Beavers are young people aged 6-8 years old. They make up the second section of the Scouting family. Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer:

  • having fun and going on adventures
  • being introduced to outdoor activities
  • having the opportunity to be creative
  • exploring their local community
  • helping others within the local community
  • learning new skills for life
  • trying new activities
  • playing games
  • experiencing the excitement of a Beaver sleepover with their friends!

Each week they gather into groups called Beaver Colonies. Each Colony is led by an adult Beaver leader and other volunteers. Some Beaver leaders are nicknamed after characters from nature, books or films and in others they are called by real first name. A Beaver Colony may then be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. A Lodge is a smaller group of Beavers, usually headed up by a young person who takes on a peer leadership role.

Each week Beavers will take part in a variety of different activities. By completing these activities Beavers are having fun, but also working towards earning badges.

  • Challenge badges – Challenge Awards are all about stepping outside your comfort zone. Try out something you wouldn’t normally be interested in. Take the lead on something that scares you. Along the way, you’ll unlock hidden talents and stand tall.
  • Activity / Staged badges – Become an expert in something you love or try something shiny and new. There’s a badge to suit each and every Beaver.

Over their time at Beavers young people are completing badges gradually towards gaining their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This is the highest award young people can achieve in Beavers.

Buckinghamshire has amazing Beaver colonies across all districts, with exciting programmes being delivered each week along with awesome opportunities for days out, hikes, sleepovers and much much more …

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls