BeaversBeaver Scouts take part in a balanced programme and work towards Challenges and Activity 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: finding 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 their God and responding to the needs of others, the local community and beyond. Their bright, colourful identity reflects their aim of‘fun and friends’ and a positive experience at this stage often encourages young people to continue their journey through Scouting.

In October 1982, The Scout Association introduced 'Beavers' for 6 to 8-year-old boys in response to a growing demand within the Movement. In April 1986, they became a recognised training section and took the title of Beaver Scouts. From 1991, girls were also able to join Beaver Scouts. In the UK, Beaver Scouts wear a simple uniform consisting of a turquoise sweatshirt and Group Scarf.

Beavers are usually aged between six and eight years old, though they can be as young as five and three quarters.

Joining
Earlier entry is at the Beaver Scout Leader's discretion (for example, to allow someone a little bit younger to join at the same time as their friends).

Structure
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 should be presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.

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