If you were to ask a Beaver, what and who we are the words they would say are”: fun”, “exciting”, ”building new things”, “going new places” and “learning cool stuff”. It is an exciting place for children to learn new skills and friendships that they will keep with them for life. Beavers start at the age of six and graduate to cubs at the age of nine. We meet every Thursday in Howth.
Beavers learn through fun on how to work in a team to develop communication, leadership, responsibility, and most important respect for one another. Developing as an individual is essential as talents and skills are discovered, as well as improving existing ones. It is also discovering who you are and how you fit into a team.
Beavers are presented with their memory bag at the beginning of each year, which allows them to gain a greater understanding of the One Programme, which is based on six principles, Social, Physical, Intelligence, Characteristic, Emotional, and Spiritual, also known as S.P.I.C.E.S. Within S.P.I.C.E.S, there are characters that each Beaver can relate to in order to complete the task in hand.
In addition to the principles, we work on skills, such as emergencies, air, water, and pioneering to name a few. In each area there are six levels, in Beavers we cover the first two levels which are age appropriate for example in Hillwalking the children learn the country code and the buddy system.
Badges are a huge motivation for Beavers to complete tasks and the anticipation of gaining them is an exciting moment of pride. This happens in every troop and every section. They are their badges of honour.
The Beavers take part in many activities and outings throughout the year, which include sleepovers, group hostel, and visit to Tara Street fire station. The main events that we look forward to each year are Easter Camp and summer camp, which we spend a few days camping down in Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow.
The leader team’s experience is a huge advantage as they have come up through the scout troop, starting at beavers. Beavers are the starting point of our troop and where the love of scouting is ignited.