Beaver Scout Pages
Hi, and welcome to the Beaver Colony page of 7thA Rochdale Scout Group.
Here you will find information about the Beaver Scout section of our group.
What is a Beaver Colony?
A Beaver Scout colony is a group of young people aged between 6 and 8 years guided and assisted by adult leaders. The colony is organised into lodges consisting of up to five members. Each Lodge is identified by their coloured woggle and is named after different apes. We have Monkeys, Chimps and Gorillas. The adult leaders take their names from the characters of Disney’s The Lion King, the senior leader is known as Simba, the Lion King himself, assisted by a team of leaders & Young Leaders, all named after characters from the film. The Beaver Scout Leader (BSL), working with the other colony leaders, plans the programme of activities.
Our Beaver Colony
Our Beaver Scout colony is co-educational and meets on a Wednesday, we provide a wide variety of activities, including outdoor activities, adventurous activities, indoor craftwork, interesting local visits and most importantly fun! The meetings generally start with a game and proceed through a teaching activity again with the emphasis on fun; it's much easier to use a game situation to teach scouting skills. The meeting will usually close with another short game and any announcements, hopefully everyone goes home happy and tired, the leaders do!! The sort of things we teach are simple outdoor skills, craftwork and the list goes on. There are community visits to places of worship, interesting local places like the planetarium and local facilities such as the fire station and police station. There are visits and talks from local organisations such as the Salvation Army, the RSPCA and Three Owls Bird Sanctuary.
The programme of activities undertaken by the Colony is designed to help the Beavers develop as individuals. The Beavers’ start work on these zones when they first attend a Colony meeting. The activities together help the Beaver earn their badges, to be worn with pride, on their uniforms.
The programme zones are as follows:
Exploring The World Around Us.
Learning About Yourself.
Getting To Know Other People.
Discovering Creativity And Practical Skills.
Discovering Beliefs And Attitudes.
The Beaver Scouts can gain any number of the five “Activity” Badges, four staged “Activity” Badges (Available to all sections), three “Group Awards” (Gained throughout the Scout Group) and the three “Challenge” Badges. In addition, the Beaver Scout can qualify for the “Chief Scouts Bronze Award”.
In addition, a “Joining In Badge” is presented on the anniversary of the Beaver Scout first joining the movement, one badge every year, in all sections until they move on from the Scout Troop at 14 years old!
The last badge in the series is the Moving On award. It fosters links with the Cub Scout Pack, whilst allowing the Beaver Scout to complete the membership award of the Cub Scout Section. They will undertake this badge around 8 years old.