As part of our balanced programme we aim to cover the Beaver badges, we will contact you each term to let you know if there is a particular badge we would like you to focus on at home, since some badges (like Swimmer or Hikes) cannot be completed during our meetings.
These are the “single subject” badges that are worn on the left arm and some of the names may well bring back memories from your own time as a Cub or Brownie! There are 21 different Activity badges that Beaver Scouts can work towards so there’s bound to be one that fits your child’s particular interest. Over the course of the two year programme your child will have the opportunity to earn each of these badges. We work towards these badges as a Colony, but Beavers may have to do some activities at home to help them complete their badge. For example, to gain the Animal Friend badge Beavers have to help to look after a pet for six weeks.
Staged Activity Badges
Each stage of these turquoise badges is available to all sections, with the highest stage currently achieved being worn on the uniform. There are fourteen staged activity badges – Air Activities, Community Impact, Digital Citizen, Digital Maker, Emergency Aid, Hikes Away, Musician, Nautical Skills, Navigator, Nights Away, Paddle Sports, Sailing, Swimmer and Time On the Water.
You can help your Beaver to get the Swimmer and Hikes Away staged awards, in particular. Take a look at this link for more details,
There are six Challenge badges available to Beaver Scouts – My Outdoor, My Adventure, My World, My Skills, Personal and Teamwork. These badges take a bit longer to earn and most of the work for them will be done as part of Colony meetings but there will be times when involvement at home is necessary. If your child has something to carry out at home then please encourage them and help them to do it – but don’t do it for them! The emphasis is very much on each Beaver taking part to the best of their ability – there are no “absolute standards” that have to be reached.
It is worth pointing out, however, that we expect our Beavers to attend at least one parade in order to gain their My World Challenge badge and at least one sleepover to complete their Outdoor Challenge Badge.
Chief Scout’s Bronze Award
This is the highest badge that a Beaver Scout can earn. It is awarded on completion of all six Challenge Badges.