Beavers are the youngest members of the HGAS Group and meet on a Saturday morning from 10am to 11.15am. Beaver Scouts are aged between 6 – 8 years old although there is a certain amount of flexibility and children can join from 5¾ and move to Cubs between 7½ and 8½. The section welcomes both girls and boys. The Beaver uniform is a blue sweatshirt with a blue short-sleeved polo shirt and the HGAS blue necker.
The Beaver Leader is Claire Hill and the Assistant Beaver Leader is Sara Burns, with James 'JP' Parker as the sectional assistant. The Beaver colony is divided into lodges, with about 6 children in each lodge: Red Arrows, Blue Harriers, White Vulcans.
Beavers enjoy a wide variety of activities, from indoor activities such as crafting and cooking, to outdoor activities like cycling, wild activity visits to Kinver Edge and Highgate Common and hiking around Kinver. They are also introduced to staff at the Air Control tower at Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport as part of their air scouting activities. The aim is for the children to have as much fun as possible whilst learning at the same time. It is all about participation and it is so exciting to see the youngsters grow in confidence during their time in Beavers. Bobby Beaver accompanies a lucky Beaver Scout home every Saturday and they write a diary entry of their experience.
Beavers are awarded Challenge and Activity badges based on their achievements and the ultimate goal is their Chief Scouts Bronze Award, which can be worn on their jumpers until they get their Silver award with Akela in Cubs. Challenge and Activity badges are awarded throughout the year. The Bronze Award is presented at our AGM in June, along with other special awards.
Beavers also take part in our camps, usually at Blackwell Adventure in Bromsgrove although we do occasionally camp at the Scout camp in Kinver. They usually camp indoors for one night. They also take part in a sleepover at the Hut just before the break for the summer holidays.