Who are Beavers?

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

Every week, we meet together in our Colony to hop, skip and jump our way through lots of different games and activities.

What do Beavers get up to?

Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways.

Exploring the great outdoors

We spend lots of time outside with our Colony. Together, we might build a den, or go on a trip, or host a Beaver sleepover or camp. And 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 and whoever you are.

Trying new activities and learning new things

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. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Helping others

Beavers work as a team to help other people, in our local community and beyond. Whether we are changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new, we always lend a hand.

Who leads Beavers?

Our Colony is led by an adult Beaver leader. Other adult volunteers are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe.

Within our Colony, Beavers are also part of a Lodge (a smaller group of Beavers), headed up by a young person who takes on a Lodge Leader role.

A Lodge Leader is 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.

Beavers usually stand together in their Lodges at the beginning and end of meetings and often stick together on trips away, or during some activities.

The bigger Scout family

There are Scouts all over the world. From the rainy rainforests of the Amazon to the smallest of the Scottish Isles, Beavers are a part of this worldwide Scout family. Closer to home, we are also part of 3rd Wingerworth Scout Group – see here for more information.

Promises and ceremonies

As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Beaver is about exploring who you are and what you stand for. When you join the Colony, you’ll start thinking about this by making a promise (a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow everyday).

Every time a new Beaver decides to join, they make their promise out loud in front of their leader and fellow Beavers. This is called being “invested” and usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.  Sometimes family and friends might come along to see this, too.

Everyone is unique but there are some things all Beavers agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on your own beliefs, you might also promise to live by your faith.

Beavers choose the promise that best suits them. Options can be found here.

Find out more;

Joining – Please go to our Membership Enquiry page.

Uniform purchase – The Chesterfield District Scout Shop can help.

Uniform / Badge Placement – click here.

Badges – For more information on the Badges Beavers can work towards click here.