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A Guide for New Members and their Parents
1st Stotfold Scout Group are part of the Biggleswade
and District. Our members are aged between 6 and 8, and they take
part in an active, exciting, fun, and adventurous programme of activities.
The Colony uniform consists of:-
- Turquoise sweatshirt
- Navy Blue Activity Trousers
- A green and yellow neckerchief with woggle - to be supplied when
Uniform may be purchased from our second hand shop
run by the Scout Supporters, or from one one of the local Scout
Shops. Download a uniform
information sheet with prices.
Click here for Beavers
Position of Badges on Uniform Diagram
Camping and Sleepovers
Beavers can do sleepovers in the Scout HQ and is certainly very
different from school trips! It's a chance to try some special
activities that cannot be done at regular Pack meetings.
Your youngster may have the opportunity to take
part in a sleepover. We've have run several sleepovers for the
Beavers and have taken place at the Scout HQ. We have a work force
of leaders and helpers over the weekend and they take on the
responsibility to look after the Beavers as if they were their own
large family of youngsters.
The Leaders will often need to take along extra
adult help to assist with catering or equipment. This extra
help may be Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Instructors (for special activities)
or parents/guardians to help with general supervision.
We would be grateful if any payments, whether they be by cash or
cheque, are placed in a sealed envelope with details of what the
payment is for, and who it is from, on the front of the envelope.
Subs are collected each week, and are currently at £2.50 per week.
This money covers:-
- Annual fees to District, County and National
bodies for insurance and leader training. Unfortunately, the group
don't get to see a penny of this money.
- A small amount of the subs are kept by the group
to cover running costs such as electric and water bills and the
purchasing of equipment.
- Equipment needed for Pack meetings. To Top
If you have any problems or queries,
please don't hesitate in contacting any of the leaders. You can
find there details on the Who, When and Where page. We are there to help you and your child.
Also, if you are interested in helping out with
the Colony, or doing something else to help with the Group, lease
contact us. There are no payments for being a leader or helper,
but what you get out of it is much better than that - seeing the
children having fun and enjoying themselves.
The Scout Group is supported by the Group Executive
Committee. The role of the committee is to organise fundraising
events to maintain the Group and to purchase new equipment. If
you can spare a little bit of time - a couple of hours one evening
a month for a meeting, plus a few extra hours to help at events
- please make yourselves known to one of the leaders. To Top
We have personal information forms
that we require to be filled in. These will give us all the information
required should there be any need to contact parents or for medical
The forms list contact information
and medical information. You will be given the relevant forms when
your child starts at cubs.
Please return these forms to a Leader
as soon as possible. To Top
What is Beaver Scouting?
In October 1982, The Scout Association introduced 'Beavers' for 6 and 7 year old boys
in response to a growing demand within
the Movement for such an optional activity
to be available at the discretion of Scout
Provision for this age range
had, in fact, existed for some years in
a number of countries. Beavers started
in Northern Ireland some 15 years earlier
and, later, there were similar approaches
in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada
and New Zealand and in some European countries.
Some informal projects also developed
in places in Scotland and England. Initially,
Beavers were not full Members of the Movement.
That did not happen until April 1986 when
they became a recognised training Section and
took the title of Beaver Scouts. In 1991, girls were
admitted to the Beaver Scouts for the first time.
The Beaver Scout Programme was extensively
overhauled in 1995.
In the United Kingdom, Beaver
Scouts wear a grey sweatshirt, a turquoise
or Group scarf, with a maroon plastic
woggle to hold it in place. Their Promise,
which is appropriate for the age range, is,
- 'I promise to do my best to be kind and helpful
and to love God'. Beaver Scouts meet in
'Colonies', usually once a week. Beaver
Scouts have the opportunity to work in
a variety of groupings, sometimes called Lodges.
The Colony normally comprises a maximum
membership of 24. However to meet local
short or long term circumstances, this number
maybe increased with the agreement of the
Executive Committee and the District Commissioner.
The Beaver Scout Motto is 'Fun & Friends'
which describes the ethos of the section.
The Beaver Scout programme and
based on four Activity areas, these are:
- Beaver Scouts Learn about themselves-exploring their feelings and developing good habits
of health and personal safety.
