Badges for Beavers?!

Yup, thatís right.
Why not.

The Beaver Law says: ďA Beaver has fun, works hard and helps family and friends.Ē

The other age sections in Scouting (Cubs, Scouts, Venturers) all receive recognition for their hard work, so why shouldnít Beavers as well. Since itís inception in 1974, people have spoken about creating a badge program for Beavers, but itís never made it to the forefront in Canada, as it has elsewhere in the world. Scouts Canada is looking at it seriously now, we should see something in the next year.

Today, weíre going to go ahead and offer our Beaver group, access to a balanced badge program for Beavers.

What is the point of a badge program?
It is a recognition method, for some of our activities, that adds a new level of constructive development to our program.

For the kids, itís recognition of their work.
For the parents, itís more clearly defined values, wisdom, and experience that weíre adding to their childís growth and development Ė based on professional and volunteer researched criteria.
For some youth, itís the very beginnings of goal setting skills.
For the volunteers, it's a useful and well planned tool to help deliver solid program.

Whatís the difference between these badges and camp/event badges?
The "camp badges" that we give out now (and will continue to do), are souvenirs of a visit or an event. They are intended as keepsakes of the event, where participation is the only requirement, and are not intended to be part of their regular uniform vest. Many put them on a camp blanket, or wall hanging. (I have my own, dating back to 1975)

These new badges, (mostly also accomplished as part of group activities) will go on their Beaver vests, showing that they have met the criteria and received the recognition.

Will this not separate or upset kids who donít get them?
By design, most of the badges are only accomplished as part of group projects. Therefore, if theyíre participating, learning, and doing, they will receive it, and no one will be left out. We will at all times, exercise a certain amount of flexibility on this topic, never wanting to exclude anyone. Additionally though, there are a few (the Swimmer badge for example) that we really canít do at a meeting, and that a swim teacher will have to sign off on, individually.

Can we work on them at home?
Sure. Why not. Some are more applicable than others, but let us know, and we'll let them share what they have done with the colony.

Can they earn the same badge more than once?
Yes, in some cases, it can and will happen. That's ok. (Adventure badge is a common one for this)

How do we keep track?
We have an online system that will help us keep track of attendance and activities we participate in. Scoutstracker.ca - everyone has an account, and can access it from the web or phone.

What are some of the requirements?
They fall into three categories, and an encompassing final award:


Activity Badges

Adventure Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Adventure Activity Badge

Take part in three activities with other Beaver Scouts that will provide adventure. Two should be activities that you have not tried before.

Examples include:

  • treasure hunt
  • following a laid trail
  • grass sledging
  • journey using a new form of transport
  • making and sailing a model boat
  • climbing
  • abseiling
  • swimming
  • canal boating
  • an adventure walk around a park
  • visiting a pier

Notes

The leadership team must arrange appropriate supervision before the adventure takes place.

Air Activities Badge - Beaver Scouts

Air Activities Badge

Complete the following:
  1. Make a paper dart out of paper and see how well it flies.
  2. Find out about a particular aeroplane and tell others in the Colony about it. Examples might be Concord, Spitfire, Airbus, Lynx helicopter etc.
  3. Talk to someone who has flown in a plane, helicopter or hot air balloon and find out what it was like.
  4. If you have already flown in a plane, tell others in the Colony what it was like. If not, tell them what you would like to fly in, and why.
Animal Friend Badge - Beaver Scouts

Animal Friend Badge

Complete the following:
  1. Know how to care for an animal, fish or insect.
  2. Help to take care of an animal for one month.
  3. Tell others in the Colony about the animal.
  4. Know about the correct food to feed the animal, including type, variety and quantity.
  5. Know about the habitat of the animal, such as where it sleeps etc.
  6. Know how to exercise the animal.
  7. Keep a record of the food given to the animal and what you do with the animal for a period of two weeks.

Examples of suitable animals for this badge include dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, fish, birds, rabbits, lambs, stick insects.

Creative Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Creative Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Explain or know about a creative activity.
  2. Take part in the creative activity.
  3. Tell the Colony about the activity.

Examples of creative activities include:

  • putting on a show or form of entertainment
  • making a mobile, origami shapes, a model out of clay or plasticine, a painting or drawing or doing conjuring tricks
Experiment Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Experiment Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Decide what to do and try and work out what might happen.
  2. Investigate something of interest to find out how it works; or grow something from seed.
  3. Tell others in the Colony what you saw and discovered.

Some examples of experiments could include:

  • growing a bulb
  • growing mustard and cress, a seed potato, bean or carrot top
  • showing how a torch works from the bits that make it up
  • showing what a magnet can do, or making a game using magnets
Explore Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Explore Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Decide what or where to explore.
  2. Think about what you expect to find.
  3. Go on the exploration.
  4. Tell others in the Colony what you have discovered.

