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Crafty calendar

Get creative with your yearly planner

Overnight success New rules for nights away

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Great events for your group to try The nation’s heart charity has three fun activity-based fundraising events that your group can take part in this spring or summer.

 

 

These fantastic events will: benefit your children, as they will learn how to improve their heart health through fun physical activities and how raising money can help other children and adults benefit your group, as you will retain 20% of the sponsorship money raised, to spend on whatever you want provide your group with great resources to help it create a fun and successful event benefit the nation’s heart health, as the money you raise will help to prevent heart and circulatory disease in the future, and save the lives of children and adults now.

Artie’s Olympics

For 8 year olds and under

A fab event that encourages children to get active and have fun through taking part in a number of games and activities, which once they are familiar with, are carried out in front of an audience of their friends and family. Gold medal stickers, balloons, laurel crowns, posters, sponsorship forms and a great organiser’s guide are provided.

Jump Rope For Heart

For 5-13 year olds

A popular event that encourages children to learn skipping skills either individually, in pairs or in groups. Skipping is great fun and a superb way to get kids active. 11 skipping ropes, activity cards, posters, sponsorship forms and a great organiser’s guide are provided.

Ultimate Dodgeball

For 7-16 year olds

A great way for children of different ages and abilities to have fun and get active. Just choose your teams, create a team identity and organise your own fun event. Three dodgeballs, teaching resources, posters, sponsorship forms and a great organiser’s guide are provided.

2011 is our 50th birthday, so why don’t you celebrate with us by taking part in one of these fun events? For more information and to request an information leaflet, please:

visit bhf.org.uk/scouting call 01892 893 913 or email youngfun@bhf.org.uk

beating heart disease together © British Heart Foundation 2011, a registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and in Scotland (SC039426)

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Published by: The Programme Team The Scout Association Gilwell Park Chingford London E4 7QW Tel: 0845 300 1818

INTRO

Role changes

Contributions to: programme@scouts.org.uk

Jenny Winn introduces your latest issue of the Beaver supplement

ADVERTISING Richard Ellacott richard.ellacott@ thinkpublishing.co.uk Tel: 020 8962 1258

The volunteer structure for the Programme Team changed on 1 January and we are pleased to announce that Graeme Hamilton has been appointed to the role of Deputy UK Commissioner for Programme. Graeme was previously the UK Adviser for Cub Scouts and has been involved in Scouting in Scotland for many years. Karen Jameson has now stood down as UK Adviser for Beaver Scouts after three years in the role. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for all her hard work and the time she spent on the Beaver Scout Support Team previous to her appointment as UK Adviser. In particular, her work on the changes to the rules for Beaver Scout residential experiences. If you would like a member of the Programme Team to support Scouting, or a particular event, in your area please contact programme@scouts.org.uk.

Contributors: Peter Ford Patrick Rooke Jenny Winn Emma Wood Mererid Morgan Cover photo: Peter Howard View all other section supplements online at www.scouts.org.uk/magazine

Keep on going

Join-in-Jamboree activities February-March We hope you’ve been using you Join-in-Jamboree resources sent free wit h the magazine last issue. To help you along, we have some more great program me ideas on page 10.

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A new Ongoing Learning module has been launched to give section leaders an overview of the Young Leaders’ Scheme and their role in supporting Young Leaders. The module will also fulfil the five hours of ongoing learning that Wood Badge holders are required to complete each year. For further information, speak to your training adviser or visit the training area of the Information and Resources pages at www.scouts.org.uk

ONGOING LEARNING

The Young Leaders’ Scheme

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Dow nload the PDFs at ww w.scouts.org.uk/wsj2011

Contents 4 Here comes the night Changes to Beaver Scout residential experiences

6 Mother’s pride A parent recounts her first sleepover experience

9 Calling all Colonies An international links scheme to help Beavers go global

10 POP Join in the World Scout Jamboree with this programme on a plate

12 Calendar girls and boys Make a fun calendar

14 Charity begins at Beavers Encourage your Colony to help other people

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Here comes the night

nces can be a Sleepovers and residential experie outing adventure. Beaver Scout’s first taste of the Sc rule changes to Jenny Winn reports on the recent night away help ensure it is the best possible

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eaver Scouts love spending a night away with their Colony and for some it may be their first overnight stay away from home. We carried out a review of the rules surrounding residential experiences to ensure they were still relevant for the age range and for the leaders running the experience. The consultation with adults, mainly through the Your Programme, Your Voice survey, highlighted that some amendments needed to be made. These have now been updated and included in the 2011 Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR). One of the main changes is that the 24-hour rule has been removed, so an experience can start at 9am on Saturday and run until 4pm on Sunday (although it is still limited to one night). This allows the leader more flexibility when planning the programme. Beaver Scouts can also now camp as a Colony. The same restrictions for indoor residential experiences apply to camping. Beavers can now join Group and District camps for a night or camp as a Colony without the need for their parents to be in attendance. Family camps remain unchanged and are still an excellent residential experience for both Beaver Scouts and parents, and a good method of recruiting new leaders.

