After at least four meetings the new Beaver can be invested into the worldwide Scouting movement before parents (and siblings!)
To be invested, new Beavers make the Beaver Promise before the rest of the Colony, and will have shown they have taken part in Beaver activities to be awarded the Membership Badge.
This Membership Award handbook will help the Beaver to Be Prepared!
At the Promise Ceremony we begin with all of the Beavers in the Colony in a circle and saying the Promise together. Your child will not have to say anything on his own. After this we will invest your child as a Beaver Scout by putting on their new Group scarf and woggle and presenting them with their badges and certificate. Then they will be welcomed into the Scouting family with a Scout left handshake. You are welcome to bring a camera and take pictures.
We do hope your child will be excited, not worried. If you would like to help prepare for the ceremony by explaining what the promise means please feel free. The Beaver Promise is very simple, and goes like this. I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love God.
Information about becoming a member of the Scout Association and a Beaver can be found in a parent’s guide. Your child will also need the Beaver uniform of
– Regulation turquoise polo shirt (or any plain blue or white t-shirt)
– Regulation turquoise sweatshirt
– Regulation navy activity trousers or plain navy jogging bottoms (winter)
– Regulation navy activity shorts or plain navy shorts (summer)
These can be obtained from Kevins – 104 Marsh Road, Pinner – 020 8866 7208; John Lewis, Watford; Chorleywood Sports Shop; Complete Outdoors in Bourne End (www.outdoors.ltd.uk); or by mail order on 01903 766921. There is also a Scout shop in South Oxhey run by volunteers = please ring 07946 178440 to check opening times and stock availability – or online via www.scouts.org..uk/shop.
At your child’s formal investiture, we will supply the Croxley Scout Group scarf and some badges, and the book shows where they go – happy sewing! Trainers are suitable for meetings but for formal occasions such as parades or ceremonies s/he should wear polished black shoes.
Please ensure that all items are clearly named. The children often take off their sweatshirts and scarves when they get hot and they are easily mislaid or taken home by another child. We often have a problem in winter with un-named coats being left behind – if you leave it you may not be able to get it back until a few days later.
As a Beaver, we hope you and your son will take part in many new activities and experience many new adventures. Along the way, we hope you both have lots of fun! Beavers can work towards lots of badges that are listed in the book. If your child thinks they’ve done something to pass or go towards a badge – like getting a certificate from school – feel free to let us know.
Because we have a long waiting list for new Beavers, we now operate a two week-no show rule. If your child doesn’t attend for two consecutive weeks without letting us know, we will contact you with a view to giving their place to someone else.
The Scout Association takes child safety very seriously. Please make sure you have our contact details, and that you keep us advised of anything about your child we should know about such as dietary or medical requirements. By signing your child’s application form you give us permission to take your son on local trips around Croxley or local Scout campsites; for any more adventurous activities we would ask for more specific permission.
If you have any special skills or expertise that can be shared with Beavers – or know anyone else who does – please let us know as we’re always after ideas for new programmes!
Finally – once your son is invested, he will become eligible for annual subscriptions to the Scout Association. You will be contacted by the Group Treasurer in due course, who can also contact payment in confidence should the need arise.
Please feel free to talk to your section Leaders if you have any questions or concerns.