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rs Scout Leade r e v a e B r 011 ine fo The magaezmber 2010/January 2 c e D

Itsy bitsy

Make a spider

Friendship Passport

New partner Save the Children

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Beaver Scout Team: Jenny Winn (Programme and Development Adviser for Beaver Scouts)


Twenty five years young

Contact them at: Tel: 0845 300 1818 Published by: The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Bury Road Chingford, London E4 7QW Contributions to: This issue’s contributors: Maggie Bleksley Rose Wells Emma Wood ADVERTISING Richard Ellacott Tel: 020 8962 1258 View all other section supplements at

What you’ve been up to over the last few months: Beaver Scout Michael from the 18th eved Inverness (Muirtow n) Colony achi the a personal feat when he climbed highest hill on the Isle of Arran. top Seven-year-old Michael reached the res of Goat Fell which stands 873.5 met (2866 ft) high.

Jenny Winn introduces your latest issue of the Beaver suppplement

The year 2011 will be the 25th anniversary of Beaver Scouts becoming a formal section of The Scout Association. To celebrate, we have produced a badge which can be worn by Beaver Scouts and adults involved in the section during the year. Activities and events are happening around the UK. Let us know at what you are doing to mark the occasion, and if you have a good story of successes in your Colony. As well as the 25th anniversary of Beaver Scouts, 2011 is also the year of the 22nd Jamboree, which is being held in Sweden. To enable Beaver Scouts to experience some of the excitement of the event, a Join-In-Jamboree resource was sent out with October/November issue of Scouting.

In this issue: Being inclusive Beavers can feel a little left out at times, for a number of reasons. Maggie Bleksley has some ideas to help them feel included.

Ice is nice Lots of icy ideas for your Beavers to keep them busy indoors when it gets cold outdoors.

Your Programme, Your Voice We asked for your views about Scouting magazine and the supplements. Read the results of our questionnaire and find out how to complete the next one.

Contents 4 Winter games From designing igloos to fishing

8 Itsy bitsy Make a spider

10 POP Numbers and counting-themed programmes on a plate

12 Friends united Help your Beavers feel included

14 New training modules Residential experiences

15 Friendship Passport Save the Children

16 No space? Start a satellite section

18 Your Programme, Your Voice Feedback from our questionnaire



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Winter games Emma Wood brings you a selection of ideas to liven up Colony meetings this winter


ur seasons do seem to be shifting and can play havoc with planning our programmes. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the winter months inside or out with the following seasonal ideas which I’ve used with my Colony.

Ice melting you will need

• ice cubes • hot water, vinegar, salt, pepper, de-icer and similar items. Put ice cubes in separate saucers and see if the Beavers can guess correctly which ingredient will melt the ice the quickest.


Design an igloo you will need • pens and paper.

Ask the Beavers to design their ideal igloo. What would it look like from the outside? What features would it have inside? Let their imagination run wild.

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programme ıdeas

Snowball fight Ice fishing you will need

• an A3-sized piece of stiff card for each team • simple fishing rods • Velcro • small pieces of modelling clay • same number of cardboard fish per team members with smooth Velcro attached on one side of each fish. Cut a dinner-plate sized hole in the middle of the cards and rest them between two chairs at the far end of the hall. Beavers sit in relay formation and player 1 in each team has a fishing rod, with a piece of hooked Velcro wrapped around a piece of modelling clay in place of the hook. Under each hole place the fish with the Velcro facing upwards. On the word ‘go’, player 1 in each team runs up and fish through their hole. When they hook a fish they take it and their rod back and set off player 2, and so on.

you will need

• lots of newspaper • chalk or masking tape. Scrunch up the newspaper into balls and give a bowlful to each Lodge. Beavers stand in their Lodge’s corner of the hall, which is divided into quarters using chalk or masking tape. On the whistle, they throw balls into opposing Lodges’ quarters, trying to get all snowballs out of their area. Players are not allowed to cross the line into other quarters. After 3-5 minutes the team with the fewest balls in their area wins.

Ice castles you will need

• sandcastle moulds and buckets. If there’s enough snow, go outside and let the Beavers make snowcastles, just as they would make sandcastles on the beach.



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Snowman ice cream you will need

• an ice cream scoop and a melon scoop • vanilla ice cream • saucers • jelly and chocolate cake decorations. Make a snowman out of ice cream on a saucer for each Beaver Scout and let them decorate it. Take pictures for your Colony noticeboard before they eat their snowmen.

