What do beavers do?

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.

Children join a Beaver Scout Colony for many reasons. It might be they have heard great things from their friends about all the things your Colony gets up to every week. Perhaps parents or carers are keen for them to join. Whatever their reasons, they will have great fun  with our  weekly programme.

Beavers meet on Wednesdays at 6:00pm till 7:15pm

Since Beaver Scouts became a part of The Scout Association in 1986, it has been one of the quickest growing Sections. It currently has somewhere in the region of 100,000 members in 7,000 Colonies! The Beaver Scout Colony will tend to meet weekly for about an hour, but they will also
have the chance to go on a residential experience every year and there might also be day trips away.

Who is Beaver Scouting for?

Beaver Scouting is open to young people aged between six and eight years old who want to join and can make the Beaver Scout Promise.

The Beaver Scout Promise

Scouting differs from many organisations in that it requires its Members to make a Promise. The wording for Beaver Scouts is simpler than that of the Scout Promise, it is:

I promise to do my best

To be kind and helpful

and to love God.

Different wordings of the promise are available for those of different faiths who may prefer not to use the word “God” and for those with special circumstances and needs.

By making the promise a young person becomes a Member of the worldwide Movement; they become a Scout.

The Motto

The motto for all Members of the Movement is:

Be Prepared.

The Beaver Scout Uniform

Beaver Scouts wear a turquoise sweatshirt. They also wear a scarf (sometimes called a “necker”), which varies in colour from Scout Group to Scout Group. They also have a woggle, to keep their scarf up. Traditionally all Beaver Scouts wear a maroon coloured woggle, but they may also wear a
woggle of the colour of the Lodge they are in (see below on how Beaver Scouts are organised). There are several other items of optional uniform.

How Beaver Scouts are organised

Beaver Scouts meet together as a Colony and work within a variety of small groups called “Lodges”. A team of adults will run the Beaver Scout Colony. Some will be uniformed Leaders, others may be informal Assistants or helpers. Explorer Scouts who are Young Leaders might also
assist the leadership team in the running of the Colony.


Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership
Award and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family.

What do Beaver Scouts do?

Beavers take part in a wide range of activities. These include making things, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends. They do this through taking part in a programme of activities provided by the leadership team.