Beaver Section News

Group Jubilee Camp – The Croft Campsite – June 2022

We set up some of the tents for Cubs and dining room shelter on the Thursday evening.

Setting up the Scout Patrol Tents.

On Friday evening the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived at the campsite ready for a weekend of fun, activities and adventure.

The Beavers arrived at 9am ready for the activities and after flag break – all sections were split into different groups.

Soft Archery activity.

Activities were: kayaking, soft archery, art & crafts, tomahawk throwing, fire by friction, air rifle shooting and circus skills.

Kayaking on The River Stour.

In the evening we held a camp fire with Jo Waring leading the songs and afterwards – they toasted marsh mellows on the fire.

Ready for bed!

The weekend finished with Scouts Own Service, investiture of new Cubs and 10 year’s Long Service Award to Liz Moulton, Woodbadge Certificate to Eddie Gordon and flag break.

Liz being awarded her 10 Year’s Long Service Award.

Thanks go to Helen Foster (chair) and her team for cooking the meals, Acton Scout Leaders for running the tomahawk throwing and 44th Colchester Scout Leaders for running the Fire by Friction and Tony Waring for organising the Group Camp and the Leaders Team.

The weekend was a great success and blessed with sunshine.

Paul, Callum, Eddie, Nigel, Ian, Jo,
Phil, Claire, Lisa, Steve, Phoebe & Tony


New Beaver Leaders Invested

Phoebe & Steven being invested into the Scout Group as Section Leaders for the Beaver Colony.

Tony Waring (GSL) invested Phoebe Piper and Steve Tanner into the Scout Group as new Section Leaders for the Beaver Colony on Wednesday 25th May 2022 watched by the rest of the Beaver Colony.

Steve, Callum & Phoebe with the section parade flag in the SHQ Grounds.

Easter Activity Afternoon – April 2022

Beavers & Cubs met together for a joint event on Sunday 10th April 2022 for an afternoon of fun activities.

Soft Archery activity.

These included an Easter challenge trail where everyone received chocolate eggs upon completion of the trail, Easter themed craft where participants made amazing cards for their loved ones, Soft Archery and Elastic Band Guns in our two setup ranges, hitting lots of targets and scoring points.

Toasting marsh mellows on the camp fire.

Followed by a Campfire, where we all came together to roast marsh mallows and make smores!

A fantastic afternoon, all the young people and Leaders thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Beaver & Cub Leaders

Sudbury Policeman Visit

Beavers were lucky to have PC Marshall from Sudbury Police Station visit us one evening.

Beavers with PC Marshall and his car in the SHQ Grounds.

We were shown:

What a Police Officer carries as well as how to identify an Officer.

The different services when you call 999.

We looked at a Police Car and it’s sirens/lights!

As well as making a fingerprint keyring and trying on some Police Uniform.

The Beavers loved it! Thanks to PC Marshall.

Callum Byrne (BSL), Phoebe Piper (ABL) & Steve Tanner (ABL)

Awesome Beaver Award

Congratulations to three Beavers for earning a Awesome Beaver Award at the 1st Bures Scout Groups AGM & Awards Evening.
FrankDominic and Rose you should be very proud of yourselves, keep up the good work!!
Callum Byrne (BSL), Tony Waring (GSL)

Beavers September Half Term Activities

We started back after an enjoyable Summer Holidays by firstly welcoming seven new Beavers to our Colony by inviting them to join us on a Hike from Arger Fen back to our Scout Hut in Bures. We brought along a snack and visited the Bures Dragon along the way too!

Stopping off to see the Bures Dragon at St Edmunds Chapel.

We designed a new Behaviour Code and played some games using our brand new Parachute!

Parachute games in the SHQ Grounds.

We learnt about the Green Cross Code which followed by a Village Challenge where we split into groups to answer some questions around the Village as well as finding a few local artefacts and taking a team photo, Water Pump, Wooden Elephant and Pillbox!

We also learnt about a range of Animals and one of our Beaver Leaders Steve brought in his Gecko for us all to see and say Hello too!

Gecko being viewed by the Beavers.

