Beavers began in 1982, became part of the Scout Association in 1986, the Beaver Colony is the youngest section in the Scouting Family. Both boys and girls can join at the age of five and three quarters and be invested as a Beaver Scout around their sixth birthday. They “swim up” to the Cub Section when they are eight.
Beaver activities are all about having fun and making friends and are an exciting mix of adventure and achievement which the Beavers will enjoy in the colony.
Youngsters of this age like to ask “Why”? Start to develop values and beliefs, are sensitive, aware and critical. They are developing hand and finger control, using senses to try and make sense of the world around them, bound with energy and enthusiasm, curious, active, need to be involved, copying behaviour, more able to share and take turns, impatient if made to wait too long.
58th Reading Beavers meet once a week (except for school holidays). The Colony has four lodges (Holybrook / Kennet / Loddon and Thames).
Beavers are usually invested after four weeks in the Colony. When they are invested, they make their promise and can then proudly wear the 58th Reading Groups Royal Blue neckerchief. They are also awarded The World Membership, The Royal County of Berkshire and Reading Central District badges and the 58th Reading shoulder flash.
The Beaver Scout Promise
I promise to do my best
to be kind and helpful
and to love God.
There are alternative versions available for Beavers of other faiths or thewords “our world” can be used instead of God.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.Who are the Beavers?
The Beavers are the youngest section of 58th Reading Scout Group and of the wider Scout movement.
2.Who can be a Beaver?
Any boy or girl, aged 6-8yrs.
3.Where do the 58th Reading Beavers meet?
C.I.R.D.I.C. (Churches In Reading Drop In Centre), 1, Berkeley Ave, Reading RG1 6JT
4.When do the Beavers meet?
Every Monday in term time, from 6pm to 7.15pm.
5. What do Beavers do?
“Fun and Friends” is the Beavers’ motto! We play games, make things, visit places, take part in sports events and learn about and develop the Scout values, “to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love God”.
6. How much does it cost?
The weekly subs are £1.50, which covers the day to day running of activities and includes materials. There is a small investiture fee for the woggle, neckerchief, badges and logbook. The uniform (sweatshirt) can be purchased from us (speak to a leader for up to date costs). There are sometimes second-hand ones available if required.
7.Can Beavers go camping?
Beavers can have the opportunity to do a sleepover, where they can experience sleeping in a tent but indoors, this is to introduce them to the camping world.
8.What happens after the Beavers?
58th Reading Scout Group has a Cub Scout Pack and Scout Troop for Beavers to progress through.
9.Do you have to be a Christian to be in the Scouts?
The Scout Movement is interfaith and not specific to any religion. In the 58th we are very proud to say we are multicultural. During the year Beavers learn about different faiths, cultures and traditions.