Why and where to go A night away is an opportunity for you and your Beavers to get to know each other. Going away for a night will develop a sense of independence in Beavers as well as being a fun and exciting time away from home with their friends. Beavers should now be offered a residential experience at least once a year as a minimum standard and POR has been updated to reflect this. You could go on a residential experience with the Colony, the rest of the Group, another Colony or as a District. Organising the event with another Colony, or as part of a Group or District, is a way for leaders to share their skills and workload as well as gain experience and confidence. Participating in Group camps or joining with the Cubs at their camp creates links between the sections and can help with the retention and transition of young people between the Colony and Pack. It will help the Beavers understand that they are part of a larger Group. A local pack holiday/activity centre, whether staying indoors or camping, is a good choice. There is often a variety of activities for Beavers to do and it will help when planning the Programme. You can get camping facilities with indoor accommodation or make sure you

are close enough for Beavers to go home should the weather change for the worst. Your Group’s meeting place is another good venue to use, particularly for an indoor residential experience.

A longer programme Whether camping or holding an indoor residential experience, the opportunities are there for a longer and more adventurous programme than on a regular Colony night. If you have a local activities team, try to get them involved. You could also plan activities that will allow the Beavers to gain an activity badge or challenge award and every Beaver will get their Stage 1 Nights Away Activity Badge. Make sure you include an alternative wet weather or extreme hot weather programme when planning your programme.

Who to contact for support Your Group Scout Leader or other leaders who have experience of running a residential experience will provide support. The District Nights Away Adviser can help with technical advice, your training adviser or local training manager can assist with any training needs you may have, or your sectional Assistant District or County Commissioner will be able to provide tips and advice. There are also many resources including the Nights Away book and factsheets that provide guidance for residential experiences and visits abroad. Remember that the leader of any residential experience will need a Nights Away Permit.

Taking Beaver Scouts overseas Beaver Scouts will not normally take part in travel abroad but there may be times when it is appropriate. This activity is optional and the balanced programme must be taken into consideration when planning such a trip. Rules have also been introduced to allow leaders who want to take their Beavers overseas to do so in a safe environment and have been included in POR. Whichever type of residential experience you choose, it is essential that everyone has fun, enjoys themselves, and leaves them with a positive experience. more info Factsheet Guidelines for Beaver Scout Residential Experiences (FS155053), available from www.scouts.org.uk Policy, Organisation and Rules can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/por

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Mother’s pride Mererid Morgan is a leader with 1st Porthmadog Beaver Scouts. Here, she remembers her first experience of a sleepover; taking nine Beavers to Ynysgain, in North Wales.

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t was the first time away for nearly all of them, including my son, but they were really good. I did think we were going to have people saying ‘I want to go home’, but not at all. They were all brilliant. Ynysgain is a centre owned by Girlguiding Cymru, with three bunkhouses and several campsites, so the Cubs and Scouts came away as well and camped on site. The sleepover occurred during the summer, and the centre was ideally situated for activities out in the fresh air. It’s near the beach, so we walked down to the beach and went paddling, and had a picnic down there as well. As well as visiting the beach, the Beavers were kept busy and excited with plenty of other activities. They played lots of games, had a campfire and did various craft activities, including making juggling balls out of balloons and rice, and putting together a large collage for their Global Challenge. We also made a peace wreath to go on the wall at our meeting place, with paper cut-outs of the children’s hands in a circle all the way round and a dove in the middle. We made it sitting outside in the sun. My hands are on it as well.

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One of the things that I found most satisfying from my own perspective was how the longer period spent with the Beavers helped me to become more familiar with the various members of the Colony. I’m all in favour of some of the recent changes to the rules concerning sleepovers as you do get to know the Beavers a bit better. I didn’t find the 24 hours long enough, because by the time it’s time to go home they’re starting to come out of themselves and enjoy it more, and there’s always time for something else, which is why I was really glad that the time’s been extended now. It’s amazing just how much of an effect that first experience of a night away had on the Beavers. They talk about it all the time. Some of them are in Cubs now and they still talk about it if I ever see them. It’s great because it’s the first time most of them have been away. It’s been their first trial of anything like that.

