What are beavers?
Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months.
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. Usually we do this in July using our Scout Headquarters as a base.
When do Rayne Beavers meet?
We meet on Monday evenings between 6-7 in the evening. We always meet during school term time. If it’s a school holiday then we don’t meet.
What do we do?
We start and finish each meeting with a short ceremony. In the warmer months we often go outside for walks, explorations or outdoor games. We play a game at least once every evening (usually many more!) Often youngsters bring in an item from home, perhaps related to a hobby, and they speak to the rest of the Beavers about their item.
Occasionally, we join other Beaver Scouts in the area for visits to museums, Beaver activity and fun days and Panotmimes.
A lot of our activities relate to different badges that Beavers can attain. Gaining these seems to give the youngsters a good deal of pleasure and a feeling of accomplishment. By the time they leave us (usually after about two years) they may well qualify for the prestigious Chief Scouts Award (Bronze).
CLICK HERE for information about the various Beaver badges, many of which can be pursued at home.