Beavers (6–8)

Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. Our leaders are Otter and Fox. We meet on Tuesdays at 5.30 until 6.45. We create an exciting and varied programme for the Beavers including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities and of course Scouting basics like learning to tie knots.

We also provide the opportunity for the Beavers to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers and the Beavers can come on Family Camp every year with parents! It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.

Who are Beavers?

The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old.  There is core flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between age 7½ and 8½.  It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs. For further information, see our guidance on age range flexibility.

Structure

A Beaver Colony may be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. 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 at the start, during or at the end of the Colony meeting.

We open each of our sessions with an Opening Ceremony where we perform our ‘Builder Logs’ ritual and our Beaver Chant.

Activities

During their time in the Colony, Beaver Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on sleepovers. 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 to recognise their achievements.

Further information about badges and awards for the Beaver section can be found here.

The Beaver Scout Promise

There are a number of variations of the Beaver Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK within Scouting.

For Christians, Jews and Sikhs

I promise to do my best
To be kind and helpful
And to love God.

The Beaver Scout Law

There is no formal Beaver Scout Law. The concepts expressed in the Scout Law are to be presented to Beaver Scouts through games, storytelling and other informal activities.

The Beaver Scout Motto

Be prepared