Beavers are aged 6–8 years. There are over 2600 Beavers in Berkshire enjoying their Scouting across approximately 140 Beaver Colonies. There are a variety of activity and challenge badges which they work towards to gain their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.
New programme planning tool
The national Programme Team are developing a new programme planning tool to support section leaders. The screen shot below is from a recent webinar. Click here to see the video of the webinar that introduces the programme planning tool.
The county has two County Beaver Scout Leaders (CBSLs): Kirsty Aldridge and Joe Halls. Kirsty takes the lead for organising and chairing Meetings for Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs) & District Beaver Scout Leaders (DBSLs). Joe takes the lead in identifying support activities as well as promoting effective communication – including social media.
Meet Kirsty Aldridge, CBSL
I’m Kirsty. I took out my first adult appointment while at University in Birmingham, ran a Cub Pack there and completed my Wood Badge in West District. I then moved to Slough where I was soon involved in the Cub section at 1st Slough and I remained there until 2003. I then became ADC(CS). I was asked to take on ADC(BS) after moving to Bracknell as there was a vacancy which I accepted. County have called and I am looking forward to this new role.
Meet Joe Halls, CBSL
I’m Joe. I started helping my sister at Beavers and I took out my first adult appointment at 19 years old and became Beaver Leader when she moved into the Scout section. Throughout my Scouting life I have remained in Beavers as a section leader but have also had additional roles of ADC(BS) and DBSL at different times. I have recently regained the appointment of ADC(BS) in Slough which is a role that along with my section leader role I thoroughly enjoy doing. I am looking forward to working with Kirsty and supporting the ADCs & DBSLs throughout the county.
For further information or enquiries:
Contact the Beaver Team
The Beaver section
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for one hour, or so, per week. 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 sleepover with their friends.
A Beaver Colony may be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. Lodges can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Beaver Colony. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Beavers to gather at points at the start, during or at the end of the Colony Meeting.
The giant sleepover – This weekend 28 – 29 September
Hold the date: 28–29 September 2019.
How many Beavers can we get holding a sleepover at the same time? Watch this space.
If you missed this weekend still sign up before the end of the year, earn your badge and work towards the County Join In Badge at the same time. Indoors or outside the choice is yours.
If you haven’t already registered please follow the link below:
Just a reminder of the activities that we would like you to build into your sleepover programme which are:
- Host a Jamboree member for North America In A Bag . Contact details are email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found on the World scout Jamboree page on the county website
- Or host a Project Africa member – please look under Uganda 2019 on the county website for the contact links
- Or host a European Jamboree member. Contact details are email@example.com
Or you can complete two of the following:
- Play an international game
- Try some international food tasting
- Make an item of national dress or jewellery from another country
- Learn the promise / law of Beavers in at least two non-English speaking countries
Please also don’t forget that the County have
the Join-In programme and badge which can also be incorporated into your
programme. This is a great opportunity for your colonies to work towards
that badge. Please see the below link for all the information
Adventure Challenge Award
During May 2018 over 500 Beavers and their leaders attended a day of adventure at Paccar Scout Campsite. The Beavers were given the opportunity to try a number of new activities including archery, climbing, abseiling, adventure courses and much more. By attending and taking part in the day, the Beavers were able to achieve their Adventure Challenge Award.