Beaver Scouts started up at the beginning of September with a parent’s meeting where we went over the expectations and routines that our group uses. These are all outlined in our Parent’s Guide!
The beginning of the year is always an orientation (and reminder) for youth about how we will work together, our routines and responsibilities, and our goals.
Through a voting exercise, the youth have chosen three Outdoor Adventure Skill sets to achieve this year: Vertical (14 votes), Camping (13 votes), Emergency Aid (9 votes). We’ll also touch on Aquatics (8 votes) and Paddling (4 votes). Although only 2 youth voted for Trail Skills, we do expect to have many adventures on the trail.
The youth have also established their Code of Conduct:
- Keep your hands to yourself
- Tell the truth
- Be kind
- Listen to who is talking, take turns speaking and use your inside voice
- No spitting and practice good hygiene
- No false alarms
- Take responsibility for your actions
- Be appropriate and safe
- Clean up and respect our space
We have had an Investiture Ceremony to welcome new beavers, and we have completed two of our main fundraisers (Popcorn and Apple Day).
We also had a Welcome Camp at Raven’s Nest Group Site in Tynehead Regional Park. We shared this camp with our friends from 6th Centre Lake. The youth learned a lot from older Scouts, who taught them some emergency skills, knots, and the requirements of Camping Stage 1 Badge, which all attending youth received. There was also lots of healthy and delicious food, a hike with licorice fern root tasting and a scavenger hunt, a visit to the hatchery and a campfire!
At our halloween party, youth did a couple STEM activities after inventing a game called “Zombie Tag”. They made slime and spiders that climb a rope.
Most recently, we joined 100 burnaby area beaver scouts for a campfire at Warner Loat Park, where each group led campfire songs.
The North Star Award is the Top Section award for Beaver Scouts. Beavers become eligible to receive the award when they, as White Tails, have their Northern Lights Ceremony, but they can work towards the award during their years in Beaver Scouts. The award is OPTIONAL. It is a badge the Scout may wear on their uniform through all levels of Scouting. Every section from Beavers through Venturers has a Top Section Award, so to earn all awards in your scouting life would be a big accomplishment that starts in Beavers.
The Badge Booklets we handed out at Investiture include a section at the end about the North Star Award. You can use your booklet to track your progress.
In future, this award will require Beaver Scouts to have obtained 5 Outdoor Adventure Skill Stage Badges. However, this is the first year of Canadian Path badges and our Beavers haven’t had the same opportunity to earn these badges slowly. As part of our transition to Canadian Path, this year only we are offering options for the badge component of earning the award.
Whichever options Beaver Scouts choose, they must speak to Scouter Rosie about their choice and prepare a plan (writing out the choices, filling out the Badge Booklet).
Adapted Requirements for The North Star Award
Required: 5 hours community service / volunteering
Required: Participation in a Northern Lights Project:
- Option A: Complete the project decided on with White Tails Council
- Option B: Plan a project on your own and complete it on your own time (Share the plan with Scouter first)
Required: Outdoor Adventure Skill Stages:
- Option A: Earn 5 Outdoor Adventure Skill Stages
- Option B: Earn 3 Outdoor Adventure Skill Stages AND 2 Personal Achievement Badges
Required: Review your time in Beavers and what you have experienced and share your thoughts and memories with your Scouters
By telling Scouters about your plan to try for this award, the Scouters can provide support to you.