Category: Beavers News

1st Normandy Beaver Sleepover

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16 1st Normandy Beaver Scouts together with 2 Duke Of Edinburgh Award participants, 3 Adult Helpers and 3 leaders met at the Scout hut in Normandy for a Cowboy themed Beaver Sleepover over the weekend of 9th and 10th May.

The Beavers transformed themselves into cowboys making sheriff badges, cowboy hats and horses before searching for gold following the clues around the surrounding woods. A wigwam camp was made before the Beavers tested their bravery skills by putting their hands into the mouth of the “Hungry ‘orse”.

After a typical cowboy supper of baked potatoes, sausages, chicken drums sticks and vegetables followed by a fruit salad (the vegetables and fruit salad being prepared by the Beaver Scouts), the cowboys tested their coordination skills by beating open the horse piñata.

Tents were erected within the Scout hut and the sleeping quarters were arranged before we all headed out to toast marshmallows on the campfire and to sing a number of loud songs!

In the morning, after a bacon bap, the Beavers pinned the tail on ‘Neddy the horse’ before sleepover certificates and nights away badges were awarded.

Beavers (Thursday) News – November 2014

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Since starting in September the Beavers have been working on their Friendship Challenge Badge and also their Experiment, Imagination and Faith Activity Badges.

Activities – Some of the things we have completed are:

Visit to Farnborough Fire Station
Visit from local Policeman
Remembrance Parade
Visit to St Marks Church Normandy
Worked on our own Anti Bullying Policy

We have also introduced the Golden Woggle which is for the best behaved beaver of the week, of which they all get very excited about.

Before the end of the year we will be attending:

The Bag Packing at Burpham
9 of our Beavers will be taking part in the Beaver Christmas Craft Afternoon on 29th November.
Trip to the see Snow White Panto in Guildford.

Beavers (Wednesday) News – November 2014

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Badge Work

The Beavers have this term been working towards achieving the Friendship Challenge badge and have also been earning the Safety, Faith and Space badges.


  • Cork catapults which fired mini marshmallows
  • Filled jam jars with creatures from the woods – found a couple of frogs
  • Made jelly and ate it around the campfire followed by a few songs
  • Visited St.Mark’s church
  • Learnt about Italy
  • Made fairy cakes – most were edible
  • Went for a walk in the woods searching for Owls using Owl ‘attractors’


This was scheduled for the weekend of 25/26th October. However, the event was cancelled due to lack of interest. Only 5 out of 18 Beavers wanted to come. I will re-arrange in the new year.

Beavers Report – December 2009

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The Beaver section continues to thrive, and will in the New Year be expanding to take 24 Beavers, thanks to continued help from parents.

This last term the Beavers have been working towards their Air Activities badge. This involved making paper aeroplanes, finding out about different forms of air transport. To help with the badge the colony was visited by the “Reach for the Sky” hot air balloon company who talked about hot air balloons and bought along one of their baskets for all the beavers to get in.

For the rest of the term the Beavers practised their entertainment for the Group Christmas Show and also made a number of craft items for sale at the show.


Beavers Report – May 2009

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The Beavers are thriving and we now have a regular 18 young people attending our very busy colony and about 40 on the waiting list.

We have now got a regular parent helper and have had a good response from the parents with 3/4 parent helpers for the pond dipping and hike activities.

We are still looking for a permanent helper as we would like to extend the Beaver family to 24 young people. A few parents have very kindly offered to take on the Administration work for Kathy and me which is very helpful and much appreciated.

Activities have included a pets evening, animal quiz, sock puppets, a talk from the guide dogs society and meeting a guide dog, pizza/fruit salad making, making sandwiches, smoothies and pancakes, easter egg hunt, nests and eggs and planting sunflower seeds to name a few.

We also have an exciting programme for the rest of the summer term to include; pond dipping, packing a rucsac, knots, presentation from children for their hobbies badge, putting up at tent, hike and a picnic with parents.

Looking forward to a new term and year in September.

Beavers Report – November 2007

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We started the term with 19 Beavers. 3 have moved up to Cubs. Of five new Beavers one has dropped out and so I will be investing 4 new Beavers next week.

This term has been travelling “Around the World”. We have made passports complete with photos and have these stamped with each new country we visit. We have been to USA, Australia & India. We have made & eaten food from each country – always popular. We are currently in India talking about Diwali – making latterns – willow frames and tissue paper continents glues on to represent the world. We will visit Russia next as we support a charity “Love Russia”. Jim from Love Russia is coming to talk on 27.11.07. We are asking them to bring in “pants and a pound”. Jim will explain how the (new) underwear will be taken to orphanages in Russia for the children who often don’t have enough underwear.

Next term will be my last as Yellow Beaver and despite letters to everyone currently in Beavers and on the waiting list only one parent has contacted me to find out what is involved. She unfortunately won’t have the time to run the colony but will help with some admin – badges etc.

The planters at the front of the hut did well in the summer and now the right hand one looks messy. Next week I hope the Beavers will help to put the strawberry runners in from the left hand one. If anyone has any old bags of compost – we will need as much as possible to raise the levels as they dropped considerably after the Beavers planted them back in May. Just leave the bags (however big or small) next to the right hand planter. We bought six bags of compost in the spring to enrich & top up the soil I provided and it would be good not to have to spend out on more.