We started some work on our Space Activity Badge where we designed our own Planets, watched a video about the interesting Falcon Heavy space missions and also played some exciting games to help us learn all 8 of the Planets in our solar system!

Halloween Fun Party at Beavers in October.

We then finished before our Half Term break with a Halloween Party, where all the Beavers dressed up and looked amazing!! Played some games; Doughnut eating, apple bobbing, sweets in icing and musical statues with lots of cool dance moves!

Callum Byrne (BSL), Phoebe Piper (ABL), Steve Tanner (ABL), Emily Waudby (YL) & Keira Waring (YL)

Investiture of new Beavers

A big Well Done to all Seven New Beaver Scouts who were invested into 1st Bures Beaver Colony on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. 

Beaves being Invested by Callum into the Colony.

Welcome James, Chloe, Hannah, Lola, Tabitha, Gethin and Erin who all made their Beaver Promise and looked very smart in their Uniforms.
Callum Byrne (BSL), Phoebe Piper (ABL), Steve Tanner (ABL) 

Fun Day – August 2021

We held an Activity Afternoon on Saturday 14th August for our Beavers to come and get stuck into some exciting activities.

Cooking marsh mellows around the camp fire.

We took part in Soft Archery – where we all smashed it and hit our targets! Even on the Bullseye several times! (10 Points).

Fire Lighting where we discussed what 3 things a Fire needed to start and then all started a fire using Matches and Strikers.

As well as a Craft base where we weaved lots of colourful Baskets!

We all then had an ice cream and finished the afternoon with lots of happy Beavers and Leaders!

Callum Byrne (BL), Phoebe Piper (ABL) & Eddie Gordon (ASL)

Summer Fun 2021

Beavers returned to Face to Face Scouting in April to a Fun packed term!

Our first meeting we had a Campfire with Songs and Marshmallows, we welcomed our new-ish Beavers to our Colony. This was the first time we had met in person!


We then started our Gardening Badge where we learnt all the tools for gardening as well as how plants actually grow! We then planted three seeds, Sunflower; Peas & Tomato’s and watched these grow over 8 weeks to achieve our badge.


We had a mini-beast hunt and learnt knots as well as a Map-Symbol Hunt around our Campsite area.


The Beavers were amazing at matching up the map symbols to the places as well as decoding a secret message when they found each symbol.

We spent two weeks learning about the Disability Awareness Badge, of which we played games specially designed for those who had a disability, learnt about all the different types of disabilities there are as well as a fun blind string trail around our campsite, simulating how being blind would feel like as well as showing the importance of teamwork and how we can support those around us with a Disability.

During the half term the Beavers worked towards their Health & Fitness Badge, of which they covered types of healthy and unhealthy foods, designed a poster and monitored everything they ate over the week. We met together the following week to talk over what they had learnt as well as completing the physical part of the badge where we did some skipping, hula-hooping, throwing, team relays/races and water games.

We had an amazing visit from Cathy Platt (First Responder) who covered the Emergency Aid Badge Stage 1 – this consisted of: the importance of getting help, what to say when you call 999, helping someone who is unconscious, helping someone who is bleeding and reassuring someone at the scene of an emergency. The Beavers loved finding out all this information and most importantly how to put someone in the recovery position and playing around with bandagesThank you Cathy for a fun exciting session!

We had an evening designing and building Vegetable Cars! A first for everyone involved! The finished Cars where amazing, the Beavers were very proud. Thank you Ian Woodman (ASL) for your help!

As well as an evening completing the Communicator Activity Badge, where we learnt how to send an email or text message, how to spell your name in Morse Code and Semaphore as well as decoding messages using these types of communication as well. The Beavers were set with the challenge of learning their phone number over the summer holidays.

Our last meeting before breaking for the Summer Holiday we played lots of Water Games, run by Eddie Gordon (ASL). Everyone had lots of fun throwing water balloons, spraying water and running relay races. We finished with an ice cream and badge presentation. Thank you Eddie for a great evening.

Callum Byrne (BL) & Phoebe Piper (ABL)

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls