Blast off for adventure with Apollo & Gemini Beavers!
Try new things. Make new friends. Joining Beavers is just the beginning of your big adventure. Beavers are young people aged 6 to 8 who:
- Master new skills and try new things
- Have fun and go on adventures
- Make friends
- Are curious about the world around them
- Help others and make a difference, on their own doorstops and beyond
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What do Beavers get up to?
Every week, Beavers gather in groups called Colonies to have fun and make friends. Beavers try their hand at lots of different activities and games – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.
Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends
Exploring the great outdoors
You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Colony. Together, you might build a den, or go on a trip to somewhere exciting, or go on a sleepover. Even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstop, because being a Beaver is all about making the most of what you have, wherever you are.
Trying new activities and learning new things
Going to Beavers is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, you’ll explore and lay, figuring out the world out by doing things for yourself.
The most important skills you’ll learn at Beavers are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. They include things like being honest and doing what you think is right, taking the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.
Beavers work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new on a rainy meeting night in the middle of winter, they always lend a hand.
Who leads Beavers?
Each Colony is made up of young people aged 6 to 8, led by an adult Beaver Leader and 1 or 2 Assistant Leaders. Other adult volunteers including occasional parent helpers are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe.
Within their Colony, some Beavers are also part of a Lodge. A Lodge is a smaller group of Beavers, usually headed up by a young person who takes on a peer leadership role (sometimes known as a Lodge Leader or Junior Leader). Being a peer leader is about being a superhero for a little while – doing things like welcoming new people to the Colony, being extra helpful during a camp, or taking charge of a game or activity. Everyone takes it in turns to take on the challenge.
Promises and ceremonies
As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Beaver is about exploring who you are and what you stand for. These are big ideas, and when you join the Colony, you’ll start thinking about them by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday.
Making the promise is a big milestone within the Colony. Every time a new Beaver decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Beavers. Family and friends might come along to watch too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into Beavers, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.
Everyone is unique but there are some things all Beavers agree on and promise to do – treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith or to love our World.
When do we meet?
Our Beaver Colony Meetings are on a Wednesday 17:30-18:45 (Apollo) and Friday 18:00-19:15 (Gemini) at the Scout HQ in Burntwood Park, Elder Lane, Burntwood.
How to Join?
Lots of young people want to join Beavers and our Beaver colonies are currently full. We will have places wit Gemini Beavers in September 2022 . To be added to the waiting list for either Wednesday or Friday click here.
For our Beavers sections to grow we need more volunteer leaders. If you would like to help then please get in touch.
If would like more information then please use the links below. If you still have questions than get in touch using the Contact Us form.