Suggested places to visit and explore include:

  • the seashore
  • a forest or park
  • woodland
  • a town

Notes

All explorations should be undertaken under the supervision of a responsible adult.

*Further information

Let your imagination run wild resource pack (pdf)
Faith Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Faith Activity Badge

Complete the following:
  1. Write a prayer or reflection.
  2. Read or share a prayer at the opening or closing ceremony or some other time.
  3. Find and tell a story that relates to the Beaver Scout Promise.
  4. Tell others in the Colony about the story in an interesting way, for example, as simple drama, picture, cartoon, or part of a game.
  5. Visit a place of worship and show evidence of your visit with photographs, drawings, handouts, leaflets or information sheets.
Health and Fitness Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Health & Fitness Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Learn about foods that are good for you.
  2. Learn about the value of keeping fit.
  3. Plan a healthy meal.
  4. Tell others in the Colony about a sport or activity you take part in.
  5. Learn about personal hygiene.
Healthy Eating Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Healthy Eating Activity Badge

Complete the following:
  1. Make a fruit salad.
  2. Make a healthy snack.
  3. Make two different sandwiches.
  4. List some unhealthy foods.

Examples of healthy snacks include omelette, salad, mini pizzas, strawberry smoothie, homemade meatballs etc.

Notes

There must be appropriate supervision when doing these activities.

Hobbies Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Hobbies Activity Badge

Complete the following:
  1. Take part in a chosen hobby for a period agreed.
  2. Tell and show the Colony the chosen hobby.

Notes

A Beaver Scout may gain more than one Hobbies Badge.

Imagination Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Imagination Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Write, tell or act a short story, poem or play.
  2. Build a model using a variety of objects.
  3. Build a collage, draw or paint a picture imagining what life might be like in the future.

*Further information

Let your imagination run wild resource pack (pdf)
Safety Activity Badge - Beaver Scouts

Safety Activity Badge

Complete the following:

  1. Explain the safety rules of Elmer the Safety Elephant.
  2. Explain the water safety code.
  3. Say what to do when approached by a stranger
  4. Identify possible dangers around the house and say what to do about them.

Staged Activity Badges

All the Staged Activity Badges have 5 stages, except Nights Away - which has 12 and Hikes Away, which has six. This means that a young person can gain whichever badge is appropriate to the level they have reached. It is possible, for example, for a Beaver Scout who is an excellent swimmer to gain a higher level badge than a Scout who has just taken up the activity.

Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge

First Aid Staged Activity Badge

First Aid 1

Complete the requirements below.

  1. Understand and recognise dangers in the house and outside.
  2. Know what to do at the scene of an accident, and how to call 911.
  3. Know your own address and phone number, and how to identify where you are.
  4. Know how to treat minor cuts, scratches and grazes.

Notes

This stage requires 1 to 2 hours activity/ learning and should be trained and assessed by an adult or young leader familiar with the resource material.


First Aid 2

Complete the requirements below.

  1. Know what to do at the scene of an accident, and how to call 911.
  2. Know how to get help from the emergency service.
  3. Know how to clear an airway and place in the recovery position.
  4. Know how to deal with minor bleeding.
  5. Know how to deal with major bleeding.
  6. Know how to deal with burns and scalds.

Notes

This requires two to three hours of training/ activity and should be trained and assessed by an adult or young leader with first response or equivalent external qualifications, familiar with the resource material.

A young person holding first aid award covering this or a similar syllabus from a recognised First Aid provider (for example St Johnís Ambulance or the  Red Cross) automatically qualifies for this award.


First Aid 3, 4, & 5 - Build on this, and are available if you would like to see them.

Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge

Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge

Hikes Away 1

Complete 1 hike or journey with a purpose as agreed with the leader. Those taking part should be dressed and equipped for the prevailing conditions and terrain.

Hikes Away 5

Complete 5 hike or journeys with a purpose as agreed with the leader. Those taking part should be dressed and equipped for the prevailing conditions and terrain.

Hikes Away 10, 15, etc. - Same Concept.

Examples of activities qualifying for a 'Hike Away' are listed below. Other similar activities could be undertaken.

For Beaver Scouts, plan for about 2 hours of activity. Examples might be:

  • Explore on foot a country park or nature reserve.
  • Go on a family ramble with the colony.
  • Take part in a woodland walk (observing the wildlife/ complete a tree safari).
Information Technology Staged Activity Badge

Information Technology Staged Activity Badge

Information Technology 1

Complete the following:

  1. Show that you can switch on and close down a computer safely.
  2. Show that you know what the following are:
    • monitor
    • mouse
    • printer
    • CD/DVD-ROM
    • icon
  3. Use a piece of software of their choice to show that you can produce a poster to show others what they do in Scouting. It should include both text and graphics.
  4. Use a piece of painting software of your choice to produce a simple picture.
  5. Show you can use a piece of software that requires the use of a CD/DVD-ROM.

