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.
Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.
Some Beaver Scout Colonies also organise Sleepovers. These are often the
first time a young person spends a night away from home. They take place in suitable buildings, often Scout centres.
This report continues where we left off last time with Outdoor Challenge. It was a standard meeting really but with the added bonus of letting the Beavers loose with glue as they had to make a picture with leaves, twigs, branches, bark, etc. Whilst they had fun making all sorts of things it was quite a pain to clean up, something they don’t tell you when they ask you to be a Leader.
That Sunday was the Annual District Beaver Party. Loads of Beavers from all over the District made their way to 1st Hook for this ever fun event. 1st Tolworth had a massive turn out with the most Beavers I’ve seen ever turn up for the party. It didn’t have the best start as the entertainer that had been booked got stuck in traffic on the way there so ended up late. But Lyn and Christina who I’m sure all of you have met or at least seen at a Beaver event, managed to pass the time with some ridiculous songs to keep the Beavers entertained. And when the entertainer did turn up, he more than made up for it with magic tricks, jokes and even got most of the Beavers to dance! Some of the older ones just refused to dance.
Halloween was next. All the Beavers turned up in costume. We had vampires, zombies, a lot of skeletons, Disney characters and many other brilliant costumes. We started off by learning about Halloween but then went straight into playing scary musical statues, apple bobbing which was very funny to watch and making Halloween biscuits. Whilst it was a fun night it was also quite a confusing night as many of the Beavers were wearing masks or had face paint on so it was hard to tell who was who but we made it work.
After half term we had our fireworks night. We learnt about Guy Fawkes and what firework night is all about and then made our very own fireworks. We also very sensibly and carefully went outside and used some sparklers. Some Beavers were scared to use the sparklers but they were very brave and managed to hold them anyway.
After a games night on the 11th November, the Saturday was 1st Tolworth’s world famous November Fayre. As usual we were in charge of the Chocolate and Sweet Tombola. Faye and I could not attend but we left the stall in the more than capable hands of Lillian, one of our helpers. I heard that she did a wonderful job and had some great help from some of the Beavers to sell out our stall so a massive thank you and well done to them.
I end this month’s report on a very sad note. As many of you will know Heather Mason, our beloved Group Scout Leader, sadly passed away on the 6th November. She was an amazing person and a brilliant Scouter. I would have first met her before I can even remember when my brother was a Beaver. She was then my Beaver Leader and when I became a Young Leader she was still Beaver Leader. There was so much she did for 1st Tolworth and Scouting in general I cannot begin to explain the impact she had on people. I know whatever I write here cannot do her justice so all I ask is that once you have finished reading this report to take a minute to think about Heather because without her your son or daughter and so many people would not be involved in Scouting today.
Robert Marsden, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader