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Wanted! Beaver Leaders for 1st Hinchley Wood

Are you enthusiastic, caring and creative? 1st Hinchley Wood Scouts is searching for a Beaver Leader.

Come to our prospective leader info session to find out more – Wednesday 3rd April, 5:30pm at the hut on Lynwood Road, or contact Emma Willson on the details above.

1st Hinchley Wood has a very active Beaver colony. Find out more about the colony and see some of the recent updates below:

Review 2017-18: Beavers

Ian Broderick

At this time of the year as I’m asked to provide brief details for the Review of our activities for the year I think of the Life of Brian sketch.

So what has Beavers ever done for our children?

How about camping and fire lighting? Well they’re part of the Scouting organisation so of course they’re going to do camping, fire lighting, setting up a tent and hiking – everyone knows that.

They did learn a lot about safety – in the home, on the water, fire safety, green cross code, stranger danger – that’s quite important.

Obviously we have to look after the children so safety goes without saying.

What about the ‘visits and visitors’ like laser tag, drumming, Bazzaz, Group camp, Shinnyo-en, fire station, food bank, Chelsea FC, tennis and White Spider climbing.

Well of course thanks to all visitors and helpers.

We can’t forget the wonderful time they had at Group camp with zorbing, spoon branding, water rockets, caving, nightline and assault course.

So apart from camping, climbing, fire-lighting Bazzaz, safety, camp, tennis, football, archery, hiking, cycling, catapults, caving, crate-stacking, experiments, visits and visitors, self-confidence, fun, games, friends and badges (including the coveted Chief Scout’s Bronze Award) – what has Beavers ever done for our children?

NOTHING MUCH REALLY!!!!

And I’ve probably missed out as many activities as I’ve mentioned but I was told to keep this short!

None of this could have occurred without the volunteers who make it possible. So big thanks to the Beaver Leader team of Ian Broderick, Heidi Smith, Samantha Emmerson, Wendy Vincze, parent reps Pauline Davies and Emma Willson, not forgetting the ‘DofE’ young leaders, weekly parent helpers and Colony Administrator Sarah Chan.

Who would be a Beaver leader? We can always do with more help – join the fun and remember doing good makes you feel good.

Beavers reach new heights in Spring 2018

Reaching the top…

At the end of a hectic spring term, which involved the Beavers making thank you candles at the Shinnyo-en temple, frying pancakes and experimenting with eggs, the group tested their fear of heights.

They did brilliantly: all the Beavers encouraged each other to do their best. It was great to see them working together and supporting each other as well as challenging themselves.

With most (or perhaps all I think!) reaching the heights then they all deserve a big well done… We were very proud!

Emma Willson

Beavers get some target practice in…

With a few early evening summer rays still around in late September, some very excited Beavers headed off to enjoy the delights of Laser Tag at Campaign. Everyone was kitted up in army fatigues, supplied with a laser gun after a safety briefing and sent off into various scenarios to play ‘Capture the Flag.’

It was a great way to burn off some energy whilst enjoying the great outdoors: running round the woods, hiding in the buildings, trenches and camouflage areas shooting each other (but with the added bonus of no pain or paint splatter to contend with).

Some unexpected young ‘commanders’ came to the fore, organizing their team with much shouting and encouragement – a healthy rivalry in a fun afternoon’s entertainment. An hour and a half later, some very hot weary Beavers returned home after ‘their best trip yet!’

Highlights from Beavers Autumn Term 2017

Following a successful Remembrance Day Parade, with almost all beavers attended the service in a dry Memorial Gardens, the Beavers went on a well earned to Esher Fire station. Not only did the Beavers learn about the crews being split into teams (similar to our Lodges) but they also got to asked all those ‘burning’ questions and have a go with the hose pipe. Rest assured this was a hit with both Beavers, Leaders and those parent helpers able to lend a hand on the day!