Beavers are aged 6–8 years. There are over 2600 Beavers in Berkshire enjoying their Scouting across approximately 140 Beaver Colonies. There are a variety of activity and challenge badges which they work towards to gain their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.
The county has two County Beaver Scout Leaders (CBSLs): Kirsty Aldridge and Joe Halls. Kirsty takes the lead for organising and chairing Meetings for Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs) & District Beaver Scout Leaders (DBSLs). Joe takes the lead in identifying support activities as well as promoting effective communication – including social media.
Meet Kirsty Aldridge, CBSL
I’m Kirsty. I took out my first adult appointment while at University in Birmingham, ran a Cub Pack there and completed my Wood Badge in West District. I then moved to Slough where I was soon involved in the Cub section at 1st Slough and I remained there until 2003. I then became ADC(CS). I was asked to take on ADC(BS) after moving to Bracknell as there was a vacancy which I accepted. County have called and I am looking forward to this new role.
Meet Joe Halls, CBSL
I’m Joe. I started helping my sister at Beavers and I took out my first adult appointment at 19 years old and became Beaver Leader when she moved into the Scout section. Throughout my Scouting life I have remained in Beavers as a section leader but have also had additional roles of ADC(BS) and DBSL at different times. I have recently regained the appointment of ADC(BS) in Slough which is a role that along with my section leader role I thoroughly enjoy doing. I am looking forward to working with Kirsty and supporting the ADCs & DBSLs throughout the county.
Contact the Beaver Team at:
The Beaver section
Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for one hour, or so, per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver sleepover with their friends.
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 Colony. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Beavers to gather at points at the start, during or at the end of the Colony Meeting.
The giant sleepover
Hold the date: 28–29 September 2019. How many Beavers can we get holding a sleepover at the same time? Watch this space for more details.
County Adventure Challenge Award Day
During May 2018 over 500 Beavers and their leaders attended a day of adventure at Paccar Scout Campsite. The Beavers were given the opportunity to try a number of new activities including archery, climbing, abseiling, adventure courses and much more. By attending and taking part in the day, the Beavers were able to achieve their Adventure Challenge Award.