Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.
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.
Beavers is the perfect introduction to Scouting, and a great way for young people to start socialising and going out and doing new things.
What Beavers do
Our Beavers Scouts play an active role in the group and regularly attend group and district events that allow them to get a feel for what is ahead in Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts whilst enjoying themselves along the way.
Much like the other sections, Beavers are able to take part in both group and district activities, games and residential experiences in order to achieve challenge and activity badges. Ultimately the goal is for a Beaver to complete his/her chief Scout’s Bronze Award before moving on to the Cubs section.
Our Beavers are encouraged to go away to sleepovers with the colony, where they are able to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities along with the other members of the section. For lots of Beavers these tend to be their first opportunities to spend a night away from home and can be their first steps towards becoming independent individuals as they start to grow up. More than anything however, they get to go outdoors and have a great time!
Your Investiture is a special ceremony where you officially become a Beaver Scout. All of the Leaders and the other Beavers in your Colony will be at your Investiture. You can also invite your family and some friends along if you want to.
Promise, Law and Motto
To become a Beaver Scout you will make the promise in front of the colony.
We ask that all beavers try to learn their promise off-by-heart, as it is important they they try their best to live by it, but you can ask to repeat the promise after a leader. During our activities we try to give you a better understanding of how you can live up to the promise.
Beaver Scout Promise*: “I promise that I will do my best to be kind and helpful and to love God”
Beaver Scout Motto: “Be prepared”
*For different religious beliefs or for foreign nationals living in the UK there are alternate promises.
The Scout Handshake
The tradition was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. When he was a soldier in Africa, he saw lots of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields. He noticed that it was a sign of great trust to offer your left hand when shaking hands. This was because you had to put down your shield, and leave the other person holding their spear.
The Scout Salute
The Scout Salute is made with the right hand. It is used during the opening ceremony on Colony night and also at other special times – such as when you are presented with a badge.
The Scout Sign
The Scout Sign is made the same as the salute except that you hold your right hand at shoulder height instead of putting it up to you head. It is used when you make your promise during your investiture and whenever you are renewing your promise.
The badges below will be awarded for you at your investiture to sew onto your uniform.
Every Scout Group has a scarf in its own special colours. Our scarf is Maroon, with a Gold and Black border.
The colony is split into different lodges and you will be identified by a coloured woggle (Blue, Red, Yellow) which you'll receive at your investiture.
Moving on to Cubs
When moving on from the Beaver Colony to the Cub Pack you will need to transfer several badges onto the new uniform before investiture. Many Beavers will transfer all their other badges to a camp blanket. Some Beavers wish to keep their uniform with all the badges they’ve earned on them. If so, you may purchase these badges again.
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