The 1st Henley Beavers meet on Sunday evenings during term-time between 5 and 6.30. Girls and boys are eligible to join as soon as they turn six, and leave us to join Cubs when they turn eight.
We currently have 24 Beavers and a team of five enthusiastic adult leaders, and there are several volunteering options for parents keen to get involved. We run a rolling two-year programme of activities which aims to develop the confidence and skills of the Beavers. We try to spend as much time as possible outside, enjoying hikes, campfires and wide games in the woods. In the winter months we usually meet in the Scouts HQ and focus on building teamwork and practical skills, learning about the world, and, of course, earning badges!
Highlights from 2021-22 so far include seeing the International Space Station from Makins field, as well as viewing several planets through a telescope, an atmospheric night hike in the snow in December (no torches..), laser quest in Harpsden wood, campfire cooking, and a walkie-talkie treasure hunt.
Beavers are encouraged to work in teams and to develop confidence in speaking to an audience and sharing their ideas. For the older ones there are opportunities to learn about leadership as Lodge Leaders. Of course, we also have lots of fun playing games.
Beavers attend Henley’s annual Remembrance Parade with the rest of the Scout Group (in 2021 we had our photo in the national press) and we have arranged visits to venues as varied as RAF Benson and Pizza Express.
We aim to have at least one overnight residential experience each year. For most of the children this is their first experience of a ’night away’ and we often have parent volunteers staying over to help out. Sometimes we also run sleepovers in the Scouts HQ as a first step.
Beavers is a great introduction to the world of Scouting, and it’s amazing to see how much the youngsters’ confidence grows over their two years with us.