Beaver Scouts (Colony)
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Opening the door to friendship and adventure for girls and boys aged 5-7, Beaver Scouts discover the world through teamwork and fun activities.
Beaver Scouts experience diverse activities and a world of new adventures. Through nature walks, short hikes, tree planting, games, crafts and family events, Beaver Scouts gain valuable social skills while making new friends along the way. From camping to hiking and games galore, Beaver Scouts develop a respect for nature and others while exploring the world around them.
Beavers & Cubs Joint Camp @ Camp Byng
Going to Camp Byng with the Beavers was an ambitious idea for the leadership team because this would be the first time many of the Beavers would be away from their parents, and this was one of the furthest camps we had planned for the Beaver section. Although quite different from our typical camps, the Beavers had a lot of fun learning and exploring a new area. The beaver scouts really enjoyed the ferry rides to and from the campsite. Camp Byng was a great campsite because it allowed us to offer new activities like archery, a high ropes course, and a beach to explore. We are hoping to plan future trips to Camp Byng.
Overnight Sleepover @ Richmond Area Camp-in-a-Box
As a part of scouting, our beaver scouts get a chance to experience camping by attending the Camp-in-a Box event, some for the first time. They learn through fun activities while at an overnight camp hosted by our area groups. This camp allows beavers to decorate a box, prior to the camp, and sleeps in the box for the night after fun activities This camp allows beavers to interact with others amongst other scout groups and learn camping skills through various indoor activities such as an indoor campfire. Especially because beavers are our youngest section and could be new to scouting. This indoor camp allows them to be in a comfortable environment while experiencing the life of camping. This experience is a great way to build up youth’s expectation of what to look forward to with camps at the beaver age.
Indoor Campfire @ Regular Meeting
We run various scouting activities with the beaver scouts on a regular basis. Some of the activities are scouting-related like an indoor campfire. The indoor campfire we held for the beavers was full of surprises from songs, skits and cheers. Everybody sang along and enjoyed the activity. Overall it was a fascinating experience watching all the beaver scouts filled with enjoyment and smiles on their faces.
Beaver Scout Program
Personal Achievement Badges (PAB)
Personal Achievement Badges (PAB) are a set of 16 section-specific badges at the Beaver, Cub, and, Scout sections. These badges are designed based on interest areas of youth at their age group and the end goal is for youth to develop their self-interest and individuality. Progress for these badges should primarily be self-driven by the youth under the “Plan-Do-Review” framework and is mostly done outside of the regular scouting session. Our scouters are trained to help guide youths through this process. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take a part in helping their youth develop their interests. You can read more about the PAB component here.
North Star Award
The North Star Award is the top award of the beaver section. It contains three components:
- Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS)
- Community Service
- Meaningful Project
Beaver scouts can complete the OAS requirements throughout their years in the beaver section and at their last year (white tail), beaver scouts can complete the community service and meaningful project components. You can read more about the North Star Award requirements or top section awards here.
Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS)
The Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) is a core component of Scouts Canada’s youth program. It is important to allow youth to develop outdoor skills which enables them to acquire streams of skills to equip themselves to eventually create their own unique outdoor experiences as they grow up. This program is linear throughout the youth program (Beavers through to Rovers) and is separated into 9 different streams and 9 stages each for a total of 81 stages. You can read more about OAS component here.
Uniform Placement Guide
Below is a general guide for badge placement on the uniform. Please sew the badges on the uniform and keep in mind that OAS badges will have to be replaced as youths move to the next stage.
If you are joining scouting for the first time or moving up to a new section, please purchase the shirt at the scout shop. Our group will present the crests and neckerchief at the investiture ceremony.