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10 tips for a successful sleepover Alison Chapman, Assistant Area Commissioner (Beaver Scouts), gives her pointers for running an exciting and hiccup-free sleepover.

6. Wind down

1. Plan well

7. A moment of calm

Pay a visit to your venue and check all facilities in advance. On the day of the sleepover be sure to arrive earlier than the Beavers so you can doublecheck the site and equipment and prepare yourself.

It might be that it all gets a bit hectic for some, so have a supply of puzzle books, comics or colouring books for a quiet five minutes.

2. Take all the help you can get

Keep food simple, and provide lots of water/squash during the day. Only give them small drinks in the evening.

The venue you have chosen will probably have good safety equipment installed, but it might need to be adapted for a younger age group. Take nightlights, electric socket covers and spare torches (not forgetting the batteries) with you. Also check that there are enough smoke alarms when you do your pre-sleepover visit, and bring some extra ones if you’re not happy with the number there.

4. Be flexible

9. Avoid mix-ups

It’s always good to have plenty of options. Plan more activities than you need so that you can change an activity if the weather turns on you, or if you find that your Beavers are finishing up activities quicker than you thought they would.

Wellies are often the same approximate size and colour, so it’s no surprise that Beavers sometimes have trouble recognising theirs. Take pegs with Beavers’ names written on them to fasten shoes, boots or wellies together. It makes life less fraught.

5. Tire them out

10. Plan for the weather

Start the event as early as possible. This will give you a chance to wear the Beavers out before bedtime. This should provide a better night’s sleep for both them and you.

Of course you will book the best weather possible, but just in case it doesn’t turn up, always take spare wellies and coats in Beaver sizes (if you have them). Someone is bound to have forgotten theirs.

The more people you can give jobs to, the better. Definitely take a catering team.

3. Tactical refreshments

Use some quieter activities in the evening to let the Beavers unwind before they go to bed.

8. Safety first

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INTERNATIONAL LINKS SCHEME

Calling s e i n o l o C l al rs, Joeys and others Get in touch with the Beavers, Tige ional Links Scheme. at rn te In e th ith w , ld or w e th nd arou By Peter Ford

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he International Links Scheme offers a means of communicating with other Scouts abroad and provides an ‘international experience’ without necessarily having to leave your own town. The traditional concept of writing a letter has now given way to members all over the world, from Australia to Malawi and Hong Kong to Zimbabwe, requesting links with Scouts online. As well as exchanging emails ‘penpals’ can now talk to each other on Skype, share photos and videos using any number of online tools (including Group websites, MSN and YouTube), and link up with each other in October during Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA), Jamboreeon-the-Internet (JOTI), the world’s largest international Scouting event. There’s still room for snail mail too... badge swaps, anyone?

Why make an international link? Scouting has always promoted international peace, understanding and co-operation through encouraging contact between young people from various countries and cultures. These connections help young people develop a broader awareness of the global community,

seeing what they have in common and what the differences are between themselves and Scouting friends globally. When you participate in the International Links Scheme your Beavers will: • Have an opportunity to make new friends. • Get an aid to complete the Challenge Badge and International Group Award. • Build a relationship that can last a lifetime. • Swap photos, programme ideas and camp experiences. And don’t forget that leaders can also exchange ideas with, and gain support from, an international counterpart with similar interests and goals.

How do you find a link? If you are interested in trying to organise a link, please contact Peter Ford, the International Links Co-ordinator at international.links@scouts.org.uk or register online at www.scouts.org.uk/intlinks. The scheme can be used by individual youth members and leaders, as well as Group links between sections.

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h the This issue’s theme corresponds wit Jamboree -inJoin ut Sco themes in the Beaver Our and n ede Sw resource, which are Hello ke World. Compiled by Patrick Roo

POP Programmes on a plate

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Activity

Time Zone Instructions

Hello/Halla!

5 mins

Global

Explain to your Beaver Scouts that a huge event with Scouts all over the world is taking place next year in Sweden. Begin by saying hello in both English and Swedish. Ask your Beavers to form a circle and shout the letters H-E-L-L-O, stepping forwards to make a smaller circle. Then step back out again to make a larger circle, shouting the letters H-A-L-L-A, which is hello in Swedish.

