Beavers

Beaver Scouts offers a diverse and dynamic programme of activities for boy and girls aged 6 and 7 years old. Beaver colonies are part of local community based scout groups.

After attending the colony for several weeks, Beavers are invested. They make their promise to “Do my best to be kind and helpful and to love God”. They are then given their distinctive group neckerchief (scarf) group to wear with their distinctive turquoise jumper.

Why become a Beaver?

Scouting offers friendship with a purpose: to support young people into becoming self-confident and vibrant individuals. By being part of a beaver colony and the wider Scouting family, Beavers begin to grow into happier, more confident young people with a broad range of friends, learn new life skills and build a bank of happy memories.

What do Beavers do?

The Beaver programme supports young people in their on-going exploration of their community and their wider world. Skilled volunteers provide engaging opportunities for the Beavers to expand their knowledge, explore new horizons and develop interpersonal skills such as listening, teamwork and problem solving. Colonies meet weekly – usually for an hour – and enjoy a mix of activities.

From games and sports to arts and crafts, there is genuinely something in the Beaver programme to meet every child’s interests and aptitudes. Fundamental to Scouting is a love of, and respect for, the great outdoors. Wherever possible, colonies will go out on visits to places as diverse as fire stations and forests.

When your child joins a beaver colony, they also become part of the worldwide family of scouts. This means they also gain access to an exciting district programme. Beavers from all the colonies across Gateshead come together to compete in sports days, get creative and junk model, to laugh and have fun. Gateshead Beavers also have access to the wonderful events planned by Durham Scout County, including the Beaver Picnic at Moor House.

The pinnacle of Beaver Scouting is the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. Beavers achieve this prestigious award by successfully completing six challenge badges which encourage them to learn new skills, try new things and spend a night on a sleepover with their colony. Beavers who successfully meet the challenge are awarded their bronze award at a fabulous autumn ceremony.

Beaver Scouts in Gateshead

We currently have Beaver Colonies at the following Scout Groups. Please click on the Scout Group name to access the Scout Group page and check on the availability of places:

Scout Group Location Meeting Night
5th Birtley Birtley (DH3 1AD) Monday
7th Gateshead Bensham / Teams (NE8 2SZ) Thursday
9th Gateshead Wrekenton (NE9 7JS) Friday
12th Gateshead Whickham (NE16 4SH) Friday
13th Gateshead Beacon Lough (NE9 6RZ) Monday
21st Gateshead Low Fell (NE9 5EU) Friday
31st Gateshead Low Fell (NE9 6QD) Friday
32nd Gateshead Whickham (NE16 4SP) No Beavers
39th Gateshead Windy Nook (NE10 9SU) Friday

Can you help transform lives?

Volunteering with a Beaver colony is tremendous fun and helps adults to gain work skills which are useful outside of their volunteer role. The enthusiasm of the Beavers means that being an adult volunteer in a beaver colony is rewarding and highly valued by our volunteers.

To find a place a local beaver scout colony, check out our Join Us page.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls