The programme is designed to develop and stimulate the Beavers and to give variety and interest to their activities.
It is a progressive programme which allows the children to grow throughout the period between 5 and 8 years of age. It takes into account the learning your child will make and is be spread over the full, normal programme in such a way as to achieve slow progress by completing a subject each month.
It eventually allows for their development prior to joining the B-P Wolf Cub Section making the transition easier for your child.
A Beaver is always busy and bright, and helps other people by doing a good turn every day.
I promise to do my best,
To obey my Leaders and parents
And to be a good Beaver.
Busy and Bright
‘Dear Lord, help me to be a good Beaver, Always busy and bright.
Be with those so dear to me and help me do things right. Amen’
This is the first badge your child will attain at investiture. It is the first step in their movement through the Scout Group and is a welcome to the Association.
Before being invested as a Beaver the boy/girl must:
(1) Know a little about the beaver, and its habits and way of life
(2) Know the: Beaver motto, Beaver Salute, The Scout Handshake.
(3) Know a little about the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell and how Scouting started.
(4) Take part in the opening ceremony ( the tail-slap).
(5) Know the Beaver prayer.
(6)Know the Beaver Law and Promise.
(7) Identify the Union Flag and know what to do when it is ‘broken’ and when the National Anthem is played.
(8) Know a little about the characters and animals in ‘Friends of the Forest’.
- Handicrafts -Take part in an activity with Beavers in creative construction, drawing, painting or making things from scrap items.
- Collecting- Make a personal collection e.g. stamps, postcards or a joint collection with other members of the Colony.
- Safety - e.g. Safety in the home, water safety, Green Cross Code, safety in the street or park. Demonstrate a knowledge of any one of the above. Use of publicity material from RoSPA, COI, Local Government Public Safety Committee is to be encouraged.
- Physical Development- .Show an improvement in several skills involving physical effort e.g. games, sports, tying laces, fastening buttons.
- Social behaviour– Take an active and constructive part in the Colony activities, develop improved habits of cleanliness, tidiness, good conduct and show he/she can obey instructions and share with others.
- Help others– Understand the need to help other people by carrying out a special good turn either individually or as part of a Colony good turn.
- Nature study– Carry out an activity with the Colony in order to learn about some aspect of nature by practical means. e.g. study of animals, birds, insects, plants, flowers. Grow ‘coal ‘ flowers /seeds on flannel etc..
- Expedition– Take part in an outing with the Colony where new or adventurous activities will be experienced, hike, ramble, visit to a museum, or other building of local or historical importance.
- Conservation– Understand the importance of protecting our environment and the damage that can be done by vandalism, litter etc., Take part in a project to clear litter or rubbish from a local area./ Cultivate a small patch of land as a garden or nature reserve/ Take part in a salvage collection for at least ONE month.
- Story Telling– Listen attentively to stories told or read by a Scout Officer on several occasions and be able to interpret afterwards in different ways, e.g. acting, drawing, re-telling/Write a poem and recite it to the Colony. (The poem should be at least TWO verses long and contain a story.)
- Play Acting/ Miming– Learn to act or mime through engaging in a Colony activity which includes costume making, acting out a story/ Take part in a Scout-based entertainment on stage.
- Music/Singing- Take an active part in singing, either alone or with the Colony, to a reasonable standard/ Play any instrument so that the tune can be recognised
SECOND FOOTPRINT (Purple)
THIRD FOOTPRINT (Red)
FOURTH FOOTPRINT (Blue)
- Learn the first verse of the National Anthem
- Take part in a Colony good turn with an emphasis on your community by helping senior citizens (under supervision) or carrying out some work on a nature reserve or scheme to improve your neighbourhood.
- With the help of your Leaders, make contact with a Beaver Colony from another Area and find out something about their Colony. Ask if they will send you their Group Name Tape for your campfire blanket.
A Beaver who has first passed all FOUR FOOTPRINT BADGES will be awarded the Dam Builder Badge, which is a link between the Colony and the Pack, when he/she has completed the following:
(1) Visit the Pack and get to know his/her future Sixer and Akela.
(2) Know the Wolf Cub Law and Promise.
(3) Know the Wolf Cub Salute and Grand Howl and their meanings.
(4) Know the Wolf Cub Motto.
(5) Know a little about B-P and how Scouting started.(an extension of the Beaver investiture test).
(6) Know about the Jungle Book and how Mowgli entered the Pack.
This badge will be worn in the Wolf Cub Pack until replaced by the Leaping Wolf Badge and will be worn on the right of the jersey above the corresponding pocket position
Log badges have been introduced to recognise achievement whilst working towards the existing Footprint badges. For Footprints 1, 2 and 3 there are four activity areas; Learning, Developing, Exploring and Creating (formerly Discovering). The Log badges are colour coordinated in line with the corresponding Footprint badge. The order of log badges within a particular footprint is immaterial.
The idea is to gather logs as you work towards the highest award; the Dambuilder.
B-PSA UK Sections
Our Beaver Colonies are where our youngest children meet aged 5-8. Both boys and girls use the moto of "Busy and Bright".
The leaders take great care to ensure they give a balanced programme of outdoor activities which includes learning camp fire songs as well as playing team games with their friends. All of this is aimed at developing their confidence in a social and safe environment.
Beavers were first formed in Canada in 1973 and later came the UK to fill the gap for younger brothers and sisters. Whilst in the Colony the Beavers learn the ‘Friends of the Forest' story which is about a beaver growing up and moving onto be a wolf cub. When you are introduced to the Leaders of the Beaver Colony you will find that they have names taken from the ‘Friends of the Forest' book. Ahmeek is always the Colony Leader.
Beavers learn about their local community, their county and country and the wider world by visiting local public services and places of interest. All of this goes towards ensuring our Beavers achieve their four footprint badges for Learning, Developing, Exploring and Discovering before aiming to achieve their Dam Builder badge. Beavers can also earn a Project Award, Hobby Award and Friendship Badge (just to name a few).
Together and within the Colony they regularly do nature walks, and generally explore their local surroundings through this they get an appreciation and respect of their world around them.
If all of the above sounds like something you would like your child to take part in, maybe it's time to contact us & find a group near you...
If you'd like to find out more about what we do, check out the Beaver Programme page!