Beavers Badges & Awards

Beavers Badges and Awards

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Even though the emphasis is on a Programme that is balanced with a variety of activities, there are still badges and awards for Beaver Scouts to aim for during their time with the Colony. Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level.

The Membership Award
This Award helps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the Promise and become a Member of the Movement. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.

Joining In Awards
The Joining In Awards recognise a commitment to Scouting. They celebrate Beaver Scouts participating in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.

The Challenges complement the Balanced Programme. These have been developed to extend Beaver Scouts’ skills and experience in a particular area. There are six Challenges in the Beaver Scout Section:

Outdoor Challenge

Friendship Challenge

Promise Challenge

Fitness Challenge

Creative Challenge

Global Challenge

Activity Badges
Activity Badges are optional, but they provide an opportunity to reward a young person who has taken part in an activity over a period of time. They should raise interest and extend a young person’s skills throughout their time in Scouting. There are 12 Beaver Scout Activity Badges:


Air Activities

Animal Friend





Health & Fitness Healthy Eating Hobbies Imagination Safety

Staged Activity Badges

In addition to the Beaver Scout Activity Badges, there are six Activity Badges staged across all the Sections, which gives a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6 – 18. They are:

Emergency Aid

Hikes Away

Information Technology

Musician Nights Away Swimmer

Partnership Awards

Partnership Awards are designed to encourage Sections to work together, and for Scouts to work with other young people in their community. There are three Partnership Awards

The International Friendship Award

The Environment Award

The Faith Award

Chief Scout’s Bronze Award

This badge is the highest award available in the Beaver Scout Section. It is gained by completing

Creative Challenge Fitness Challenge Friendship Challeng

Global Challenge Outdoor Challenge Promise Challenge

The Chief Scout’s Bronze Award can be worn on the Cub Scout Uniform once they move onto


The Moving-On Award

This helps ease the transfer of a Beaver Scout to the Cub Scout Pack. It also allows the Beaver Scout to be invested into the Pack immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.

Beaver Scout Sleepovers
Sleepovers give young people their first experience of a night away from home without their parents/carers. They are intended to plant a ‘seed’, which then grows as the young person moves through the Sections. Leaders have to be specially trained before they may take young people away, so you know they will always be in safe hands.  Sleepovers in the Beaver Scout Section must be indoors and must not exceed 24 hours. They provide an excellent opportunity for young people to try out activities that are not possible at the regular Colony Meeting. As you might imagine, the whole atmosphere of living together even for a short while as a Colony is very special for the young people involved.

Beaver Scouting…it’s just the start!
While a young person is in Beavers they will have fun, make friends and get to do exciting activities that they wouldn’t get to do anywhere else. But this is just the start! Beavers is the first step in Scouting for future development as individuals and Scouts. It will seem that they have only just started before it will be time to ‘swim up’ to Cubs!

Beavers on-line
Beaver Scouts have their own colourful pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can

find out information, play games, puzzles and quizzes. Find out more at:

Resources for Beaver Scouts
Beaver Scouts have their own special handbook called The Beaver Scout Logbook. It is a Beaver Scout’s guide to the programme and has lots of space for them to colour things in, draw and learn about Scouting.