Beaver Badge Day 2018
On a very sunny day for October, at Thriftwood scout camp.
A 150 Beavers took part in our Badge day and worked on 3 badges:
Photography Badge: The beavers each made a scrap book with their photos they had taken, they had a lesson from a photographer and took lots of selfies using a camera.
Explore Badge: They went exploring the surrounding areas and worked together as a team to find a list of things.
Music stage 1: This badge has 4 elements. Skills, they repeated a tune or song on musical instruments and covered Knowledge and Interest as well. The beavers made a shaker and a drum to practice what they had learnt when they went home.
The beavers performed a new song that they had learnt around the camp fire, to finish of the fun filled day.
I’m sure we all went home signing the baby shark tune.
District Beaver Sleepover 2018
This year 106 excited beavers and 40 leaders from 13 colonies across the District descended on Belchamps Scout Campsite for our annual sleepover. The circus themed event was held over 2 nights in order to accommodate all the participants, 7 colonies attended on Friday night and 6 on Saturday night.
Friday evening’s activities began with costume designing and badge-making before heading off to the campfire circle for a good old sing-song. After a quick supper, the Beavers were eager to get to bed and prepare for an exciting day ahead.
After breakfast, the Beavers dressed in their circus inspired t-shirts and teamed up with their fellow circus performers. Faces were decorated, tattoos proudly displayed and muscles flexed, we were ready to show off our prowess in the ring!
Throughout the day the Beavers trained to be clowns, practiced their circus skills including plate spinning, juggling and stilt-walking. They mastered the art of tightrope-walking and demonstrated great teamwork, balance and acrobatics. The day was rounded off by a masterclass in balloon-modelling.
After a quick respite, we were ready for a repeat performance and the second batch of beavers arrived to do it all over again. On Sunday we were joined by a special guest who entertained both beavers and leaders throughout the day with magic and silly antics.
The Beavers had an excellent time and went home happy and exhausted!
Teamwork Challenge 2018
This year’s Teamwork Challenge event took place on a freezing cold, snowy afternoon in March. It was attended by 9 colonies from across the District.
Beavers worked in teams where their problem-solving, team-working and leadership skills were put to the test.They tackled a variety of tasks which included creating animal paper sculptures using small pieces of paper which had to be easily identifiable by their leaders, building the tallest tower, present wrapping, quizzes and a scavenger hunt in the snow! The final task required them to work well as a team using their pioneering skills to create a gadget that would enable them to retrieve a bag of goodies from the other side of the hall using bamboo canes, sticky tape, elastic bands, string and garden wire!
A big thank you to Sue Cruse and her team for organising such a fantastic event. The beavers thoroughly enjoy themselves and are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Hornchurch District Beavers Bowling
Beaver Spooks Day
District Beaver Sleepover May 2017
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)
Design a Robot
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.