Beaver Program

Welcome to our 24th Kitchener Beaver Colonies.

Below you will find some general information about our Beaver Colonies.

More information is found on pull down links under the Beavers button on the Menu Bar at the top or at the right.

Check out the Colony Calendar and find upcoming information at Colony News.

We are lucky enough to have 2 great Beaver Colonies.

Tuesday TinyTooth Colony Email:

tbeavers@24th.ca

Wednesday Tail Flappers Colony Email:

wbeavers@24th.ca

When?

Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

or

Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

September thru May.

Where?

Generally we meet at St. James’-Rosemount United Church but
make sure you check the Colony  Calendar for special meeting times and places.

Who?

Youth ages 5 – 7 years

Why?

To have fun, make new friends, learn how to get along in a group environment, develop self confidence, enjoy the outdoors, develop a sense of caring for the environment, and learn about their community.

How & What?

Through a fun and adventurous program of outdoor activities, creative play, music,  cooperative games, nature walks, short hikes, tree plantings, sleepovers and visits from police and fire persons, paramedics, special guests, and trips to Beaveree’s (large gathering of Beavers) nurseries, parks and conservation areas.


Beaver Promise

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I promise to love God and to help take care of the world.

 

Beaver Law

A Beaver has fun, works hard and helps family and friends.

Beaver Motto

Sharing, Sharing, Sharing

Background of BeaversBeaver Fever

Beavers started in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the program was approved by the National Council as a three year experiment in May, 1972. It became an overnight success prompting Scouts Canada to adopt it as an official program in 1974. Since that time, many other countries have modeled similar programs after our Beaver program.  Thanks to Beavers and similar programs in other countries, youth throughout the world are able to join Scouting at a much earlier age.

The Beaver Program stems from the book FRIENDS OF THE FOREST, written specifically for Beavers. The book describes how the Jones family have come to live in the clearing along the river bank and how they quickly become aware of their new neighbours, a colony of beavers that also live along the river bank. The story illustrates how the beaver colony observes the Jones family, giving them names and then eventually how the beavers meet the members of the Jones family, mom, dad and their three children.

The story is the background resource which provides the terminology, setting, theme and program material for operating a Beaver Colony.

Becoming a Beaver

Beavers is a program for children ages 5-7. Seven-year-old Beavers receive an introduction to the Wolf Cub program where they can continue their Scouting adventure.

A new member begins as a KIT and works to become an EAGER BEAVER (see investiture ceremony).

Parents, you can help your children learn the Beaver Law, Promise and Motto and even help them learn what to do at the opening and closing ceremonies.  You can find the Beaver Law, Promise, and Motto here.

Colony Program

To meet the Mission and Principles of Scouts Canada in the Beaver program, the following GOALS guide activities that encourage Beavers to:Beaver Planting Tree

  • find examples of God’s love for them and the world;
  • experience and express love and joy;
  • express themselves;
  • be healthy and have good feelings about themselves;
  • develop a sense of belonging and sharing in small group activities;
  • develop a sense of co-operation through non-competitive activities;
  • appreciate nature.

In Beavers, Scouts Canada’s Mission, Principles and Goals are achieved through the use of a program of understanding, supportive fun. Activities are built around seven Program elements: Games, Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Playacting, Spiritual Fellowship and Outdoors.

Current Beaver Activities can be found on the Colony Calendar and the Colony News Pages.

Information on this page was adapted from Scouts Canada’s Beaver Parents Guide.  The Guide in its entirety is available at http://www.scouts.ca/media//documents/BeaverParentGuide05.pdf

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