What is Beavers?
Beavers are the youngest Scouts and are usually aged between 6 - 8 years old.
We meet every Friday during term time between 6:00 - 7:15pm
How to join
We currently have a waiting list to join our Beaver section, as there is a limit to how many children we can safely run activities for.
Usually we can make a space within 6 months, however, we have to offer priority to brothers and sisters wanting to join the group as well.
Visit the joining page to add your name to the waiting list.
Beaver uniform is made up of a blue sweatshirt and a scarf / neckerchief in the group’s colours. We recommend wearing a tshirt underneath (so that you can take the jumper off when it gets warm in the hall), and sensible trousers and trainers for doing activities in.
The sweatshirt costs approx. £14 and can be bought online from Scout Shops or Amazon, from independent school uniform shops or from John Lewis.
Beavers receive their scarf and woggle when they make their promise after 4 weeks. Your first scarf is paid for through the monthly subscriptions you pay to the group, but a replacement costs £5.
There are a number of optional uniform items including caps, polo shirts and shorts available to buy but these aren’t necessary unless you really want to.
Information for new parents
The first few weeks
You don’t need to buy uniform or start paying subs for your first few weeks, until your child’s decided that they’re enjoying Beavers and wants to continue. We hope that they’re going to have a great time, but occasionally it’s not the right fit and in which case we won’t charge you subs for that first couple of weeks or insist you buy a top.
When your child’s made up their mind that they want to join, then we get them into a uniform and after 4 weeks they can make their promise and join the group
Making your promise
An important part of Scouting is getting invested - the ceremony where you become part of our group, as well as the worldwide movement of scouts, make your promise, and are given your scarf.
Beavers promise to do their best, to be kind and helpful and to love God. Different versions of the promise are available depending on your faith (or absence of one.)
Parents are invited to come along in fourth week of term to watch their child make their promise at the end of the evening.
Annual subscriptions are £90 / year, which we collect as £30 a term (in 3 x £10 installments). A large amount of this goes on insurance and membership of the Scout Association, with the rest going to towards the equipment we use on camps and the materials we use at meetings.
Once your child is invested, we’ll add your payments to Online Scout manager which lets you pay for everything online, or by direct debit. We’ll ask for the £10 from their trial month to cover the cost of their scarf, woggle and badges and then start to charge subs as normal after that.