Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. Beavers are members of a Beaver Colony within a Scout Group. 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.
All our leaders have undergone a DBS check and they all undertake training in running a Beaver Scout section. You can be certain that your child will be in safe hands!
How much does it cost?
Each Beaver Colony sets a weekly, monthly or termly membership subscription which helps with the cost of running the weekly meeting. This varies from Colony to Colony but as a guide you can expect to pay between £2 and £3 per week (often with a discount offered for a termly payment). This usually includes the cost of badges earned by Beaver Scouts and which are worn on their uniform.
For special evenings or activities (for example, visits to places of interest or special activities provided on our behalf by external organisations) there is usually an additional fee to cover costs. Similarly, camps or sleepovers will attract an additional fee.
We are a uniformed organisation and parents/carers will be asked to buy a uniform for their child once they have settled into the section. The leader(s) of the section will be able to advise you what your child will need, where it can be obtained from and the likely cost.
Beaver Camp a Phenomenal Success
13 Beaver Scouts from the 1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Group have just returned from their first ever 2-night camp at Drum Hill Scout Camp in Derbyshire.
Upon arrival on the Friday night they got stuck in to fitting the inner compartments to their tents so they could get their kit stored and sorted for the rest of the camp – and loved every minute of it! From then on it was outside activities galore!
Clare Woodroffe (BeaverScout Leader and ADC Beavers) commented: “Over the weekend they went Bouldering, tackled Low Ropes and the Assault Course, lit their own fires (using a flint and steel) and then toasted marshmallows on them, went ‘picture orienteering’ and tried their hand at archery. They kept the leaders on the go all weekend. It was an amazing fun-packed weekend for the Beavers – and the leaders”
One highlight was the Saturday evening camp fire and story time. “Major Heffalump” – the Group’s latest adult volunteer (who just happens to be a Major in the armed forces) – entranced them with the story of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Heffalump Trap. In case you don’t remember the story, here is an extract:
“Pooh’s first idea was that they should dig a Very Deep Pit, and that the Heffalump would come along and fall into the Pit . . . Pooh rubbed his nose with his paw, and said that the Heffalump might be walking along, humming a little song, and looking up at the sky, wondering if it would rain, and so he wouldn’t see the Very Deep Pit until he was halfway down, when it would be too late.” [Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A.Milne]
And the verdict? The Beavers announced on the Sunday afternoon that they wanted to go camping again – for an even longer camp and at a different site – and then started planning it. That’s “Youth Shaped Scouting” at it’s best.
Well done 1st C&A Beavers – what a brilliant camp!
More Information about the 1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Group can be found here
We encourage our Beavers to go camping! It enables them to experience the fun and challenge of camping under canvas for one night – the maximum allowed in the Beaver Scout section. It prepares them for longer camps of 2 or more nights when they move into the Cub Scout section. It gives them an opportunity to… Read More