‘The best thing we did was swim in the rain. I wasn’t even sure we were allowed to, but it was brilliant! I mean we were wet anyway, so I guess it didn’t matter too much about the weather.’
Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.
Children join a Beaver Scout Colony for many reasons. It might be they have heard great things from their friends about all the things your Colony gets up to every week. Perhaps parents or carers are keen for them to join. Whatever their reasons, whether or not they stay will be down to you and your team, and the weekly programme you provide.
District Beaver’s Report
It has been another busy year for the District Beavers. We started with a very good turn out for St George’s Day parade. The youngsters enjoy parading through Stowmarket and feel very proud of their blue uniform. The summer term saw all our groups having a very active outside programme and utilizing Haughley Park when available. The older beavers also joined the Cubs on their Cub fun night at Haughley Park, and despite the cold and damp conditions in May good fun was had by all. Again this is a great link we have with the Cub section and gives the Beavers a taster of life as a Cub. We were again invited to cub camp with our very oldest beavers. We took 7 Beavers who were at first very bemused with the theme ‘Christmas in June’. However a fantastic time was had by all and they certainly participated in the spirit of the camp. We are hoping that we will see most of these Beavers on camp this year as Cubs. We must thank the District Cub team for their enthusiasm for having beavers on camp and encouraging our transition links. At the end of the summer we said goodbye to some of our Leaders and thank them for their efforts and commitment whilst being at Beavers. Unfortunately some of our colonies are lacking leaders and although we really appreciate all that is being done for these colonies more leaders are definitely needed. In September we began to organise another of our district outings, this time to Duxford Air Museum. On Saturday 19th October we took 2 coaches to Duxford and spent a very good, informative and tiring day. Everyone enjoyed it and all those who attended gained their air activities badge. We ended another year with the annual carol concert at St Peter & St Mary’s Church in Stowmarket. We started 2014 off with another badge day. We all met at the Blackbourne, Elmswell in March and did various creative activities to help the Beavers gain their Creative Challenge badge. The Beavers continue to work hard and gain badges and lots have been awarded their Bronze Chief Scout Award which is very pleasing. We thank the leaders of each colony in providing a balanced programme for them to achieve this highest award. We look forward to another fun packed but busy year ahead.
Sam Hayward District Beaver Scout Leader
The Beaver Scout Promise is
I promise to do my best
to be kind and helpful,
and to Love God
Click on the link below and then clink on the badge image to find out the requirements.
- Beaver Core Badges
- Beaver Activity Badge
- Beaver Staged Activity Badges
- Beaver Partnership Awards
- Beaver Challenge Award