Swedish flag

15 mins

Global

You will need yellow and light blue felt pens. Visit Programmes Online and search for ’Swedish flag’. Print out an outline of the flag on an A4 sheet of paper and ask your Beaver Scouts to colour it in. They can then wave their flags together in honour of the World Scout Jamboree host country this year.

Race around Europe

15 mins

Global Fitness

There are 18 countries hosting Home Hospitality for Scouts after the Jamboree. They are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Pick four or five of these countries, write their names on large pieces of paper or card and place them in different locations around your meeting place. Call out one country and have your Beaver Scouts run to that country. The last Beaver Scout to get there is out. Call out the rest of the countries in a mixed order until you are left with the winner of the race around Europe.

Finger painting

20 mins

Global Creative

You will need water-based paints, paper, a change of T-shirt and hand wash. Part of the Jamboree experience is being at one with your natural surroundings. To tie in with the ‘Our World’ theme in Join-in-Jamboree, let your Beaver Scouts create their own finger painting of something to do with the natural world. Suggest a tree, a flower, the sea, mountains or the sky.

Goodbye/Hejda!

5 mins

n/a

Bring your Beaver Scouts together in a circle. As a group, shout the letters G-O-O-D-B-Y-E, stepping forwards in the circle. Then, stepping backwards into a wider circle again, shout the letters H-E-J-D-A, which is goodbye in Swedish.

Faith and awareness events April/May 2011 April 2011 3 Mothering Sunday (Christian) 4 Ugadi (Hindu) 13 Vaisakhi (Sikh) 14 Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanakshahi calendar, Sikh) 17 Palm Sunday (Christian) 18 Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

18 Fast of the Firstborn (Jewish) 19 Passover (Jewish) 21 First Day of Ridwan (Baha’i) 21 Maundy Thursday (Christian) 22 Good Friday (Christian) 23 St George’s Day (Christian) 24 Easter Day (Christian)

May 2011 1 Yom Hashoah (Jewish) 8 World Red Cross Day

9 World Fair Trade day 9 Yom Ha’atzmaut (Jewish) 15 Start of Christian Aid week 17 Wesak or Buddha Day (Buddhist) 23 Anniversary of the declaration of the Bab (Baha’i) 29 Anniversary of the ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) 29 Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar, Sikh)

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Calendar girls and boys calendar Plan the rest of 2011 using this fun

you will need • colour pencils • glue • glitter • 1 paper fastener. Month

Step 1

Date

Go onto www.scouts.org.uk/pol and download the calendar template. Produce a copy of this sheet for each child. If possible produce the sheets on thin card. Cut out the shape ready for use, younger Beavers will need help with cutting out the squares.

Step 2

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Colour your calendar.

Place the day disk on top of the month disk.

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STEP 4 Place the cover disk on top of the day disk.

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• How many months are in a year? • How many weeks are in a year? • How many days are there in a year?

STEP 5

• How many days are there in a leap year?

Use the paper fastener to secure the pieces.

• How many days are there in February?

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• The ancient Egyptians first divided a year into 365 days over 6,000 years ago. • In the average year there are 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes and 31,536,000 seconds. • A leap year happens every four years. During a leap year there is an extra day in February. • A calendar can be used to mark and help remember important dates. For example birthdays, holidays, or a visit to the dentist.

Turn the handles to show the correct date. Month

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For more ideas and activity packs that come pre-cut and creased, complete with all the required accessories, go to www.clever-craft.com. You’ll be amazed what you can do. To receive a free sample pack, become a member on the website. Clever Craft was set up by Andrew Harrold & Craig Bond, both Beaver Scout Leaders with 7th Sefton East (Melling).

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Charity t a s n i g e b Beavers lp Encourage your Beaver Scouts to he other people, says Emma Wood

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o your Beaver Scouts know that The Scout Association is a charity? Explain that charities raise money to help many causes such as people who are very ill or animals who need a home and that Scouting helps young people develop into good citizens. Ask the Beavers to name some charities, listing them on a flipchart under people, places and animals. Each Lodge should select a different charity from the list and find out what they can about it, collecting pictures, logos and other information. At the next meeting the

Lodges make a poster about their charity and present it to the rest of the Colony, explaining what their chosen charity does.

Local support If you have a local charity such as a hospice, animal rescue centre or an appeal for an ill individual, invite a representative to come to a meeting and talk about the work of their charity. Try to arrange a visit to the charity’s office or centre in return. This could count towards the Friendship Challenge.

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charity

Animal charities

Save the Children

Print out line drawings on A3 paper of different animals (you can find many to choose from on the internet). Beaver Scouts bring copper and silver coins from home to the meeting and use the coins to try and cover every picture. Each picture they cover represents an animal saved, with the money going to an animal charity.

