In October 1982, The Scout Association introduced “Beavers” for 6 to 8 year old boys in Response to a growing demand from within the movement.
In April 1986 they became a recognised training section and took the title Beaver scouts. From 1991 girls were also able to join Beaver Scouts. Beaver scouts first started in Wellingborough in 1986 and all groups within the district now have a colony.
In the UK, Beaver Scouts wear a simple uniform consisting of a turquoise sweatshirt and group scarf.
Beaver Scouts take part in a balanced programme and work towards a wide selection of badges. There are opportunities to learn about themselves, explore their feelings and develop good habits of health and personal safety. They get to know people, find out about those in their family, the family of scouting, the local community and the wider world.
Beaver Scouts discover science, nature and technology, exploring the natural and man-made world. Beaver Scouts care, growing in their love of God and responding to the needs of others, the local community and beyond. New badges and an updated training programme were also introduced.
Their bright colourful identity reflects their aim of “fun & Friends” and a positive experience at this stage often encourages young people to continue their journey through Scouting.