Beavers is for young people aged 6 & 7

Our Beavers meet on Tuesday 5:30-6:30 and Thursday 5:45-6:45

Who are Beavers?

At Beavers our young people try new things. Make new friends. Joining Beavers is just the beginning of their big adventure.

Beavers are young people aged 6 and 7 who:

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, on their own doorstops and beyond

Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things they’ll get up to with their new friends.

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What do Beavers get up to?

They’ll spend lots of time outside with their Colony. Together, you might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or host a Beaver sleepover beneath the stars. And even though they might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, they’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on their own doorstop, because being a Beaver is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Going to Beavers is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, they’ll figure the world out by exploring, playing and doing.

The most important skills they’ll learn at Beavers are the ones that will make them feel super strong standing on their own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Beavers work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new on a rainy Tuesday night, they always lend a hand.

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Awards & Badges

Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Beavers can develop skills in IT, science and cooking?


Our activity badges allow Beavers to demonstrate their love of various pursuits, and help them find new interests. They are awarded when our young people meet the requirements and show they’re an expert, or at least enjoy the activity.


We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which gives the Beavers a chance to take on ambitious tasks and try new things that prepare them with #SkillsForLife.

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Uniform

You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!

What do Beavers wear?

Beaver uniform consists of a blue sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats, hoodies, navy blue trousers or shorts, if you’d like to. At formal occasions such as Remembrance Sunday Parade uniform also includes blue Scout activity trousers or school trousers/skirts.

Why is uniform important?

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means you can run around and get messy without ruining your other clothes. It makes you feel part of a team. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and it gives you a place to show off all the brilliant badges you earn.

Where can I buy it?

Uniform can either be bought from the online Scout shop or a local supplier. If you’re stuck, ask adult volunteers to tell you more about what to buy and where to buy it. We recommend using the scout store.

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Promises and ceremonies

As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Beaver is about exploring who you are and what you stand for. These are big ideas, and when you join the Colony, you’ll start thinking about them by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.


Making the promise is a big celebration within the Colony. Every time a new Beaver decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Beavers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into Beavers, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.


Everyone is unique but there are some things all Beavers agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.​


Beavers choose the promise that best suits them.

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Who leads Beavers?

Each Colony is made up of young people aged 6 and 7 years old, led by an adult Beaver leader. Other adult volunteers are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe.


Within the Colony, Beavers are also part of a Lodge. A Lodge is a smaller group of Beavers, usually headed up by a young person who takes on a peer leadership role (sometimes known as a Lodge Leader or Junior Leader).


Being a peer leader is about being a superhero for a little while – doing things like welcoming new people to the Colony, being extra helpful during a camp, or taking charge of a game or activity. Everyone takes it in turns to take on the challenge.


Beavers usually stand together in their Lodges at the beginning and end of meetings. They tend to stick together on trips away, or during certain activities.

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How to join

Lots of young people want to join Beavers and you might have to wait for a space to become available before you can start your journey. If you have any questions about accessibility, it’s best to contact us in addition to your application. By being upfront about additional needs from the start, parents/carers can work in partnership with local leaders to make sure their young person has the best experience possible.


On your first night at Beavers, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in.


Eventually, you’ll get your own Beaver uniform to wear to meetings and on trips and nights away. Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone to feel a part of the Colony. It also gives you a place to show off all the Beaver badges you earn.


For Beavers, the uniform consists of a blue sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. Uniform can either be bought from the online shop – Scout Store – or from a local supplier. If you’re not sure where to start, adult volunteers can give you more information about what to buy and where to buy it.

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