Provide some information for the Beaver Scouts from www.savethechildren.org.uk/scouts. Ask your Colony to imagine that a group of Indian Scouts who don’t speak English very well visit. Can your section think of any universally recognised games that they could play together (for example tag or football)? Ask them to create a book of games with simple instructions. They can use some of your Colony’s favourite games, or attempt to write the rules of a well-known game like football or rugby.

Game: Animal magic you will need

• cards with the picture and name of four different animals on (enough for one card per player). • Each Beaver Scout is given a card at random and, on the word ‘go’, must make the noise of the animal on their card. • Beaver Scouts have to get into groups of four different animals, without talking or showing their card. • Which four players are the first to get together? • Collect the cards, deal them out and repeat three or four times.

Small green scavenger hunt you will need

• matchboxes (one per team). • Split your section into small teams • Give each team a matchbox. • Players are given 10-15 minutes to find as many different objects to fit inside the box.

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Game: Charity pairs you will need

• a set of made up cards. • A quarter of the cards have the word ‘charity’ on them; a quarter have the words ‘Not a charity’; a quarter have the name and logo of a charity and the last quarter have the name and logo of a commercial company. • The cards are dealt out at random, and Beaver Scouts have to find a partner by correctly matching a charity’s logo with the word ‘charity’, and a company with the words ‘not a charity’. • Pairs sit down – who can find a pair quickly and correctly? • Collect the cards and repeat two or three times.

ShelterBox ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. An official partner of The Scout Association, it has an area dedicated to Scouts on its website, with lots of activity ideas. By taking part you’ll find out all about the world of humanitarian aid and how ShelterBox helps people around world when disaster strikes. www.youngshelterbox.org

International Partnership Award

Age UK This charity is the merged Age Concern and Help the Aged charities. Make links and contacts with local older people at day centres and care homes. Beaver Scouts can make cakes for them, plant bulbs in the grounds of their home. For information visit www.ageuk.org.uk

Your Colony may choose a charity that does overseas work and could fundraise for this with other sections in your Group. This could work towards the International Partnership Award. As a Group, organise an indoor table sale. Charge families in the Group £10 for the table, on which they can sell unwanted items from their homes, keeping the money they take. You donate the table fees to your chosen charity. Charge 50p a person to come in and buy. You can sell teas, coffees and homemade cakes to the buyers and sellers. Invite everyone from the Group and contact the local papers well ahead of the event to ensure a good attendance from your community.

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Healthy Eating n o s a e s t x e n e h t r o f Put a healthy spring in your step when Spring arrives

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he Healthy Eating Activity Badge is a great way to give Beaver Scouts some healthy eating tips. Already one of the most popular badges for Beavers, it combines fun ways of encouraging healthy eating with practical skills, such as: • Creating their own colourful fruit salad • Making healthy tasty snacks • Experimenting with healthy fillings for delicious sandwiches • Learning how to balance different types of food for a healthy diet Group leaders find the Healthy Eating pack both practical and easy to use. The downloadable Eat In

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Colour resource leaflet gives tips which Beavers can share with their family. The Eat In Colour colour wheel is one of the resources available online at www.eatincolour.com. Beavers can see how many tasty fruit and vegetables are the same colour and find some they may not have heard of, which they could find the next time they visit the supermarket. To take part in the Eat In Colour Healthy Eating Activity Badge visit www.scouts.org.uk/healthyeating and download your information pack. You will also find the handy downloadable Eat In Colour pack to help prepare your Healthy Eating session in the Beavers online resources area of www.eatincolour.com

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he sponsor of the badge, Pets at Home, runs workshops across the country to help Beavers and Cubs gain their badge and learn more about handling animals. Lizzie Roussou from Pets at Home highlights the importance of the workshops: ‘They help to teach children from a very young age the responsibility of looking after an animal. We tailor them to all ages but they have to be fun and interactive.’

Find your nearest workshop There are over 270 Pets at Home stores in the UK. From specialist pet food to toys and training aids, they are packed with everything you need to keep a pet happy and healthy. Find your nearest store and sign up for a free workshop at www.petsathome.com/storelocator

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Free workbooks

at Home Photo: Allan Baxter, taken at Pets

store, New Malden.

is designed to help The Animal Friend Activity Badge ndling animals young people gain confidence in ha

Workbooks can also be downloaded from www.scouts.org.uk/petsathome and contain everything Beavers need to gain the badge.

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