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Activity Badges

The Beaver Scout Colony...

Beaver Scouts in the Group must be, or have formally been, a pupil at George Heriot’s School.

The Colony meets every Friday evening, during the school term, in room 616 ( The GP) room,  from 6.00pm until 7.00pm

The Beaver Scout Colony core age range is 6 to 8 years old.

However, the Colony is open to boys and girls aged from 5¾ to 8½ years old.  A child can join the Colony from when they reach 5¾  years. This allows them to join at a convenient time in the session i.e. start of a term.  Beavers will move up to the Cub Scout Pack at a convenient time when their age falls with the range 7½ to 8½ years. In practice, they move near their eighth birthday.  

The Beaver Scout Leader (BSL) runs the Colony usually with a team of Assistants (ABSL) who all give their time freely and have had training to help them do an effective job.

These Leaders are responsible for planning and running the programme of games and activities for Colony meetings and special outing and events.

The Colony has simple ceremonies, one of which is the investiture to which you are invited, when your youngster will be asked to make a promise.

The Beaver Scout Promise is:

There are variations of the Beaver Scout Promise for different faiths.

The Beaver Scout motto is:

What do Beavers Scouts really do?

Beaver Scouts will enjoy a great deal of fun and adventure whilst in the Colony.  They will have an opportunity to gain badges.  These are given in recognition of the effort made by each youngster at his or her own level of development and understanding.  The Beaver  Scout Programme includes such activities as:       
  • Helping  others       
  • Going on visits·        
  • Playing games   
  • Making things     
  • Meeting new people·        
  • Acting, singing and making music       
  • Listening to stories
  • Praying and worship    
  • Chatting
  • Following themes     
  • Going outdoors
The Programme

The programme is split into three main areas: Awards, Challenges and Activity Badges.

A young person joining the Beaver Scout Colony at the age of six  will start work on their Beaver Scout Membership Award straightaway.
given for each year of membership.
 a special award for the older Beaver Scout.
The Moving-On Award is intended to help a make a smooth transfer from one section the the next.

Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Colony or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and  outdoors to challenges dealing with the local community or issues  connected with the Scouting world.

There is an additional badge Beavers can achieve, developed by Scottish Scout Headquarters:

Activity Badges

Activity Badges are designed to further develop a Beaver Scout's skills and interests.
They are an optional addition to the Balanced Programme.  There are a varity of activity badges that Beaver Scouts can achieve covering a wide variety of activities. 

Activity Plus Badge
If  there is an activity you would really like to do more of or if you have the highest level of any of the badges, the Activity Plus badge allows you do more for your Activity.

Staged Activity Badges
The Staged Activity Badges have been designed to provide a unified approach throughout the Section

A young person can gain whichever badge is appropriate to the level they
have reached. It is possible, for example, for a Beaver Scout who is an
excellent swimmer to gain a higher level badge than a Scout who has
just taken up swimming.

Details of all these awards can also be found in your youngster's Beaver Scout badge book.

You may ask the question ‘how do I find out about these activities and events’.  The Beaver Scout Leader will inform you by letter, email, text message, website and through your youngster.  If at any time you are not sure about the arrangements for a Colony activity do have a chat with the Leaders after the Colony meeting or contact them at home.

The Beaver Scout colony meets regularly.  The Colony is often taken out on visits in connection with the programme of activities.  Sometimes the Beaver Scout Leader invites visitors to speak to the Colony, like a local Policeman or Fireman.  The Beaver Scout Colony has links with other Beaver Scout Colonies locally and throughout the Region.  We also join together for special events such
as District activities.

What do Beaver Scouts wear?

Beaver Scouts have a smart, practical uniform comprising of a light blue beaver scout sweatshirt and a Scout Group scarf.  There is also a maroon woggle to hold the scarf in place.  For below the waist, they can also wear school uniform or Beaver Scout tracksuit bottoms.

You only need to buy the sweatshirt.  The Pack will supply the scarf, woggle and badges

More details about the uniform, stockists and badge positions are available here.

Updated 7 Oct 2014


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