Fun & Friends
Welcome to our District Beaver Colony's area on the website. We have 13 groups of Beavers within Barking & Dagenham, we have a lot of district events throughout the year to keep all the Beavers interested in Scouting. So why not come along to one of our groups in Barking or Dagenham.
Beaver Scouting is open to 6 and 7 year olds who like having fun and making friends. Beaver Scouts usually meet once a week as a "Colony". The Colony is run by trained, voluntary leaders and helpers. Many of these are parents of Beaver Scouts.
Beaver Scout activities are a combination of learning and having fun. Some Colonies attend sleepovers in suitable buildings which are a great way of developing new skills, enhancing friendships and building confidence. They learn about themselves and how to look after themselves, they get to know people from their local community. They find out about life in other countries and explore through organised activities. They care by helping those around them.
How great is Beavers?
Beaver Colonies in the UK have been running for more than 20 years now and gone through a lot of changes. It seems more and more parents are getting their children into Beavers as a first step into Scouting and the Beavers are becoming more responsible in theirselves. Beaver Scouts can join in the three months leading up to their 6th birthday, until they are 8 years old, then they go up to Cubs
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How old are Beaver Scouts?
Beaver Scouts are aged between 6 - 8 yrs.
What do they do?
They have fun!... They also
- play games
- meet new friends
- gain badges
- go on outings and visits
- go outside and learn about the outdoors
- create things
- meet new people
- listen to stories
- become Cubs
Beaver Scout Promise
I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful, and to love God.
Beaver Scout Motto
The Beaver Scout programme and activities are based on four activity areas, these are:
Beaver Scouts Learn about themselves
Exploring their feelings and developing good habits of health and personal safety.
Beaver Scouts get to know people
Finding out about people in their family, the family of Scouting, and the local community and wider world.
Beaver Scouts explore
Discovering the exciting world of science, nature and technology, exploring the natural and man-made world.
Beaver Scouts care
Growing in their love of god and responding to the needs of others, the local community and the wider world.
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What do they wear?
Beaver Scouts wear a full uniform. Scouting is a uniformed organisation and the uniform tells everyone that you are a Beaver Scout. For instance, people can tell what Colony you belong to by looking at the colour of your scarf. The uniform consists of:
- Turquoise Blue long sleeved sweatshirt or Group T-shirt
- Group Scarf
Most colonies will have other items of uniform. The exact details differ from colony to colony.
How do I join?
Perhaps you know a friend who is a Beaver Scout...ask them if you can come along to a Colony meeting and see what all the fuss is about. Take a look at the groups page to find the nearest Beaver Colony to where you live. You can complete a join form or contact the DC (District Commissioner) who will give you any details you may wish to know.
Most groups will be glad to let you stay for a night or two to see what it is like. You will need to bring your parent/guardian along so that a few forms can be filled in. If you enjoy Scouting (and many people do!) you can find out how to become a full member from the leaders at your chosen group.
Background and History
Beavers are large, aquatic, partly nocturnal rodents belonging to the family Castoridae. There are two species: Castor Fiber is the Old World beaver, now found mainly in France, Germany, Poland, Russia and Scandinavia. C Canadensis is the North American beaver, which lives in woodlands from northern Mexico to Alaska and Canada. Once overtrapped for its fur until it was confined to a far western habitat, this beaver has now returned to eastern regions.
Beavers are thickset and heavy, about 1.2 m (4 ft) long, including a 30 cm (1 ft) paddle-shaped tail; they weight as much as 32 kg (70 lb). Their legs are short and their hind feet large and webbed. They use their forepaws like hands. A pair of anal musk glands, or castors, produce castoreum, used in making perfume. Dense brown to tan underfur is covered by coarse guard hairs. Chisellike front teeth enable the beaver to gnaw down trees used for building dams, island lodges, and canals. Beavers float small trees and branches through canals to the stream where they are building. The lodge has underwater entrances to keep out predators, with a large dry room inside that is used as a nursery and haven.
Beavers feed on marsh grasses, roots, barks, and twigs. They mate in January-February, and one to eight young are born in April-May. Beavers reach maturity in 2-3 years and live about 16 years.
Beaver Scouts are not only named after the Beaver animal but they also base some of their communal activities around them too. Beaver Scouts assemble in lodges at the beginning and close of their meeting. The Beaver's natural habitat is called a "Lodge". This is made of mounds of sticks, moss and stones with dome shaped roofs plastered with mud.
Beaver Scouts are given the opportunity to learn about the Beaver animal as part of their programme. They discover many fascinating facts such as where Beavers come from, what they eat, how they live and what their young are called.