The main aim at Beavers, apart from having fun and making friends, is to work towards achieving the Bronze Chief Scout Challenge Award consisting the My Adventure, My Outdoors, My Skills, My World, Teamwork and Personal Challenges – all designed to prepare them for “swimming up” to Cubs when eight.

Beavers are given the opportunity to achieve several activity badges, including staged ones and those awarded during the year have been Communicator, Digital Citizen, Photography – all things media, phones and computers, Emergency Aid, Global Issues, Hikes Away (that is to say a walk over Chosen Hill in the  dark  with a torch followed by chip butties  and cocktail sausages), Nautical  Skills and Time on Water – both covered at Croft Farm Water Park near Tewkesbury, Nights Away (a joint sleepover with Highnam Beavers at Leonard Stanley), Safety, Space and Sports. Some Beavers achieved other badges individually, such as Animal Friend, Hobbies, Gardener and Swimmer 1.

Beavers attended the Remembrance Sunday Service, the Scout Group Carol Service and the St George’s Day parade, a high-profile event at which al! Scouting members renew their promise at Gloucester Cathedral.

This year the Beaver Colony has been very fortunate to have three new leaders join. They are Jenny Johnson, Rhys Topping and Katrina Topping. Unfortunately, we lost Tony Larner who we shall miss but who has offered to pop back when needed.

Thanks to everyone who has helped – your support is much appreciated.

Tic-tac (Louise Fazeli) BSL June 2018