Information Technology 2

Complete the following:
  1. Produce a list of rules for using the internet safely.
  2. Show that you know the meaning of:
    • modem
    • browser
    • search engine
    • digital camera
    • clip art
    • scanner
    • menu
  3. Show that you can save a file and open that file at a later date.
  4. Choose four additional activities out of:
    • Access the internet safely, to find out as much as you can about a topic of their choice.
    • Use a digital camera to take some digital photographs and use a piece of software to enhance or alter the original photographs.
    • Use a piece of software of your choice to produce a set of matching stationery for an event, eg birthday, place cards, invitations, posters etc.
    • Use a piece of simulation software and explain what you learned from it.
    • Produce a series of newsletters for your section over a three-month period.
    • Produce a simple pictogram or graph of something of interest to you or your section.

Information Technology 3, 4, & 5 - Build on this, and are available if you would like to see them.

Musician Staged Activity Badge

Musician Staged Activity Badge

Musician 1

Complete the following:

1 Skill Listen to a short tune of a couple of lines and then sing it back.

Listen to another tune and then beat or clap out the rhythm.

2 Performance Sing or play two different types of song or tune on your chosen instrument.

This performance must be either in front of other Scouts, or at a public performance, such as at a Group show, school concert or church service.

3 Knowledge Demonstrate some of the musical exercises that you use to practice your skills.

Talk about your instrument, and why you enjoy playing it (or the songs you sing and why you enjoy singing them).

Name several well-known pieces of music that can be played on your instrument.

Name several musicians who you have heard.

4 Interest Tell your assessor about the music that you most like to listen to.

Musician 2

Complete the following:

1 Skill Achieve Grade One of the Associated Board of the Royal Conservatory of Music (or similar) on the instrument of your choice or by singing.
2 Performance Sing or play two different types of song or tune on your chosen instrument. This performance must be either in front of other Scouts, or at a public performance, such as at a Group show, school concert or church service.
3 Knowledge Demonstrate some of the musical exercises that you use to practice your skills.

Talk about your instrument and why you enjoy playing it (or the songs you sing and why you enjoy singing them).

Name several well-known pieces of music associated with your instrument.

Name several musicians who are associated with your instrument or chosen songs.

4 Interest Talk about your own interests in music, including what you listen to most, and how this is similar to or different from the music you play or sing.

Musician 3, 4, & 5 - Build on this, and are available if you would like to see them.

Nights Away Staged Activity Badge

Nights Away Staged Activity Badge

Nights Away 1

Complete one night away as part of a recognised Scout activity, sleeping either in tents, bivouacs, hostels, on boats or other centres.

Nights Away 5

Complete five nights away on recognised Scout activities, sleeping in either tents, bivouacs, hostels, on boats or other centres.

Nights Away 10, 15, etc. - Same Concept.

For Beavers, any structure is acceptable.

Swimmer Staged Activity Badge

Swimmer Staged Activity Badge

Swimmer 1

Complete the following:

1 Safety Know the safety rules and where it is safe to swim locally.
2 Enter pool Without using the steps, demonstrate a controlled entry into at least 1.5 metres of water.
3 Short swim Swim ten metres on your front.
4 Tread water Tread water for 30 seconds in a vertical position.
5 Water skills Using a buoyancy aid, float still in the water for 30 seconds.

Demonstrate your ability to retrieve an object from chest deep water.

Perform a push and glide on both your front and back.

6 Distance swim Swim 25 metres without stopping.
7 Swimming activity Take part in an organised swimming activity.

Swimmer 2

Complete the following:

1 Safety Know the safety rules and where it is safe to swim locally.
2 Enter pool Demonstrate a controlled entry or dive from the side of the pool, into at least 1.5 metres of water.
3 Short swim Swim ten metres on your front, ten metres on your back, and ten metres on your back using only your legs.
4 Tread water Tread water for three minutes in a vertical position.
5 Water skills Surface dive into at least 1.5 metres of water and touch the bottom with both hands.

Mushroom float for ten seconds.

Enter the pool and push off from the side on your front and glide for five metres.

From the side of the pool, push off on your back and glide for as far as possible.

6 Distance swim Swim 100 metres without stopping.
7 Swimming activity Take part in an organised swimming activity.

Swimmer 3, 4, & 5 - Build on this, and are available if you would like to see them.


Challenge Badges

Promise Challenge - Beaver Scouts

Promise Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four activities, at least one from each area.

Beaver Scout Promise

  • explain how they have recently 'done their best' on at least two occasions and how this made a difference
  • help a new Beaver Scout in the Colony to learn the Beaver Scout Promise
  • take part in an Investiture ceremony or similar
  • attend at least two Colony Forums/ Log Chews.

