Introduction to Beavers
Beavers are our youngest members, aged between 6 and 8 years old. 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.
Further information about the structure and ethos of Beavers (and scouting in general), including information on flexibility for young people with special needs, can be found on the UK scout website.
We have two Beaver Colonies, one meets on Tuesdays at 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm and the other on Fridays at 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm during school terms at our Headquarters on The Ridgeway, Tonbridge. Drop in or register your interest on the Join page.
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. Recent highlights have included a visit to Tonbridge Fire Station, trips to Clip n Climb and Foot Golf, a sleepover at Carroty Wood, and tree planting and campfires at Cart Wood.
Like all Scouts, Beavers can work towards a range of different badges. There are two main types of badges: Challenge Awards and Activity Badges. There are six Challenge Awards which cover the primary areas we focus on in our programme: Adventure Challenge, Outdoor Challenge, My Skills Challenge, Teamwork Challenge, My World Challenge, and Personal Challenge. Each requires Beavers to complete a number of different tasks which can be spread across their time in the Colony. Successfully gaining all of the Challenge Awards (together with 4 activity badges) entitles a Beaver to the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, the highest award available in Beavers and an achievement to be very proud of!
Activity Badges are more specific, aimed at particular interests and activities. Whatever your Beaver is interested in, there will be a badge for them to work towards. There are the “classics”: Camp Craft, Safety, and Cook for example, but also badges as wide-ranging as Digital Citizen, Space, and Animal Friend. Although we work towards these in meetings from time to time, most can also be completed at home – we love to hear about all the exciting activities our young people get up to in their own time.