Try new things. Make new friends. Joining Beavers is just the beginning of your big adventure.

Who are beavers?

Beavers are young people aged 6 to 8 who:

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, on their own doorstops and beyond

Every week, they gather in groups called Beaver Colonies 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.

What do Beavers get up to?

Being a Beaver is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends.

Exploring the great outdoors

You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Colony. Together, you might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or host a Beaver sleepover beneath the stars. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstop, because being a Beaver is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Trying new activities and learning new things

Going to Beavers is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, you’ll figure the world out by exploring, playing and doing.

The most important skills you’ll learn at Beavers are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Helping others

Beavers work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new on a rainy Tuesday night, they always lend a hand.

Awards

Challenge Awards

From your very first day at Beavers to your last day at Explorers, being a Scout is all about trying new things and steadily growing strong.

Start with your membership badge and climb all the way up. You can work towards as many as you like, at your own pace. And by the time you move on to Cubs, you’ll have a whole host of achievements under your belt.

Further information about awards for the Beaver section can be found here.

Activity Badges

Become an expert in something you love, or try something shiny and new. There’s a badge to suit each and every Beaver.

Further information about Beaver activity badges can be found here.

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Activity badges

7

Challenge Badges

18

Staged Badges

What does a Beaver Colony look like?

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. In some groups, Beaver leaders are nicknamed after characters from nature, books or films. In others, Beavers call their leader by their real first name.

All Beavers are members of the global Scout family. Closer to home, they’re also part of a wider local Scout Group, alongside Cubs (aged 8 to 10 1/2) and Scouts (aged 10 ½ to 14). When they’re older, they can join Explorers (for 14 to 18 year olds) and – eventually – Scout Network (for our young adult members aged 18 to 25).

Joining Beavers

The first step to becoming a Beaver is to find your nearest Colony using our finder tool. To get started, reach out to a local leader to see if spaces are available and find out more about where and when the group meets.

Beavers is open to all, and we can usually tweak things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, chat with your local leader as soon as possible. By being upfront from the start, parents/carers can work in partnership with local leaders to make sure their young person has .

Is there a waiting list?
Lots of young people want to join Beavers and you might have to wait for a space to become available before you can start your journey. If your local Colony has a waiting list, parents and other adults might want to think about what they could do to help out. Regardless of skillset or availability, there’s an opportunity for everyone to contribute.
What should I wear?
On your first night at Beavers, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in.

Eventually, you’ll get your own Beaver uniform to wear to meetings and on trips and nights away. Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone to feel a part of the Colony. It also gives you a place to show off all the Beaver badges you earn.

For Beavers, the uniform consists of a blue sweatshirt with your badges sewn on and a coloured scarf or ‘necker’ to represent your local group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as hats and hoodies. Uniform can either be bought from our online shop - Scout Store - or from a local supplier. If you’re not sure where to start, adult volunteers can give you more information about what to buy and where to buy it.
How much does it cost?
The cost of going to Beavers will vary depending on how your local Colony does things. Usually, a basic fee covering the cost of the hire and upkeep of the Beaver meeting place will be collected weekly, monthly, termly or annually - depending on local arrangements. Trips, camps and activities that take place away from the usual meeting place are usually charged separately.

Beavers is designed to be an accessible and affordable way for young people to learn lots of new skills through a single membership. Nobody should feel excluded from Beaver activities because of money worries. If they’re concerned about costs, adults should speak to their local leader in confidence, to see what they can do to help. In most cases, support is available to make sure nobody misses out. You can find out more about our grants here.

Moving up to Cubs

Eventually, it’ll be time to say farewell to Beavers and embrace your next big adventure..

Find out about Cubs >

Ready to get involved or just want to know a little bit more?

Then get in touch with your local group.