Your God

  • take part in an act of worship with others in the Colony, such as a parade at a place of worship, and/ or a Scouts' Own
  • learn two facts about their faith community and tell the rest of the Colony about them
  • write and read a prayer for their Colony's opening or closing ceremony
  • attain the Faith Activity Badge.

Rights and wrongs

  • help review an event or activity with the rest of the Colony
  • visit a place of worship other than their own
  • learn about Fair Trade, the right to clean water etc
  • listen to a story from a faith tradition which gives examples of good and bad and talk about it afterwards
  • write down some ideas that could help to make the Beaver meetings more fun for everyone.
*Further information - see Faith Activity Badge above
Creative Challenge - Beaver Scouts

Creative Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four activities, at least one from each area.

Creativity

  • act or mime a simple scene
  • learn a new song and sing it
  • make a model out of something, such as junk, kit or Lego
  • make an instrument and play it.

Cooking

  • try some simple cooking eg making cakes or decorate biscuits etc
  • make a hot drink safely.

How things work

  • learn how a simple mechanism works eg a lock, bike pump, Meccano, etc
  • learn what a magnet does
  • use some food colouring to, for example, tie-dye some material or watch celery change colour
  • light a bulb using a simple circuit.
Fitness Challenge - Beaver Scouts

Fitness Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four activities, at least one from each area.

Agility and fitness

  • take part in a team game
  • take part in agility activities eg balancing a book on their head etc
  • take part in cooperative games eg parachute games.

Adventure

  • go for an accompanied walk
  • take part in a keep fit session
  • try one new sport eg rugby, tennis etc.

Health

  • learn about and taste a variety of healthy foods
  • monitor heartbeat after different activity and understand the reasons for change
  • design a poster which promotes healthy eating.

Friendship Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four requirements, at least one from each area.

Caring for others

  • know what to do in an emergency, including calling 911
  • understand how to change simple activities to cater for special needs
  • take part in an activity to help the elderly
  • take part in an activity to help the community
  • raise funds for a good cause.

People far away

  • find out about four different aspects of life in another country. For example: national costume, food, currency or climate etc
  • as a Colony create a link with another Colony or similar in a different country.

Meeting other people

  • find out about the job or interest of someone in their community, such as a religious leader, dentist, a musician etc
  • arrange a visit to or from someone who serves the community. For example - a police officer, a lifeboat crew, coastguard, fire fighter etc
  • join in activities with another Colony.
Global Challenge - Beaver Scouts

Global Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four activities, at least one from each area.

Cultures

  • learn about Fair Trade products
  • taste and/or prepare food from around the world
  • learn about international faiths and beliefs
  • take part in a tradition from around the UK. This could be about preparing local food, folk dancing or singing songs etc. Examples include cheese rolling, well dressing, maypole dancing
  • play or make an instrument from another country. For example a didgeridoo, drums, castanets or rain sticks, etc

World Scouting

  • learn a Promise from another country
  • learn a greeting in another language
  • take part in a Scouting activity from another country
  • meet a Scout from another country

Environment

  • organise an activity to clean up the environment eg litter pick
  • learn about the Country Code
  • get involved in a recycling project, such as for paper, glass or ink cartridges
  • plant trees or flowers
  • learn how to save energy
  • learn about wildlife conservation
Outdoor Challenge - Beaver Scouts

Outdoor Challenge

The Beaver Scout must complete four activities, at least one from each area.

Preparing for a visit

  • pack a healthy picnic meal
  • know what to put in your rucksack for a day visit. This could be a cagoule, drinks, lunch and waterproofs etc
  • help put up a tent

Visit

  • go on a visit to a place of interest. This could be a park, campsite, activity centre, historic building, beach or similar
  • visit a Cub Scout Pack holiday or Scout camp

Adventure

  • take part in an outdoor activity. For example, swimming, climbing, grass sledging, treasure hunt, canal boating etc
  • attend a Sleepover
  • learn and use two knots
  • follow a laid out trail

The Bronze Beaver

a top award for Beavers, that may be worn on their Cub uniform as they move on to Cubs.

Requirements
  1. Earn all of the challenge badges.
    a) Creative
    b) Fitness
    c) Friendship
    d) Global
    e) Outdoor
    f) Promise
     
  2. Earn six of the activity badges.
    a) Adventure
    b) Air
    c) Animal Friendship
    d) Creative
    e) Experiment
    f) Explore
    g) Faith
    h) Health & Fitness
    i) Healthy Eating
    j) Hobbies
    k) Imagination
    l) Safety
     
  3. Complete your Hikes Away 5 badge.
     
  4. Complete your Nights Away 5 badge.

Questions?
Ask.
These are all new to everyone, and there are no stupid questions. There may yet be many things we need to clarify within these requirements.

Below, is an example image of where to place these badges, on the Beaver's vest. (note, there is a more detailed memo in the parent's section)