Category: Beaver Scouts

Beavers Christmas Craft Afternoon

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In late November, Normandy Scout hut was transformed into a hive of Christmas activity. Nearly 60 Beavers from across the district met for an afternoon of festive crafting. The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves making a wide variety of Christmas crafts. These included felt tree decorations, 3D Christmas trees, snowman biscuits, Christmas cards, toilet roll snowmen and stained glass window pictures. The latter involved much glitter. I expect Normandy will be hoovering it up for many weeks!

Thanks to all the leaders and helpers for running the activities, and to all the Beavers who came along. This is sure to become an annual fixture on the district calendar.

Our next district event is the inaugural junk modelling competition in March; in which we hope teams of Beavers will again display their creative prowess using a pile of junk!

District Beaver Fun Day 2014

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On Saturday 7th June 50 Beaver scouts from across the district met at Normandy for an afternoon of space themed fun. This theme was chosen to coincide with the launch of the new Space activity badge. The weather was kind, and despite the threat of rain all the Beavers were able to join in a range of indoor and outdoor activities.

These activities included decorating a constellation cookie, being able to name the eight planets in our solar system and watch a presentation on a current space mission. Thanks to Tony Lees who ran a rocket launching activity, with the 6 fastest launchers pitted against each other for a final ‘Rocket Off’ .This was won by Isak from 1st Stoughton.

The Beavers also enjoyed some traditional scouting activities such as tracking and rope making. A huge thank you to all the leaders and helpers that made the afternoon so successful.

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New Activity Badges

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Ahead of the launch of the revised programme in 2015, the Scout Association has launched a range of new activity for the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections.

Some of the New Activity Badges

Some of the New Activity Badges

For further information on any of the new badges, use the links below:

Beaver Scout Activity Badges

Camp Craft 
Disability Awareness

Cub Scout Activity Badges

Backwoods Cooking
Fire Safety
Disability Awareness

Scout Activity Badges


Explorer Scout Activity Badges

Survival Skills

Staged Activity Badge for all sections

Time on the Water

District Beaver Sleepover 2010

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Beaver Scouts from 2nd Guildford, 5th Guildford and St. Nicolas 9th Guildford; 23 Beaver Scouts in total descended on Bentley Copse camp site.

The evening started with the mandatory safety talk and a walk around the site. We then waited for our camp fire to be lit by Akela Tony and Adam Lees, they were struggling, due to the wood being wet (note for future- take some dry stuff!) but perseverance paid off and the fire was roaring, an energetic camp fire commenced, rounded off by having roasted marshmallows.

To calm the young people down after the fire they watched a DVD of the film ‘UP’ Believe it! they were settled by 11:15 YES that’s correct 11:15 they didn’t wake until 06:45 How brilliant is that?

The day started with a visit from the ACC for Beavers Sharon Andrews and our own DC. Sharon had the great pleasure of awarding Swallow, Janis Payne with her award of merit.

The day continued with karting and the adventure course, remembering that the sun shines on the righteous we had lovely sun all day.

The Beavers left at four O’clock tired but very happy and excited, It was a wonderful sleep over and I would like to thank all those who helped make it a great day!

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Bazzaz 2009

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bazzaz_2009_04On the 13th of June 2009, Beaver Scouts from Guildford West District joined 2,000 Beaver Scouts from Surrey to try out their circus skills at Bazzaz 2009.

Bazzaz happens every three years each time with a different theme. The theme for this year’s Bazzaz was the Circus.

With over 100 activities to take part in at Cranleigh Showground in Cranleigh, Surrey, there was a lot to do, remember the Disney advert where the small boy stands in amazement well imagine the same scene but with 2,000 small boys and girls as they walked though the entrance.

What activities were there to do?
bazzaz_2009_01The activities were split up into District ran activities and bought in activities. This was to ensure that there was a large range of different activities that could be participated in during the day.

The Beavers were able to try quad biking, caving, climbing and backwoods cooking along with other adventurous activities to give them a taste of what’s to come in Cubs.

Many of the district bases were the old tried and tested bases which the beavers enjoy just as much as the big activities. They were able to send rockets into space (well high into the sky), take part in obstacle races, play giant chess or even have their face painted.

Then there was the big inflatable activities, punch and Judy and the Beavers were able to get up close with some reptiles including an alligator.

Did we get wet?
bazzaz_2009_02Well yes but only if you got in the way of the Fire Brigade. Surrey Fire and Rescue brought along a fire engine for the Beavers to look around, try on the equipment and generally make a noise with the sirens but as a treat (especially as it was hot), they unloaded their tanks via their fire hoses all over the waiting Beavers and adults.

Along with the Fire Service, Surrey Police turned up in three vehicles and despite breaching the peace, only one Beaver Scout got arrested and put in cuffs. He was only let off when he promised to do over 1000 hours of community service when he was an Explorer Scout.

The Theme

Well the circus was the theme and circus is what they got. As well as the many circus skills that they could try out, they were all lucky enough to see one of the shows in the big top by the Festival Circus.

Amongst the acts seen were trapeze artists, acrobats and axe throwing where one of the leaders was the victim that the axes were thrown at. However it was all an act as even though the leader was blindfolded the axes were skilfully guided by hand into the balloon positioned next to his body.

Did they have fun?
Of course they did and just to prove it, here are some quotes from some of the Beavers.

Jamie from 5th Guildford said. “It was great! I have been on the funhouse and made some rockets. It is fun here as there is lots to do”

Oscar from 1st Wood Street said “I enjoyed the little science base because I like trying new challenges”.

So will it happen again?
Yes, despite all the hard work it takes the organising team, Bazzaz will be back in three years, just as exciting and fun as this one.