What a busy and exciting, wet year we have shared, starting with a soaking on our St George’s Day Parade.
In May the Beavers visited the BIG Weekend County Camp at Southwell Race Course on the only dry day of a very, very muddy camp. It is always good for Beavers to see where the older young people sleep, eat and play on camp. It is good to see the next step of the journey of Scouting.
Our Summer Term was dominated by The Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics – what an exciting year! In June, the sun shone at least once. We invited our families to join us for our Diamond Jubilee. It was lovely to put the bunting out and play games with the whole family and of course eat our picnic together.
The torrential downpour stopped just as 6th Beeston Beavers, Cubs & Scouts; Magellan Explorers and Trent Scout Network as well as family members, Executive Members and Leaders lined the streets to see Torvill and Dean carry the Olympic Torch in the Relay. It was lovely to be part of this Group Family.
In the Autumn term, the Beavers learnt about International Scouting following Yogi’s and Paddington’s visit to Portugal with the Explorers and Bob Bear’s International Service in Finland. It is good for Beavers to learn
about the world beyond Beeston and also to glimpse some of the opportunities available to them as they progress through Scouting. As a result of these experiences, our Lodges have assumed a new importance and each has its own identity and chant or animation, which we shared with the Group at our Carol Service.
What a Winter! We enjoyed the snow, unfortunately there was so much of it that the NESST Ramble had to be postponed until April. We did manage to have a Brilliant Beaver Sleepover in February, you can read about it, there are plenty of pictures as well.
We were visited by the Police. It’s OK, we had invited PC Billy to come and tell us about keeping safe. He brought some friends along and they showed us around the Police Van (the siren is VERY LOUD!!) and some of us even dressed up in their uniforms! Cookie Bear really looks the business!
When we are not out and about exploring the world, we are at HQ playing games, singing songs, creating art, learning about maps, making models, planting seeds and bulbs, learning about other countries, reacting to fire drills, running races, dad-dancing, building mega-catapults, circuit training, cooking, telling everyone about our hobbies, asking questions endlessly… we are just so busy!
6th Beeston Beaver Colony continues to thrive. We have offered a full and varied programme to our amazing Beaver Scouts who make us smile – most of the time! In return, the Beaver Scouts have shared with us their laughter and their curiosity as they make sense of their ever-widening world. They have impressed us with their kindness and automatic accommodation of each others’ varied needs. They put the Scout Law into practice without even thinking about it. This makes us feel both privileged and proud to work with them.
Scouting is a GREAT BIG ADVENTURE that begins in the Beaver Section. Long may the adventure continue! You can find out what we are up to on our website: www.6thbeeston.co.uk
- Thank you Beaver Parents for all your support and lending us your little joy-bringers each week.
- Thank you Brilliant Beaver Leaders (and our families) for being a fantastic team.
- Thank you Beavers for being the best and most Brilliant Beavers in the whole wide world and Beeston.
Paddington – Carmel Gummett-Kemp
On behalf of the Brilliant Beaver Leader Team