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Beaver Scouts

Parents Guide to Beavers

Beaver Scouts are the 2nd youngest section of the Scouting Family.

Children join a Beaver Scout Colony for many reasons. It might be they have heard great things from their friends about all the things their Colony gets up to every week. Perhaps parents or carers are keen for the them to join. Whatever their reasons, whether or not they stay will be down to the leaders and their team, and the weekly programme they provide. You can help here - even just once a month may make all the difference.

Beavers are usually aged between six and eight years old, though they can be as young as five and three quarters if they are ready.

Check out the photos below to see how much fun a Beaver can have


Their activities vary from using their creative skills to make things, outdoor activities, and singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, making new friends and learning how to be safe.

However, the one activity we prioritise the most is making friends. When children join the Beavers, they may not know anyone, but it’s safe to say they’ll soon become one of us, no matter where they are from or who they are. That’s why we’re a family.



A group of Beaver Scouts is called a Colony, and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges.

Beavers have a Promise and motto ("Fun and Friends"). The concepts of the Scout Law can be presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.