Beavers

Beaver Scouts are our youngest members aged between 6 and 8 years of age. 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.

Programme

Each week we have a central theme from which we carry out a mixture of activities, challenges and games to deliver fun, education and a sense of achievement.  These activities and challenges contribute the achievement of Badges which each Beaver can earn through their endeavours both during organised activities run by the Scout Group and in conjunction with the home and other activities. 


Badges and Awards

Ultimately we hope that over a two year programme that a Beaver will earn a large number of activity badges all of the challenge award badges and qualify for the Chief Scout Bronze Award which is a special achievement an signals the Beavers readiness to move on into Cubs.

Beavers earning badges is an exciting element of being in the Scouting movement. There are four main areas of attainment Core, Activity, Challenge and Partnership . Our goal is to help a Beaver achieve the Chief Scout Bronze award before they become a cub and this means achieving the challenge badges and good cross section of the activity badges.  Summarised below is a selection of the badges available within the Activity and Challenge categories. 

The positioning  of the badges on the Beaver uniform can be seen by following this link.

The summary of each category of badge is below, if you click on the links in each heading it will take you to the detailed breakdown of the badges on the Scout Association website. 

Core Badges

There are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Colony, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.

Activity Badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Beaver Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.

Staged Activity Badges

Certain skills and experience grow through out a young persons involvement with Scouting this increasing level of achievement and involvement is recognised through staged activity badges 









Challenge Awards

Gaining a challenge Award involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Colony or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.

Partnership Awards

These awards encourage the beaver to link up with another Section within our own Scout Group, a Section in another group, or another youth group or organisation, to work together on a project that will help other people.

Badge Resources

At the bottom of the page you can download the Beaver badge book which has compiled all of the badges and criteria for earning them for easy local reference.  There is also a smart phone app called My Badges for iPhone / iPad click here for Android based devices click here


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David Alexander,
28 Sep 2013, 14:03