Winter sports

Ice cutting you will need

• ice cubes • empty wine bottle • two 500g weights • 50cm length of strong nylon thread (or thin fuse wire). Put an ice cube on the top of the bottle. Tie a weight to each end of the thread. Rest the middle of the thread across the middle of the ice cube, so the weights hang either side. Watch as the thread passes slowly through the ice cube, and be amazed as the ice re-freezes above it.


• Ice hockey – Prepare a few large ice pucks by freezing about 10cm of water in a round plastic margarine or ice cream tub. Two teams sit down either side of the hall and are numbered off (this only works on wooden or plastic floors, or outside on tarmac). One puck and two rolled-up newspapers are placed in the middle of the hall and a chair is placed at either end to be the goal. A number is called and the two players with that number grab a stick and try to hit the puck into the appropriate goal. • Curling – Using an ice puck as above, Lodges take it in turns to ‘bowl’ the puck from one end of the hall to the other, trying to get it to land into a chalked scoring area at the far end. • Sledding – Lodges drag one member around a course on a toboggan indoors or outside. Fastest time around the course wins. If you can obtain enough toboggans, this could be run as a relay race. • Ringette – Running in relay form, players have a broomstick and must push a small heavy rubber ring (not a swim ring or inflatable belt) to the end of the hall and back.

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! u o y d n u o F Keep track of a lost Beaver with a Foundkid wristband

F is an online internet site that sells high visibility identification wristbands for young people attending events or on outings. The wristbands can help to reunite a lost Beaver with the Colony and contains information such as the name of the organisation, the person running the trip and a contact number of the person in charge. All the information has been printed on the band so it remains highly visible throughout the day, irrespective of the type of activity undertaken. The bands are available in two sizes and are waterproof, comfortable and adjustable. There are two types of fastening, a self-adhesive sticking band or a clasp fastened band. If separated from the group, some Beavers may have difficulties explaining who they are and who they are


with. Lisa Kramer, Director of, says ‘Organisations need to protect the identity of their young people. The wristbands only identify the group the child is with and the person in charge, not the identity of the child.’ For further information, visit

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Itsy bitsy

Beavers will love this little spider

you will need • coloured pencils • glue • string • eight black pipe cleaners or wool.

Step 1

Go to and download the Spider template. Produce a copy of this sheet for each Beaver on thin card. Crease the dotted lines and cut out the shape ready for use.

Step 2

Design and colour the spider.

Cut line Fold line

Step 3

Add glue to the six tabs shown in the picture.


Step 4

Fold along the crease lines and join the tabs to form the body.

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STEP 5 Glue the back of the eyes and attach them to the front of the spider.

STEP 6 Push pipe cleaners or wool through the eight holes and secure in place to make the legs.

STEP 7 Thread the string through the hole on the top and tie a knot to stop it coming out.

Fun facts to share • There are over 30,000 different types of spider. • Spiders are not insects, they are arachnids. Insects have three body parts and six legs. • Spiders have eight legs and two body parts. • Most spiders have either six or eight eyes. • Male spiders are usually smaller than female spiders.

Questions to ask • What do you think spiders eat? • How do spiders catch their food? • Can you name a type of spider?

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



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Opening ceremony

5 mins


Follow themes

Activity: International 10 mins counting game


Play games

Activity: Guessing number game

Outdoor and Adventure

Explore their world Play games Go outdoors

Activity: Matthew, 10 mins Mark, Luke and John


Play games

Activity: Find the number


Team challenges Play games

15 mins

This issue’s theme is numbers, compiled by Jenny Winn

POP Programmes on a plate

15 mins

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Instructions Introduce the theme for the evening which is numbers and counting.


T he idea is very simple – the players have to count from one to x (where x is the number of players) in another language. The ideal number of players is between 10 and 20. Explain to the young people the challenge and explain that there are four rules: • Only one person can speak at a time • Everyone must say one number • No pointing or otherwise directing (such as telling people to go round in a circle) • Adjacent players cannot say consecutive numbers. Nominate a player to start and look for rule breaking (this is not as easy as it sounds).


