28th Kingswood Scout Group

 

Beavers

The Beaver Leader is Rachel Ferrand (Bubbles), assistant leaders are Rachel Culverhouse (Baloo) and James Ferrand. Our regular helpers/sectional assistants are Laura Palmer, Rachel Pride, Jane Greenaway and we have two young leaders completing their Duke of Edinburgh with us – Lucy and Amelia.

We meet on Fridays from 5.30 until 6.30pm at our HQ in Christchurch Ave and usually run at about 30 Beavers with some on link to Cubs. We are only able to run with such a large group thanks to the regular help and commitment of the team and the parent rota.

The parent rota on our programme works really well ensuring that all get an opportunity to participate in a section evening. We won’t ask you to do anything too difficult or demanding but just come along and support the rest of us – you never know you may really enjoy it and want to stay another night (that’s how the rest of us started out!!) we welcome your help and support.

Beavers are aged between 6 and 8 and as a Beaver you promise to: "Do your best, be kind and helpful and to love God" all the aspects of the promise are covered through the planned programme. Our programme consists of games, creative activities and cooking, visits out and visitors in. We plan to cover many of the Beaver Scout activity and Challenge badges as part of normal section evenings, sometimes needing a little "homework" to finish them off. This way the Beavers are able to complete most of the basic badges just by turning up and taking part. Most of the Beavers have completed their Bronze award (highest award in Beavers) before they swim up to Cubs. Our programme includes joint activities with the Cub pack so that the Beavers know what to expect and recognise faces when they move up. We regularly attend District and County events when organised and hold our own annual Beaver sleepover at the HQ usually in November where the Beavers have the opportunity to spend a night away from home. There are far too many activities to list but we keep them varied, interesting and sometimes challenging without encroaching on what the young people will when they move onto Cubs.

Each week, when at HQ, we have an opening ceremony which consists of taking turns to pick up sticks to create a dam for the Beaver to sit on and closing with our own little tune to say goodbye. There is an inspection at the start where all the Beavers are given points for attendance, uniform, clean hands and face and for bringing along their Beaver box (filled with pens and pencils etc).In between these two ceremonies it is all about having fun, learning and sharing experiences together.

Thank you
Rachel Ferrand (Bubbles)
Beaver Scout Leader and Group contact