What are Beavers?
Beavers are the youngest members of the Scout Association. They are boys and girls aged 6 to 8 years old. Our colony meets most Mondays in school term times from 5pm to 6:15pm at Anderson Baptist Church in Amherst Road.
What do Beavers do?
Beaver meetings are designed around the Beaver motto of ‘Fun and Friends’ and we aim to help the children develop physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Meetings consist of games, handwork, small group activities and a chance to chat with the leaders. We go outdoors as much as possible.
Who do I contact to find out more?
Links with Anderson
The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their families are invited to attend many of the family activities that are run by the Church and we see this is an opportunity for people to explore faith in a fun and comfortable fashion.
Who runs meetings?
A warranted leader runs each meeting with help from young leaders from our Scout Troop. We ask each family to come and help once or twice a term on a parent rota. This ensures we have sufficient adults to be safe while giving parents an insight into Beavers and scouting. We ask all parents and guardians to complete a DBS form to comply with child safety legislation and the Scout Association rules.
What does it cost?
Subs (£30 per term) are payable at the beginning of each term and are collected via an online system that also acts as a useful communication tool for the colony. We will ask you to register with Online Scout Manager (OSM) when your child joins the group. Subs are used to pay for insurance, badges, stationary, equipment for handwork and for most of the activities the Beavers take part in. Scout groups can claim back tax from the Inland Revenue for subs so we will ask if you are willing to complete a gift aid form. If the cost of subs is a problem then please contact me, a shortage of money will not stop any child joining Beavers.
Is there a Beaver uniform?
Beavers wear a turquoise blue jumper with a blue and white necker. You can buy the jumpers from John Lewis local Scout shops and we have some second hand ones. The scout group will provide the necker and badges from group funds.
And after Beavers?
Beavers are just the first step on the Scouting ladder. When your child is 8 years old they can join our Cubs, who meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00. In year 6 Cubs move up to join the Sea Scouts who meet on Wednesday evenings.
How can you support us?
We always welcome new leaders and supporters on a regular or occasional basis. As a Sea Scout Group we also aim to train our own water instructors. If you are interested please contact me.