- Beavers (Scouting)
Beavers in Scouting is one name for the youngest section of
Scoutingwith members (most commonly boys) younger than Cub Scoutsand sometimes going to as young as five years of age. Other names are used in some countries. The programme is based on the concept of co-operating and sharing with "Sharing, sharing, sharing" its motto.
The Beaver programme started in the 1960s and 1970s in various countries around the world, with
Canadaand Northern Irelandleading the way.
The reasons for Beaver Scouting to be started were similar to the Cub Scout, or
Wolf Cub, section in 1916: that adult leaders were bringing their younger children to meetings, and the youth members were in turn bringing their younger siblings.
Beaver Scouts were not formally recognised by many Scouting Associations until well into the 1980s, but were still run with the ideals of Scouting, as laid down by Baden-Powell in 1907, influencing them.
Beaver groups are often called colonies and meetings sometimes include a ceremony with a "beaver dam" in which the Beavers work together to fix a breach in the dam.
Beaver Scouting Around the World
Scouts Australia, this section is called Joey Scouts. (A joeyis an infant kangaroo.)
Scouts CanadaBeavers are aged five to seven. Members normally wear a brown vest as a uniform with a blue t-shirt and a blue and brown Beaver Hat. The program is based around a specially written story called Friends of the Forest.
Beaver Promise:I promise to love God and help take care of the world.
Beaver Law:A Beaver has fun, works hard and helps family and friends.
Beaver Motto:Sharing, Sharing, Sharing
A new Beaver is called a "Kit"; a kit must learn the Beaver Promise, Law, and Motto and go through an investiture ceremony to become an "Eager Beaver". The investiture ceremony officially welcomes the Beaver into the Scouting program and during this ceremony the Beaver receives a tail, neckercheif, and badges for their uniform.
A five year old beaver is a brown tail, a six year old is a blue tail and a seven year old is a white tail. The tail is attached to the back brim of the Beaver Hat.
The beavers 'swim up' to cubs towards the end of the year that they are white tails.
Beavers do not collect any individual badges.
Scouting New Zealand, this section is called Keas. (A keais a New Zealand parrot.)
The Scout Association
The Scout Associationofficially recognised Beaver Scouts in 1986, but there had been informal colonies around the country for some years beforehand. The programme is run for six-to-eight year olds, and precedes Cub Scouts.
The Beaver Scout section currently has the largest proportion of members within Scouting in the United Kingdom, with many colonies servicing waiting lists, some of which may have several times as many waiting as there are actual members.
The uniform is a turquoise sweatshirt or t-shirt, with the group colours for the neckerchief.
Baden-Powell Scouts' Association
Baden-Powell Scouts' Associationrecognised Beaver Scouts in 1982, although some Groups do not operate Beaver colonies as they were not part of Baden-Powell's concept. The programme serves 5 to eight year olds, and is followed by Wolf Cubs [ [http://www.traditionalscouting.co.uk/beavers.htm Baden-Powell Beavers] ] .
The uniform is a grey jumper, with the group colours for the neckerchief. Some groups also issue Beavers with caps.
Various troops in Switzerland also have Beaver Scouts (in some Cantons also called "Fünkli", "Füchse" or "Murmeli"), but they are not officially recognised by the
Swiss Guide and Scout Movement.cite web |title=Pfadiwiki.ch - Entry on Beaver Scouts|url=http://www.pfadiwiki.ch/index.php/0._Stufe|publisher=Pfadiwiki.ch (Independent Swiss Scout wiki)|accessdate=2007-05-08]
They usually only wear the troop's neckerchief but have no uniform.
* [http://www.scouts.ca/beavers.asp Beaver Scouts of Canada]
* [http://www2.scouts.org.uk/beavers/index.html Beaver Scouts of UK Scout Association]
* [http://www.castorini.altervista.org Beaver Scouts (Castorini) of an Italian Colony]
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