Beavers (6 to 8): Try new things and make friends

May 22: Demand to join Beavers goes beyond our capability to provide places and we now have a long first come waiting list to join. If you can commit to joining as a volunteer we can reduce the waiting list and will be able consider fast tracking your child.

Beavers are a group of young people who:
  • Learn new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on mini adventures
  • Make friends and have fun
  • Learn about joining with others


Beavers is the very first step in the Scouting journey for young people. Beaver Colonies meet every week to hop, skip and jump their way through lots of different games and activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.

Each Colony is made up of young people aged 6 to 8, led by an adult Beaver leader. Other adult volunteers are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe. Within their Colony Beavers are formed into small groups called Lodges so they can start to learn about being in a team and working with others.

Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Together, they might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or host a Beaver sleepover beneath the stars. And even though they might not be ready to climb Snowden just yet, they’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on their own doorstop.

Beavers is very different to school or a youth club. Our young people figure the world out by exploring, playing games together and doing things hands on. For their age Beavers feel super strong standing on their own two feet and having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Beavers make a promise when they are invested into the Colony a month or so after their first visit. This is a set of words that Beavers try to follow everyday on treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best.

Beavers is open to all, boys and girls, regardless disability, race, religion, background or income. All we ask is that our young people uphold our values and parents are open with any adjustments we may need to make.

Demand to join Beavers goes beyond our capability to provide places and we operate a waiting list to join. We always need new volunteers to help as and increase the number of Beavers we can accept. If you can commit to joining our team of volunteers, we will be able to accept your child straightaway.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls