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Introduction to Beavers

‘The best thing is I get to play lots of games with my friends and they go towards getting our badges.’ Erin, age 7

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.


The key principles of the Beaver Scout Programme are:

  • Making friends
  • Sharing
  • Making progress
  • Keeping the promise
  • Having fun

With a range of activities the aim of Beaver Scouting is to introduce children into the world of Scouting whilst having lots of fun.


A group of Beaver Scouts is called a Colony and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges.

Beavers have a Promise and Motto, but there is not a Beaver Scout Law. The concepts of the Scout Law are presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.

Scouting is open to all boys and girls, regardless of their religious feelings and there are alternative versions of the Promise available for those who would prefer not to promise to ‘love God’.

Chingford Beaver Colonies

All Scouting is led by trained volunteers who use their own time to run and organize all activities. As such, all Colonies tend to have their own unique ‘personality’ and preference for some activities over others. The choice of Colony is up to you although location, meeting time and possible waiting lists may all affect your decision. Additionally, some activities are planned as District (or the larger County) activities where all the Colonies join in the fun together.

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Scouts is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts (and adult volunteers) develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.


Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing.

As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.


Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

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