Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. They usually 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 will 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.
Founded in 1986, our youngest and newest section is Beaver Scouts. Beaver Scouts are organised in Beaver Colonies – and there are Colonies in all the towns and many villages across the Island so you’re never far from one. The Beaver Motto says it all: Friendship and Fun. And that’s what it’s all about: Making Friends and having Fun. But it’s not that simple: we make learning basic Scout skills fun too! Read on to find out more……
Friendship is part of the Beaver Motto and we make great use of teamwork to encourage friendship. Friends made in Scouting share experiences and many stay friends for life. Scouts are part of a world-wide family and have an instant source of friends wherever they may be in the world.
Our activities are based on a national program that’s designed to keep our Young People interested and help them to develop physically and emotionally. That program includes both indoor and outdoor activities and is adapted so that we can take advantage of the facilities and activities on offer on our amazing Island. With over 40 badges and awards to work for, some being supported by national companies such as Morrisons and Pets at Home, there’s always plenty for our Beavers to do. We put more emphasis on achieving personal development rather than meeting set targets so every Scout can be assured of making progress. If you really fancy a challenge… at least one of our Beavers earned EVERY badge and award.
Every Scout, from Beavers upwards, will take part in local projects, helping them to develop a strong sense of community. It may be stream or beach cleaning, or it may be singing Christmas carols at a residential home. Some of the work that Beavers start will continue to develop through Cubs, Scouts and beyond. And it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, at some point the Fun will creep in!
Beavers don’t do much camping…as such. But we have sleepovers in our Scout Headquarters and many groups have Family camps where Beavers and their parents can come camping too. Some of our Scout groups have their own campsites but most groups use our Corf campsite in Newtown Creek.
One of the main events in our County calendar is Beaveree. Beaveree is an annual event for………BEAVERS! Our District and County teams lay on an incredible weekend of Beaver fun and games. Inevitably, it involves fancy dress, backwoods cooking, campfire sing-songs and Beavers staggering home tired, messy and very, very happy! It’s also a chance for our Beavers to meet a very special Scout: Steve the Beave!
If you’re still not sure whether Beavers is for you, come and try out one of our regular meetings or look out for our Open Day at Corf Campsite and come and see some of the activities we get up to!
We’ve put together some more details about becoming a Scout, answering some of the questions which we often get asked by prospective Scout parents.