Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scout Association, they can start from the age of 6 years old (or just before) until 8 years old. We welcome boys and girls into our Beaver Colony.
We meet for one hour each week on Fridays during term time from 5:15 p.m until 6:15 p.m. This is called a Colony Meeting. If you would like to join us to see whether you like Beavers or to arrange a start date if your child is not quite old enough yet please use the Contact page on our web site.
Each week we have lots of fun making friends, playing games, doing all sorts of different crafts and activities and making things. We learn about the world around us and our own community. We have trips out each year and try to arrange at least 2 occasions where the Beavers sleep away from home. This can be in the form of a traditional camp in tents, an organised activity such as sleeping at the Space Centre in Leicester, or simply spending a night in our meeting place. We encourage all Beavers to have at least 1 night away from home in their time with us – a night away is one of the qualifying criteria for their Chief Scouts bronze award which is the highest award a Beaver can achieve.
After a few weeks you will know whether your child enjoys Beavers, if so you will need to visit our Local Scout Shop to buy a Beaver jumper and a necker (the necker isn’t worn until after they have made the Beaver Promise, this is called Investiture).
After Investiture they will then officially be a Beaver Scout. You will be notified when this will take place – you may wish to be there to take a photo of this proud event! This is when you get the badges required for their sweatshirt and a woggle for their necker. Please click here to see where to sew on the badges. We organise the Beaver Scouts into small groups called Lodges. In each Lodge two children are given the ‘responsibility’ of being Lodge Leader and Assistant Lodge Leader.
Between 8 and 8 and a half they can progress in to the Cubs section. At this time they have a few visits to the Cubs meeting to join in and have a ‘taster’. They attend both Beavers and Cubs for a few weeks to help make their move easier. Of course when they attend Cubs they realise they already have lots of friends there who have previously moved on from Beavers to Cubs. At their last Colony Meeting when they actually leave Beavers to go to Cubs we have a fun ceremony called “Swimming Up” (it doesn’t involve water or real swimming!).
‘Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches. It’s all about friendship and fun and adventure – people who might not normally have the chance for adventure. Scouts are shining lights in their communities.’