Check if any Beaver Scouts have a sunflower seed allergy before playing. If you want to plant the sunflower seeds it is better to play this during the spring. • Divide the Colony into four even teams and give each team 40 sunflower seeds • Two Leaders stand in the centre of the meeting place with their own supply of sunflower seeds. • Taking it in turns, one Beaver Scout per team decides if they want to take 1, 2 or 3 seeds up to the leader. • They hide the seeds in their hand, and approach the leader. The leader then has to guess how many seeds the Beaver Scout has in their hand. If the leader guesses correctly, then they get to keep the seeds, but if the leader guesses wrong then they must give the Beaver Scout the number of seeds that in their hand. • The winning team is the one with the most seeds. • If you have space at your meeting place each Beaver Scout can plant a sunflower seed, and you can hold a competition to see whose sunflower grows the most. If you do not have enough space allow the Beaver Scouts to take home a seed to plant at home if possible.

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The Beavers sit in a circle and are named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for the first four and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 etc for the rest. • Start with the person labelled John, who stands up and says, ‘I am John and I call upon number 6 (or whoever)’. Number 6 then stands up and says ‘I am number 6 and I call upon Mark (or whoever)’. • The game goes around the circle with each person as they are called standing up and saying ‘I am … and I call upon …’, but the young people can be out for a variety of reasons: If they call upon the name/number who has just called them If they call upon the name/number sitting next to them If they call upon a number which no longer has a person associated with it If they are too slow to answer someone who has called them If they are too slow to call someone else If they wrongly confirm their name. • When a young person is ‘out’ for any of the reasons given, they leave the circle and everyone sitting below in name/number order moves up one seat and becomes a new name/number and the last person to call, calls another person. • The challenge is for everyone to work out quickly what their new number is before being called upon to confirm it. At residential experiences this game can be played as the last activity of the day with the Beavers dressed in their pyjamas. As a person is ‘out’ everyone chants ‘Bed – bed – bed’ until they leave the circle and go to bed. You will need: pens, pencils, number charts. • If possible enlarge the number chart and copy so that there are enough for each team • Divide the Beavers into even teams, line them up at one end of the playing area and give each team a pencil or pen. Opposite each team put up a number chart. • Each team member takes it in turns to run up the number chart and cross a specified number off, running back and handing over the pen to the next Beaver. You can ask them to cross off the next number in a sequence or list some numbers that they have to find. • To make the game faster you can impose a time limit.

Faith and awareness events February/March 2011 February 2011 2 Candlemas Day (Christian) 8 & 15 Parinirvana Nirvana Day (Buddhist) 8 Vasant Panchami (Hindu) 14 Valentine’s Day (Christian) 15 – 20 Shia Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad)(Muslim) 18 Magha Puja (Buddhist) 28Feb – 13 March Fairtrade Fortnight

March 2011 1 Hola Mohalla (Lunar Calendar) (Sikh) 3 Mahashivratri (Hindu) 8 International Women’s Day 8 Shrove Tuesday (Christian) 9 Ash Wednesday (Christian) 17 St Patrick’s Day (Christian) 19 Holi (Hindu) 20 Purim (Jewish) 22 World Water Day

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Friends united Maggie Bleksley suggests activities to help your Beavers feel good about themselves


e all have strengths and weaknesses and a Beaver’s self-esteem can be knocked if they feel they are not valued. We need to make them feel included and have respect for one another. These activities show we are all different but can have fun working together and helping each other.

What are we good at? Fill three bowls with a different kind of fruit and a fourth with a mixture. Ask the Beavers which bowl they like and why. Talk about how different fruits are nice for different reasons and how they can all be mixed in a fruit salad. Say that people are like that too. It would be dull if we were all the same and had the same interests. Ask them what they think they and their friends are good at. This could be football, drawing, being kind, being fun to be with or looking after a pet. Try using different types of flowers instead of fruit.

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Fruit tree you will need • coloured paper • pens.

Draw a large fruit tree and cut leaves from coloured paper. Each Beaver and Leader writes on a leaf which is stuck on the tree. New Beavers can add their own leaves when they join.

