Beaver Spooks Day
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends.
The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between age 7½ and 8½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
A Beaver Colony may be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. Lodges can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Beaver Scout Colony. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Beaver Scouts to gather at points at the start, during or at the end of the Colony meeting.
During their time in the Colony, Beaver Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on sleepovers. Participation, rather than meeting set standards, is the key approach, and there are a range of badges and challenge awards that Beaver Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.
This year our District Sleepover was held at Thriftwood Scout camp and the theme was Pirates!
We had 5 groups attend from Friday night to Saturday and then 6 groups attend from the Saturday night to Sunday with a total of 85 Beavers across the whole weekend.
The Beavers had the opportunity to sing songs around a camp fire, before settling down for the night, ready for the big adventure ahead on board the Turquoise Terror.
After breakfast, the Beavers were all transformed into ‘Pirate’s of the Turquoise Terror’ and met their fellow ship-mates. To help them become true pirates, they each made pirate hats, decorated treasure chests, and even got some pirate tattoos!
Throughout the day the Beavers were met with many challenges and activities, including walking the plank, climbing the rig, pirate training, map reading to help find treasure to fill their treasure chests, problem solving and a scavenger hunt.
The Beavers had a fantastic time and are all looking forward to next year!
Michelle Haddon ADC (Beavers)
2nd Squirrels Heath Beaver Oliver has been awarded by The University of Greenwich, National Winner in "Design a Robot" competition.
He entered the local competition entries and won 1st place. His entry was then put forward into the National winners entry and was awarded 1st place again. As well as his Award and Certificate, Olivers design is going to be made by the professors at The University of Greenwich for the TV show " Robot Wars ", where Oliver will then lead out his team and battle his Robot.
Yesterday afternoon Hornchurch District Beavers tested out a new event in the form of a challenge afternoon.
Working in small teams the Beavers flapped jellyfish, sucked and transferred sweets using straws, built structures with spaghetti and marshmallows, went fishing with mega sized fishing rods and wrapped up parcels of toilet rolls using tape and string.
A big thank you to Sue Cruse and Jackie Bruniges who organised and ran the event and the 2 Young Leaders, Lucy Bresslaw and Robert Chart who helped throughout with the activities and kept the Beavers entertained in the Spring sunshine during the refreshment break.
Looking forward to seeing this event again in 2018.
District Beavers have kicked off 2017 with an afternoon of bowling.
We all met at Rollerbowl Collier row.
There were a 119 Beavers in total that took part and well, what great techniques they showed - with curving balls, spares and many strikes scored.
This year all the Colonies that came along were entered into the Jambowlree World Scout Ten Pin Bowling competition.
I think I can confidently say that the Beavers had a lot of fun teaming up with other Beavers from different Colonies and showing off their skills.
Each Beaver left with a certificate showing their amazing score and most importantly a big smile.
Hornchurch District Beavers held there first Badge Day this October .
We had an amazing 149 Beavers for the day, they worked on 4 badges : Emergency aid stage 1:were they covered basic first aid .
Photography Badge : They made a scrap book with their photos and had a lesson from a photogropher ,Experiment Badge: the beavers had the opportunity to take part in many experiments and Explore Badge: they went exploring the surrounding and worked together as a team to find a list of things.
Although is was a wet day the Beavers didn’t let it spoil things, as in true scouting spirit the day went ahead rain or shine. The Beavers went home with there Badges and a smile .
Michelle Haddon ADCBS
The Beavers were invited to PartyMan at Lakeside to celebrate our 30th Birthday. The Beavers had the whole play area to themselves and had lots of fun running up and down the shoots , playing in the ball ponds and playing basket ball .
To finish it off in the traditional birthday way , they Beavers sat down to some party food and after that some dancing . As the Beavers left to go home ,they were presented with a goody bag along with a celebration cupcake.
I’m sure they were all very exhausted by the end of it!
The Beavers started off the year in February with bowling at the Rollerbowl - Collier Row.
There was an amazing amount of beavers that took part and a lot of very high score’s and strikes too. The Beavers left with happy faces and a bag of treats, also a certificate for the highest scorer in each lane...there was a lot of them!
Well Done Beavers! Here are a few photos of the winner
Hornchurch District Beavers had their annual Quiz in March and as always there were lots of fun questions and a lot of very good answers - many funny ones too. Great Team work .The winner’s was 8th Hornchurch St Georges & St Matthews and the runner up was 2nd Cranham.
This year was a record attendance for Spooks Day at Thriftwood with a whopping 184 Beavers attending!
We had a falconry team called Coda that came along for the day, which was brilliant.
They gave a talk to all the beavers in their small groups and after each talk the beavers were allowed to stroke the owl’s that they had brought along.
At the end of the day Coda also gave a brilliant flying display and talk to everyone, which was enjoyed by both Beavers and leaders.
The Beavers made their way around 8 different bases throughout the course of the day, which included: scary mummy brains and apple bobbing, soft archery and stocks, biscuit decorating, tattoo transfers and many other crafts and activities that kept them thoroughly entertained.
Finally, we finished off our Spook’s day with a camp fire, some songs, a few sweet treats and lots of very happy faces.