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 if there is a place. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, around their eighth birthday.
Each group of Beavers is called a ‘Colony’, taking its name from a group of these animals in the wild. The Beaver motto is ‘Fun and Friends’ and they undertake a wide variety of activities including gaining badges. Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They meet together once a week and we also organise a Sleepover every year. This is often the first time a young person spends a night away from home. They take place in suitable buildings, often Scout centres and provide a great experience for the youngsters. It is very good preparation for their time in Cubs when they will spend some weekends away at camps and pack holidays.