture Beavers should know the Beaver Scout promise and know and understand the Scout Motto, Sign and Handshake. They should attend sufficient meetings to get to know the other Beavers in their Lodge and the Leaders. The Beaver Scout Log Book contains all the information needed in a very readable format and is available from the district shop.

Promise: I promise that I will do my best, to be kind and helpful, and to love the World.

Click here for alternative Promises

What do Beavers wear?

Uniform consists of a turquoise sweatshirt and navy blue trousers. In the summer, navy blue shorts can be worn instead.

These items should be purchased from our district shop in Crondall, as the small amount of profit goes back into local scouting, and can be worn immediately, although new joiners can wear their own clothes for the first couple of weeks. The shop is open Saturday mornings 10am-12pm during term time. After about five weeks, new joiners are invested at a formal ceremony and the gold and scarlet group scarf, woggle and badges are presented.

A gold Group T-shirt is available from our T-shirt distributor, and is often worn in place of the Scout shirt in warm weather or instead of the formal uniform during games or outdoor activities. Please email them at 100ehsgclothing@gmail.com if you would like to buy one.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls