Introduction to Beaver Scouts
Beaver Scouts are generally aged between 6 and 8 years old. There is some flexibility in this core age range: young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between ages 7½ and 8½. Scouting can even extend this, for example due to a young person’s additional needs and or a disability.
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour and 15 minutes per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout sleepover with their friends.
Going to Beavers is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, Beaver Scouts are encouraged to understand the world by exploring, playing and doing.
The most important skills Beavers learn are the ones that will make them feel super strong standing on their own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.
Beavers work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend try something new, they always lend a hand.
About Beaver Scouts
The Beaver Colony
The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. A Beaver Colony may be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. There are normally 6 Beaver Scouts in a Lodge, the same principle as the Sixes in Cubs and Patrols in the Scout Troop. Lodges can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Beaver Scout Colony. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Beaver Scouts to gather at points before, during or after the Colony meeting. Given sufficient demand (and helpers) we can have more than one Colony, if it is appropriate to do this.
Beavers spend lots of time outside with their Colony. Together, they might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or host a Beaver sleepover beneath the stars, whatever a Beaver Scout does they are guaranteed plenty of adventures on their doorstop, being a Beaver is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.
Beaver Scouts enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, exploring their local community and experiencing the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends. During their time in the Colony, Beaver Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities. Participation, rather than meeting set standards, is the key approach, and there are a range of badges and challenge awards that Beaver Scouts can gain in recognition of their achievements.
Scouting is open to all young people, regardless of their mental or physical ability. We can usually arrange things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, have a chat with your leader. By being upfront from the start, parents and carers can work in partnership with the colony leaders to make sure their young person has the best experience Scouting can offer.
Many young people will require some special consideration to enable them to fully participate in all Scouting activities. By identifying an individual’s additional need and providing them with appropriate support, we can include more young people in Scouting.
Some additional needs are not immediately obvious (behavioural problems such as ADHD and learning difficulties), these are referred to as hidden disabilities. Scouting provides a range of resources available to help us include young people with particular needs in our Group.