Puppet plates you will need Friendship fruits story It’s lunchtime at the Beaver sleepover and some fruits were arguing over who would be chosen. ‘They’ll choose me. I’m juicy,’ said the pink apple. ‘I’m best because I’m sweet,’ said the yellow banana. ‘We’re better than you because we’re sweet and we’re juicy,’ said the grapes, who were white and red. ‘Do you think they’ll want us?’ asked the blueberries, ‘We’re blue, not like other fruit.’ The twin red cherries popped up. ‘We’re twins, can you tell us apart?’ The strawberry said to the mango ‘I haven’t seen you before.’ ‘I’ve come from a country far away,’ said the mango’, and so has my friend, the pineapple.’ The pineapple said ‘hello’ from under his spiky hair. The orange came rolling along. He brought a friend too, a lemon. ‘We go well together,’ he said, and they sang Oranges and Lemons! Then the wise old melon arrived. ‘We’re all different sizes, colours and shapes, but we can all be friends,’ he said and they all dived in the fruit bowl and were happy to be together.

Visit Programmes Online at for ideas of activities to encourage friendship

• paper plates, pictures of fruit, sticky tape, crayons, coloured pencils, flower sticks and scissors. Ask the Beavers to choose one kind of fruit and draw or stick a picture of it onto a paper plate. Help them to tape sticks on to the back of their plates. The Beavers take turns to hold up their plates and pretend to be fruits, saying why they think they are good, what colours they can be or what they could make with their fruit. Then they put all the plates together on the floor, link arms and saying they are best all together.

DO • always make sure new recruits and visitors are introduced to everyone •clearly explain why a Beaver may be left out of an activity or not chosen for a position such as Lodge leader. Give the Beaver a special job they can do well • adapt activities and games so Beavers with special needs can take part • remember allergies and religious/dietary restrictions when providing food.

DON’T • give in to the pushy ones who always want to go first • let Beavers choose others one by one for their team as someone will be the last to be chosen • let family ties or friendships influence your relationship with a particular Beaver. 13


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New training modules

mp or residential Is there a night away, sleepover, ca tter what type of overnight ma No ? on riz ho ur yo on e nc rie expe lping out with, it is essential experience you are planning or he job, says Samantha Marks e th for ls too ht rig e th ve ha u yo that


he Scout Association now offers two modules to enable you to provide overnight experiences with confidence. In order to become more flexible and relevant in the training available, Module 16: Nights Away has changed and a new Module 38: Skills for Residential Experiences has been created.

Module 16: Introduction to Residential Experiences This gives an introduction to the place, value and organisation of residential experiences, and their importance in Scouting. This will be a shorter version of the obligatory module that all section leaders need to complete. more info For more about training – For more about the Nights Away Permit Scheme –

Module 38: Skills for Residential Experiences This focuses on the skills to plan and run a successful residential experience for young people. It reflects the skills needed for a Nights Away Permit and aims to help leaders gain new skills and consolidate their knowledge. These changes will give you more flexibility and choice over the training you receive. The Nights Away Permit Scheme remains a separate national scheme, so while these modules aim to give you all the knowledge you need, if you want to gain a Nights Away Permit, you will still need to be assessed separately (you don’t need a Nights Away permit to get your Wood Badge). Remember though, that there are no pre-requisites for gaining a Nights Away Permit – you don’t have to attend either of these courses to get one. In fact, if you have a Nights Away Permit then you can automatically validate both of these modules without attending any training.

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save the chıldren

p i h s d n e i r F Passport Get the new Friendship Passport resource pack for Beaver Scouts, in partnership with Save the Children


his month sees the start of our partnership with Save the Children, a charity that works in the UK and across the world to ensure that children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection.

The Friendship Passport The Friendship Passport resource pack features a different country each year, and is jammed full of fun and simple activity ideas, including games and competitions. From exploring the country’s geography, culture, games and traditions, to examining the issues facing children, and Save the Children’s work there, the passport will take your Colony on an exciting journey across the globe. The aim is for each Beaver to fill their passport with all the available stickers for each activity, and to get it stamped by raising money or awareness, as friends of Save the Children’s work. The country we’ve chosen has been a big secret until now, but it’s one that’s important to both Scouting and Save the Children. To find out where the Friendship Passport can take your Beaver Scouts in 2011, just visit our partnership website.

Sample activity – Memory game you will need: • a tray.

Cut out pictures of Save the Children’s life-saving equipment, for example, mosquito nets, water filters, micronutrient peanut butter paste and vaccinations. You can also include everyday household items. Give the Colony, or an individual Beaver, 30 seconds to memorise the items on the tray, then remove one item and ask them to guess which is missing. Describe and discuss what the items are used for, and how they can help save children’s lives.

