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.
A new term and that means new badges, new Beavers and lots of fun.
This term we managed to have a planning meeting before the first meeting so all the Leaders are very proud of ourselves but we decided to start with a games night first week back as we always do.
We jumped straight into badge work the following week with the Book Reader badge. We designed our very own book covers and there were some very inventive and colourful covers including Pokémon, unicorns, football, robots and many other things. To complete the badge Beavers are required to read 6 books over the course of the term. They don’t have to be long books but all they need to do is write a few sentences about it and they will get their badge!!!
Safety Badge next. PC Benjamin Styles came to visit us to talk about stranger danger, when and when not to call 999 and how to burgle a house. Don’t worry, he wasn’t teaching us what to do, he was teaching us what to do so our houses don’t get burgled. Fear not, your children will not be going around breaking into houses!! A big thank you to PC Styles for coming to visit us and run the night.
The next day was Surbiton Festival and with no Leaders able to attend disaster was at hand. Thankfully, several parents stepped in to save the day. The festival was a massive success so a big thank you to all the parents who helped out. Thank you to Christina from 3rd Kingston for helping us as well.
We then had another games night because they are so much fun and we wanted to play some games we hadn’t played in a while. We also made models out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Trying to stop the Beavers from eating the marshmallows was a big task just as was trying to get the models they made to stay up. Some Beavers liked spaghetti so much that they decided to eat it instead of build with it. It was very enjoyable despite it being a massive pain to clear up.
We visited the park the next week because…well, why not?!! A fun but short meeting as it got dark very quickly but everyone had a fantastic time. It’s most likely our last outdoors meeting for a while.
Another weekend activity was the District Beaver Party. It was at Chessington Community College this year and despite the change of scenery was still a massive success. With magic, food, Punch and Judy, a rabbit and more magic everyone had a whale of a time as usual.
The next issue will contain a Halloween Party, fireworks, more badge work, a visit from the Scouts and Simon C, so look out for that issue.
Assistant Beaver Leader
Thames Beaver Scout Colony