- Beaver Scouts get to know people- Finding out
about people in their family, the family of Scouting,
and the local community and wider world.
- Beaver Scouts explore- discovering
the exciting world of science, nature
and technology, exploring the natural
and man- made world
- Beaver Scouts care- growing
in their love of god and responding to
the needs of others, the local community
and the wider world.
The elements of their activities
do, indeed, aim towards having fun and
making friends and there is an exciting
spicing of adventure and achievement.
The project approach is also used but
with every encouragement for the individual to
make their own personal contribution.
The 'Scouts help others' principle
of the Scout Movement's ethos is readily
accepted by boys and girls of Beaver Scout
age so that appropriate community service
is possible right from the start.
Beaver Scout Leaders are appointed
under the Policy, Organisation and Rules
of the Association and are men and women
between the ages of 20 and 65 who are
in sympathy with the aims of Scouting.
Assistant Leaders may be appointed from
the age of 18. Parents and Helpers are
a valuable asset to the running of a successful
Beaver Scout Colony.
In April 1986, there were already
over 60,000 Beaver Scouts in the United
Kingdom and in the 1997 Census, there
were 133,245. To Top
What do we do?
What do Beaver Scouts really do?
Beaver Scouts will enjoy a great deal of fun and adventure whilst
in the Colony. They will also have opportunities to gain awards
and badges. These awards are given in recognition of the effort
made by each youngster at their own level of development and understanding.
The Beaver Scout Programme includes such activities as:-
- Sleep overs
- Caring for the environment
- Model making
- First Aid
- Helping others
The Training Programme
A number of badges are available
for the Beaver Scouts to recognise
their progress through the Colony.
These are as follows:
Beaver Scout Membership Badge- to be awarded
at a Promise ceremony after four to six
weeks in the Colony.
Beaver Scout Badges- there are two Beaver
Scout Badges issued by the Beaver Scout
Leader after consecutive periods of six to
eight months of taking part in an active and balanced
Beaver Scout Challenge- this is an optional
award for individual Beaver Scouts. If
attempted, the Challenge should be completed
during the last few months in the Colony.
It is based on the four Activity Areas.
Cub Scout Membership Award- Beaver Scouts
should begin working for the Cub Scout
Membership Award between four and six
weeks before transferring into the Cub Scout
You may ask the question
"How do I find out about these activities/events?"
The mailing service tends to be via your youngster
with letters and notes. We now use this web site as a newsletter
which contains general information about the Scout Group and its
activities. However, if at any time you are not sure about
the arrangements for a Pack activity, do have a chat with the Leaders
after a Pack meeting or contact them at home.
You can sign up for the e-mail newsletter service
here. This will give you copies of the notes handed out to boys
on and evening, sent to you by e-mail. To Top
Do You Want to Help?
Your youngster may come home from a Beavers meeting
and say "I need a picture of a Panda for Beavers!"
Your youngster expects you to be interested and
will get much more out of Scouting if you are prepared to offer
your support. There are lots of ways in which you can help,
- Offering a skill or hobby to train or test the
Beaver Scouts for awards and badges
- Helping prepare refreshments for a Group or Colony
- Helping transport Beaver Scouts to events and
outings or move kit to camp
- Supporting the Scout Group Executive Committee
to help them raise funds and manage the Scout Group.
The Group Executive Committee
Each year, the Scout Group elects an Executive Committee consisting
of a number of parents and various Leaders in the Group to carry
out the day to day tasks of running the Scout Group. They
are responsible for purchasing equipment and maintaining Group property.
The function of the Group Executive Committee is also to support
and help the Scout Group Leader carry out his or her role in maintaining
an effective and successful Scout Group.
What do you gain from helping?
You will have the opportunity to meet a variety of new people and
make a real contribution to help your local community. Please
do not be shy to offer your help and if you feel you have any skills
to offer to the Beaver Scout Pack please contact your Beaver Scout
Leader. By playing your part and supporting your child you
will share the enjoyment, friendship and fun of the family of Scouting. To Top
The Beaver Promise and Motto
The Beaver Scout Promise
I promise that I will do my best
To be kind and helpful
and to love god
The Beaver Scout Motto
To be Prepared