About Beaver Scouts
Our Beaver Scout colony is open to young people aged 6-8 years. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 5.20 – 6.20 at our Scout and Guide headquarters.
Our Colony is a thriving and busy group with 18 members. Our varied programme is based around the 6 Challenge Badges that Beaver Scouts can gain by attending the weekly meetings:
- My Adventure Challenge Award
- My Outdoor Challenge Award
- My Skills Challenge Award
- My World Challenge Award
- Personal Challenge Award
- Teamwork Challenge Award
Beaver Scouts who achieve all Challenge Badges will receive the highest award – the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.
Sometimes we work towards Activity Badges, such as Camp craft, Cooking or Ed. There are a number of Activity Badges that Beaver Scouts can work towards in their own time. Information about these can be found here: http://scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=56,133,143
There are also a number of Staged Activity Badges that can be earned by all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Information about these can be found here:
More information about the Beaver Scout programme can be found at: www.scouts.org.uk/beavers
In addition to our weekly meetings we also attend many of the events and activities that are organised by Redditch District. Recently these have included:
- A trip to Cosford Air Museum
- A trip to Avoncroft museum of Buildings
If you would like to find out more about Beaver Scouting in Astwood Bank or would like to put a name onto our waiting list, please send the child’s name, date of birth, address and contact details for the parent/guardian to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Beaver Scout Information for Parents
The Beaver Scout uniform is a turquoise sweatshirt and navy trousers. These must be worn to all meetings and on parade. The Beaver Scout t-shirt is optional. Beaver Scouts are issued with a yellow neckerchief and woggle when they make their promise – usually within 6 weeks of joining the group.
Uniform can be purchased from most school uniform shops or online at www.scoutshops.com There is also a County Shop hosted by Merrill Kirby in Redditch. Merrill which takes telephone orders – her phone number and address can be provided on request.
We attend 2 parades each year:
- St George’s Day parade is held on a Sunday close to 23rd April and takes place in Redditch town centre at St Stephen’s Church.
- Remembrance Day parade is held on Remembrance Sunday at St Matthias and St George Church in Astwood Bank. This parade is held in the morning.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are encouraged to attend both parades in full uniform – this includes smart shoes (not trainers), dark socks and an ironed scarf. Usually coats are not worn on parade so if it is cold, extra layers underneath the uniform are a good idea.
Subs are paid termly and are currently £35 per term. Cheques should be made payable to “Astwood Bank Beaver Scouts” and put in a named envelope before posting into the box at the start of a Beaver Scout meeting. Online payment is also possible. If paying subs is a problem, please speak to Fiona in confidence. Subs are used to pay for our use of the hut, hut cleaning, badges, materials for meetings, insurance and our annual capitation.
In order to maintain an appropriate adult to child ratio we sometimes operate a parent rota for our Beaver Scout Colony. Adult helpers should have current Scout DBS clearance but they do not have to be a parent – perhaps an aunt, a grandparent or neighbour could help out. If you need to complete a DBS application please speak to Fiona after a meeting. No skill is required to help out – full instructions will be given but you may need to bring your own ear-plugs! If you need to bring another child/children with you that is no problem – if we have enough equipment they can join in with the activities or act as extra helpers.
Experience tells us that it is better for us to allocate weeks for families to cover. We will leave it up to you to swap weeks with another parent if you need to do so. If we find that we do not have enough adults for a meeting then unfortunately it may be necessary to cancel the meeting which would be disappointing for all concerned. If you have any queries or concerns please speak to Fiona directly or email email@example.com
Beaver Scout meetings start at 5.20 and finish at 6.20. Please be considerate when parking and avoid blocking the drives of local residents at all times.