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 doorsteps and beyond
Beavers are all about having fun, making friends, and learning new skills. Beavers meet weekly to try out a huge range of activities, which might include science experiments, crafts, den building, and more. We also go on day trips, sleepovers, and camps, giving many Beavers a real adventure - their first night away from home!
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 doorstep, 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.
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.
Promises and ceremonies
As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Beaver is about exploring who you are and what you stand for. These are big ideas, and when you join the Colony, you'll start thinking about them by making a promise. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow every day.
Making the promise is a big celebration within the Colony. Every time a new Beaver decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Beavers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being 'invested' into Beavers, and it usually takes place once you've had a few weeks to settle in.
Everyone is unique but there are some things all Beavers agree on - such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.
Beavers choose the promise that best suits them. Options can be found here
All the current Beaver Badges in poster format.
Once you earn all the badge this Beaver Uniform Badge Placement Diagram shows you where they go.