The Henley Beaver colony meets on Sunday evenings between 5 and 6.30. Beavers join us close to their sixth birthday and leave us to join cubs when they are eight. We currently have a team of four adult leaders and regularly have volunteers from Scouts joining us to help out. We are always keen to talk to parents who would like to be leaders. We have a rolling two year programme of activities which aims to develop the confidence and skills of the Beavers. We aim to spend as much time as possible outside on hikes and playing games such as ‘Capture the flag’ in the woods. Sessions based in the Scout Hut are focused on gaining badges on topics ranging from cooking (pancakes) to exploring the universe for the ‘ Space’ badge. The Beavers are encouraged to work in teams and to develop confidence in speaking to an audience and sharing their ideas. Of course, we also have lots of fun playing a wide range of games in the hut and on the Makins field. For the older ones there are opportunities to learn about leadership as Lodge Leaders and Assistant Lodge Leaders. Beavers attend the annual Remembrance Parade in the Town Square with the rest of the Scout Group and we have arranged interesting visits to venues as varied as RAF Benson and Pizza Express. We have at least one overnight residential experience each year. This has normally taken place at the Scout Adventure Centre at Youlbury. For most of the children this is their first experience of a ’night away’ and we often have parent helpers staying over to help out. The activities at Youlbury include abseiling and tomahawk throwing. We also attend other County wide events such as ‘Oxonjam’ and ‘ Beavers go wild’. Beavers is a great introduction to the world of Scouting and it is amazing to see how much the confidence of the youngsters grows over their two years with us.
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