The Aim of the Scout Association
The aim of the Scout Association is to encourage the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people so they may take a constructive place in society. We offer an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training based upon a Beaver Scout Law and Promise. All activities are guided by adult leadership.
The Beaver Scout Colony
The Beaver Scout Colony is run by the Beaver Scout Leader (Otter) and usually at least one Assistant Leader. All leaders are volunteers who give their time for free and receive special training for their role. The Leaders are responsible for planning and running a programme of activities and games at Pack meetings and special events. All Leaders are DBS checked and will have completed ongoing Child Safeguarding training.
From 4th January 2018, Beaver Colony meetings will be held every Thursday evening between 17.15 and 18.30, We usually continue to meet during school holidays and half terms.
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.
Activities & Awards
Beavers will enjoy a great deal of fun and adventure whilst in the Colony, which will lead to the award of badges to wear on their uniform.
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.
Our Beaver Colony take part in a sleepover most years. This will either be with the district which involves over Beaver Colonies, or as a group. During these camps, children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities which will go towards their Badge work. We often go on hikes around the local area.
Thanet District Scouts often organise events which are open to all Beavers in the District – they are many and varied, but include a new year party, Swimming Gala, Cross Country run, Beaver sports day and visits. We try to take part in as many of these as is possible.
There are only two Church Parades which we expect all Beavers to attend. One is St George’s Day, which is organised by the District and takes place in April at the Winter Gardens, Margate. The other is Remembrance Day in Ramsgate in November which takes place in St George’s Church, Ramsgate.
The only items of Beavers uniform which needs to be purchased is the Beaver Scout Sweatshirt and a necker.
Full uniform i.e. as would be required for Church Parades or District events consists of the Blue sweatshirt, grey or black school trousers, and black shoes.
For normal colony meetings we are happy for the trousers and shoes to be replaced by a more informal pair of dark coloured track suit bottoms and black/dark trainers. We do recommend that the children wear suitable shoes for running around as they would be playing games.
We recommend that you obtain a larger size sweatshirt than you normally would to allow it to fit throughout your child’s career in Beavers.
Our 6th Ramsgate group scarf, which is white, can be purchased from the Section Leader, priced £4. Your Beaver will need this on the night they are invested.
The badges and woggle that your Beaver will need are supplied by us free of charge. However if your Beaver loses a badge or woggle, we do make a small charge to cover the cost of a replacement.
Scroll down for an illustration showing the positioning of the badges on the uniform.
We do expect a high standard of appearance.
The Beaver Promise & Law
Beaver Promise and Law
There are a number of variations of the Beaver Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK within Scouting.
For those for whom promising to do their “duty to God” is not appropriate, there are alternatives available. Please mention this to Otter before your Beaver’s Investiture.
There are a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Beaver Scout section.
There is a Scouting app available for iPhone/iPad and Android which is easy and fun for children to use. It has a comprehensive list of all badges and awards that are available. Search for “My Badges” in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.
There are many activity badges to be earned covering a whole range of topics and skills!
Beavers can show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
Staged Activity Badges
Staged Activity badges are available from beginner Beavers to experienced Explorers!
A Beaver can earn Staged Activity Badges at an appropriate level of challenge, covering a range of topics and skills at increasing levels of difficulty.
A Challenge Award is awarded for accomplishing more ambitious tasks within the Colony or Community.
Challenges include: outdoor and adventure; world and skills. Beavers can develop their skills and understanding in each of the challenge areas.
The Core badges include the Scout membership badge, group badges and moving on awards.
All Beavers will receive some core badges as soon as they are invested to get them off to a great start!
Parents get their sewing kits out!
Beaver Welcome Pack
If you have a Beaver who would like to join 6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Group, please download the Beaver Welcome Pack, which should give you all the information you need to know about joining and being a member. The pack contains joining forms and standing order form. Please bring the forms with you to your Beaver's first meeting.
EVERY NEW MEMBER GETS THEIR FIRST MONTH OF SUBS FREE.