Beavers

Beavers are our youngest members, ages 6-8. They meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.

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.

A group of Beavers is called a Colony, and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges.

We have three Beaver Colonies – Leopard Moth (Monday), Tiger Moth (Thursday) and Hawk Moth (Friday). We meet at the Scout HQ at 4.45-5.45pm.

A full programme is produced for each term and includes trips out, visitors, creativity, and games. See the programme of events for each Beaver colony.

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 her if you would like to buy one.

What do Beavers do?

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, a closing ceremony and a prayer. After notices, letters and any pictures/models have been returned, the Beavers line up at the door and are only allowed to leave when their parent or nominated adult collects them.

What do Beavers need to know?

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 God.
Motto: Be prepared

What badges can Beavers earn?

Over the course of two years, Beavers will have the opportunity to gain a number of badges. The Beaver Leader will endeavour to plan the programme to allow each Beaver to gain an appropriate number of Challenge and Activity badges. For information on any of the badges, and what needs to be done to earn them, please look at the Scouts website.

The highest achievement is to gain the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This is awarded after gaining all six Challenge awards. This badge can be proudly worn on the cub uniform after transfer.

See the Scouts website for a diagram of where the badges need to go.

Badge Sewing support

Jackie Cheeseman, a grandparent of a scout in Typhoon Air Scout Troop, has offered to sew badges onto beaver and cub jumpers and scout and leader shirts. She will charge 50p per badge and has very generously offered to donate the sums that she raises to the Scout Troop to support their programme. Simply arrange to take her the garment and badges and provide your name and contact details so she can 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.