Get involved The Friendship Passport is a flexible programme of activities that can be completed over a day, a week, a month or even longer. To receive your leaders’ resource pack, including stickers for the passports and a great prize when you finish, register at or email All of the activities are also available to download individually from Programmes Online ( 15


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section growth


’m so excited by all the adventures I’m going to have,’ said new Beaver Scout Luke at the opening of the satellite section of the 1st Barnham Scout Group. The high demand for Scouting, allied with a lack of facilities and volunteers, gave Group Scout Leader Stuart Thorne an idea. He got in touch with Mark Guy, the Local Development Officer to discuss the way forward. ‘At that time, the 1st Barnham had one Beaver Colony, one Cub Pack and one Scout Troop’, says Mark. ‘Although we desperately needed to open another Colony, we would have nowhere to meet. The Group only have the use of the village hall for one evening a week and trying to squeeze a fourth section in would be impossible. ‘Stuart wondered if we could start up a new Beaver section in Walberton, a nearby village. A few months later we invited the local community and those on the Group’s joining list to attend a taster event.’

Drumming up support Events planned over the coming months are an African drumming evening, and a Scottish-themed night. Parents are being encouraged to get involved by being invited and a parent rota is to be introduced. ‘The plan is to increase the size of the Colony over time as the adults become more confident,’ says Mark. The success of this new Beaver section generated so much interest in the local area that a second satellite section, a Cub Pack, is due to open in January. This is good news for Beaver Scout Luke, who has his Scouting future all planned out and who is looking forward to even more activities in Cubs.

Real buzz The turnout was better than expected. They received 18 more enquiries to join and eight expressions of interest in volunteering from the adults. Stuart and Mark worked together over the summer to follow up the leads and with four parents willing to commit to help on a regular basis, they opened the new Colony in October with support from the District Team. Walberton Parish Council helped the Colony get established by offering them use of the Pavillion village hall for meetings. A packed evening of games and activities launched the satellite section as the new Beavers got to know each other. Parent and helper Martin Roberts is part of the new leadership team at Walberton, and was at the launch: ‘I’m new to Scouting and the welcome I’ve received is amazing. Our first meeting has been a great success. There’s a real buzz for Scouting and I’m so pleased to be part of it. Many people think volunteering is hard work but from what I’ve experienced so far it’s great fun!’ Assistant County Commissioner Mike Wakeling is pleased they have been able to provide the challenge and adventure of Scouting to more young people in the community. ‘This is the way forward,’ he explains. ‘We would like to see more groups consider doing this as Scouting offers so much to both young people and adults.’ New Beaver Scout Luke 17


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Your Programme, Your Voice a Your The Programme Team recently ran aire about Programme, Your Voice questionn ents and Scouting magazine and its supplem received nearly 3,000 responses


his questionnaire was designed so that we could gauge readers’ feelings about the magazine and its content. Questions ranged from what readers think of the content in both the main magazine and the supplements, to the type of adverts that are featured. We have listed highlights of the results along with suggested changes that will be implemented as part of the review.

Highlights • Most of our readers look forward to receiving the magazine, and will read over 50% of it. • Over 50% of respondents find the magazine relevant to their role, and feel that the content in it isn’t just for new leaders. • Most feel that receiving the magazine bimonthly is the right frequency. • Most are happiest receiving the magazine as a hard copy, rather than electronically. However it is worth noting that Scouting and its supplements are all available online at

Check your details Do you receive the correct supplement? Do you receive ScoutingPlus – our weekly news email? If the answer is ‘no’ then perhaps you should check and/or amend your details on our Membership database at

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• People would like to see more Scouting skills, activities and ‘how to’ guides in the magazine and supplements. • Most find the supplement and its content useful to their role.

Outcomes One of the results of the questionnaire is the standardisation of the content in the supplements, so that similar content can be found in comparable places in each supplement. A further outcome is the creation of a pool of writers which will relieve the pressure on current contributors and provide a wide range of expertise. If you are interested in writing for the magazine and its supplements please email the editorial team at

YPYV surveys Your Programme, Your Voice (YPYV) is a regular online questionnaire created and run by the 6-25 Programme Team. Questions are asked about the Programme and other related issues on a regular basis. Members are alerted by email when there is a new YPYV available. To participate, please make sure your email address is on record on the Membership database.

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