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Our Beaver Section opened on June 4th!

When And Where

8th Basildon Beavers meet once a week as a “Colony”. The Colony is be run by trained, voluntary leaders and helpers. Some of these are parents of Beaver Scouts.

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Beaver Scout activities are a combination of learning and having fun. The Colony will attend sleepovers in suitable buildings which are a great way of developing new skills, enhancing friendships and building confidence. They will learn about themselves and how to look after themselves, they will get to know people from their local community. They will find out about life in other countries and explore through organised activities.

Friends of the Forest

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, 8th Basildon’s Beavers will learn the ‘Friends of the Forest’ story which is about a beaver growing up and moving onto be a wolf cub and was written especially for the Beavers . 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.

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Ahmeek is always the Colony Leader. Other leaders names taken from the book will be from:

  • Bubbles – the person having so much fun splashing her feet in the water
  • Hawkeye – the tall person that first noticed the beavers in the pond
  • Rainbow – the one who wore clothes of many colours
  • Rusty – child whose hair was the colour of a red fox
  • Sunshine – the person with sparkling eyes and whose smile made people feel warm and good inside.
  • Tic Tac – the squirrel
  • Grizzly – the bear
  • Ringtail – the raccoon

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How Old Are Beaver Scouts?

Beaver Scouts are aged between 6 – 8 yrs but can join three months before their 6th Bithday.

What Do They Do?

They have fun! They …………

  • play games
  • meet new friends
  • gain badges
  • go on outings and visits
  • go outside
  • learn about the outdoors
  • create things
  • meet new people
  • listen to stories
  • become Cubs

Beaver Scout Badges

There are lots of badges you can earn while you are a Beaver Scout. This page lists all of the badges and tells you how to earn them. If you want more detail on a badge, click on its’ picture and you will be taken to the correct page on the Scout Association website with full details on the badge.

Membership Award

This is the badge you receive when you are invested into the Beaver Colony and make your promise. It shows everybody that you are a member of the Scout Association.

Membership Badge

Joining In Awards

You will receive a Joining In Award each year you are in the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers so that everyone knows how long you have been a member of the Scout Group. When you receive a Joining In Award, don’t forget to remove the previous one.

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Joining In Awards

Moving On Award

This award is presented to a Beaver just as they are moving on to the Cub Pack to show they have learned what Cubs is all about. This will be the first badge you wear on your Cub uniform.

Moving On Award
Moving On Award Beavers to Cubs

Challenge Badges

There are six challenge badges for you to try. You will usually earn these by attending every week at Beavers. You will need to earn all six of these before you can receive the top award called the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.

My Adventure Challenge Award
My Adventure
My Outdoors Challenge Award
My Outdoors
My Skills Challenge Award
My Skills
My World Challenge Award
My World
Personal Challenge Award
Teamwork Challenge Award

Chief Scout’s Bronze Award

The Chief Scout’s Bronze Award is the highest award available in the Beaver Scout Section. It is gained by completing all six of the Challenge Awards plus another four Activity Badges.

Chief Scout's Bronze Award
Chief Scout’s Bronze Award

Activity Badges

But that’s not all! There are 33 Activity Badges that you can complete at any time while you are a Beaver Scout. It is up to you to decide which Activity Badges you want to try so if you want to earn these badges, you should speak to your leader about what you have to do.

These cover everything you could possibly be interested in, from Adventure to Science, Computers to Music. If you have a hobby, interest or favourite sport there is an Activity Badge that you can work hard for, gain and wear on your uniform with pride.

Activity Badges can be worked on by any Beaver. They offer the opportunity for a Beaver or group of Beavers to take a particular interest or skill to a higher level. The detailed requirements of all the badges are on the Scout Association website; just click on the badge’s picture to be taken there.

Sometimes, badges will be run at the weekly meetings or at a special weekend event. And finally, badges just sometimes happen. Beavers gain bits and pieces towards a particular badge by taking part in activities, so it doesn’t seem like work at all! Beavers may work on badges at home but please talk to the Beaver Leader before they start.

In order to receive the top award, the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, you must earn at least four Activity Badges.

Many of the Activity Badges are individual badges just for the Beaver section.

Animal Friend Activity Badge
Animal Friend
Camp Craft Activity Badge
Camp Craft
Collector Activity Badge
Communicator Activity Badge
Cook Activity Badge
Creative Activity Badge
Cyclist Activity Badge
Disability Awareness Activity Badge
Disability Awareness
Experiment Activity Badge
Explore Activity Badge
Faith Activity Badge
Gardener Activity Badge
Global Issues Activity Badge
Global Issues
Hobbies Activity Badge
International Activity Badge
Photographer Activity Badge
Safety Activity Badge
Space Activity Badge
Sports Activity Badge

And some are staged so that you can earn higher levels as you improve. These badges are the same within Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Air Activities Staged Activity Badge
Air Activities
Community Impact Staged Activity Badge
Community Impact
Digital Citizen Stage Activity Badge
Digital Citizen
Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge
Digital Maker
Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge
Emergency Aid
Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge
Hikes Away
Musician Staged Activity Badge
Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge
Nautical Skills
Navigator Staged Activity Badge
Nights Away Staged Activity Badge
Nights Away
Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badge
Paddle Sports
Sailing Staged Activity Badge
Swimmer Staged Activity Badge
Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge
Time on the Water

In addition, if you develop your skills even further after you have gained an Activity Badge then you can also gain an additional award, the Activity Plus, for any Activity Badge.

Activity Plus Badge
Activity Plus



8th Basildon Beaver Scouts will 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
  • Group T-shirt
  • Group Scarf
  • Dark Blue jog bottoms, leggings or shorts (in hot weather)

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How much will it cost?

Weekly subscriptions will be £3.50. After a few weeks settling in period, you will need to purchase a Beaver uniform sweatshirt in order to become invested into scouting. On the day of investment there is a £15 charge for the group t shirt, scarf and uniform badges.

How Does My Son/Daughter Join?

  • Contact Steve Barlow at
  • Send a message through 8th Basildon’s Facebook Page at
  • Or come along and meet us. We will be meeting at Lee Chapel South Community Hall, Kibcaps, The Knares, Lee Chapel South, Basildon, SS16 5RX every Thursday (term time) 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

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