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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!

Review 2016-17: Beavers

Ian Broderick

Who would be a beaver leader?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to exhaust, enthral, entertain, expose to new skills and improve the self-confidence of a small child for a few hours every week. You have to think of a new activity every week. It must be fun and have a tenuous link to the badges that will be awarded at the end of the term. It sounds like Mission Impossible but with a dedicated beaver leader team at 1st Hinchley Wood we think we’ve achieved it ……again!

24 exhausted beavers returned to their parents after the adventure course at Walton Firs, a tennis taster session at Court Care Centre, football games with Gareth from Chelsea FC community outreach programme. All this on top of our weekly regular “burn some energy” games like knights and dragons, run around, ladders and jump the river.

The beavers were enthralled by the insects found at our pond dipping session at Esher Common and the new residents colonising the bug hotel they built in the green space at HQ.

They were entertained and enthralled by our visitors this year, including a Royal Marines veteran talking about Remembrance celebrations, a Gold medal winner from the junior Paralympics who brought his medal for the beavers to see and touch (Souleyman Bah, 100m, visual impairment) and a lady discussing self confidence issues for young people. We had a great welcome from the RNLI at Teddington and got to sit in their boats and try on their kit while learning about water safety.

Scouting gives young people the opportunity to take part in a huge range of activities and see if they like it – without buying all the kit. Beavers tried fencing for the first time, with others getting a chance to try tennis or ride a bicycle. Who knows what interests this will spark?

A little bit of education was slipped in with the beavers learning all about carbon dioxide and some first aid training from St John’s Ambulance.

For me the highlights of the year were our air activities badge evening on which we built planes out of cardboard boxes and held “Wacky Races“ -style competitions in the HQ. The beavers had a fantastic time and really entered into the spirit of the game. We also took them on a hike to the pound shop in Surbiton. Each had £3 to buy three presents for three special people in their lives. It was very interesting to see the care and thought that went into choosing the presents – and the recipients.

1st Hinchley Wood Beavers won the District Cross Country Run (defeating The Dittons – winners for the previous 11 years). In June they took their favourite tepee to Walton Firs for the District Camp and had a super time with the rest of the Group.

All of the above meant that the following badges could be awarded: Teamwork Challenge, Adventure Challenge, Discovery Challenge, Skills Challenge and Outdoor Challenge, along with the Cyclist, Hobby, Air Activities, Global Issues, Sport, Camp Craft, Emergency Aid and Hikes Away Badges.

Four Beavers achieved their Chief Scout Bronze Awards. Magnificent effort!!

I’ve probably missed out as many activities as I’ve listed but I was told to keep this short. None of this could have occurred without the leaders and volunteers to help make it possible . Thanks to the Beaver Leader team of Heidi Smith, Samantha Emmerson, Wendy Vincze, our new parent rep Emma Willson, not forgetting the weekly parent helpers and also Colony Administrator Sarah Chan.

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Busy Beavers in October!

1st Hinchley Wood Beavers have had a busy start to the autumn term. They have completed their cycling badge, had a visit from the Chelsea Foundation and spent an evening cooking international food: sushi, samosas, cheesecake and tiramisu. All was made and tasted by the Beavers!

Review 2015-16: Beavers

Leadership Team
What a year for 1st Hinchley Wood Beavers!

Normally when writing the annual report we think of the badges awarded and then can remember the activities we enjoyed to achieve these badges. As the scout movement have decided to revamp the provision of badges I’ll just have to try and remember as best I can. Any omissions and errors are down to me.

This year the beavers were asked to use their brains, learn the theory of map reading and put it into practice by not getting lost in a trek in the woods. They also did some eggsperiments – blowing, throwing and showing the strength of eggs. They also had to design an apparatus to move eggs 5 metres without touching the ground or breaking using recyclable waste and junk modelling materials.

They learnt about disability and how much more difficult life can be for children with disabilities by visiting the Dysart school for children with profound learning difficulties. The staff members were extremely welcoming and stayed after work to allow the beavers to experience their mucky science lessons, interactive floor projection room, safe play area and physical therapy room. The beavers wanted all schools to be kitted out this well! The school had a garden area which wasn’t very exciting so we decided to see if we could help to improve this area by planting a sensory garden, decorating the existing containers and designing, painting and erecting a mural to add some colour to the space. The colony bought lots of nautical-themed wooden shapes and the beavers painted and decorated these. We then revisited the school with drills, screwdrivers and Dads and mounted all their hard work. The advantage of the shapes, with their tactile nature, was to make them accessible to children with visual impairment. When the beavers had finished the teachers came to have a look and immediately burst into tears at the transformation – if they didn’t like it they only had to say!!

As part of our disability badge, local father Alex Smith came to talk to us about the modifications he had to make to his life after he found out that his son, Harrison, had Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. Alex also told the beavers about his recent world record attempt where he completed an Ironman pulling and pushing Harrison with him. Some of the parents may have seen him in the recent Documentary ‘My Ironman Dad’

Burns night was celebrated by Scottish dancing and eating haggis. We had two expert dancers come and show us how to do a Scottish dance in complete traditional highland dress. We can’t say that the beavers were excellent at Scottish dancing but they certainly gave it a go.

The explorers who had gone to the world jamboree in Japan came back to tell us of their adventure complete with kimono for dressing up and practicing kung fu kicks.

Of course we also had the old stalwarts – cooking pancakes , District cross-country , Remembrance Day , Esher fire station visit , beavers Fun Day, Mothers Day, Father’s Day – and of course Group Camp at Walton Firs. No wonder the District Commissioner was called in to present lots of Chief Scout Bronze Awards over the course of the year.

None of this could take place without Leaders and volunteers to help make it possible. The Beaver leader team of Heidi Smith, Samantha Emmerson and Wendy Vincze, headed up by Ian Broderick, has welcomed new leader Deepa Solanki. Since last year Gill Wills and Fiona Smales have moved to other sections to help out there.

Another parent is needed to help long-serving rep Katie Sweeting. Although we have appealed for new parent reps none have come forward. The role is mainly an administrative & organisational one passing on information between leaders and parents, ensuring parent volunteers are in place and returning lost property. Can you help the beavers?

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