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FAQs

Basic Information about Scouting

Starting in beavers

Parent Rota

Uniform

Meetings

Benefits of Scouting

General topics about Beavers

Badges

New to Beavers or moving between Sections or Groups

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Basic information about scouting

What is a Scout Group?

A Scout Group serves a geographic area of the District. 1st Cookham Scout Group serves Cookham, Cookham Dean and Cookham Rise and surrounding areas. A Scout Group typically includes Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

What is a Colony?

A Colony is the term used to describe the Beaver Scout section of a Scout Group. A Scout Group may have more than one Colony. 1st Cookham Scout Group has 2 Beaver Colonies: Cree River Colony that meet on a Monday night, and Red River Colony that meet on a Tuesday night.

What is a Lodge?

Each Colony is sub-divided into Lodges, typically there are 6 Beaver Scouts in a Lodge. The lodges are named different colours, and these colours are reflected the colour of the woggle given to each Beaver. From time to time, Beavers will swap Lodges to balance the numbers up.

What Does the Scarf (or Necker) signify?

Each Scout Group has a unique scarf (also known as a necker) and so the necker helps to identify which Scout Group a beaver belongs to. The 1st Cookham Scout Group necker is royal blue with a white border and has a Swan badge on it with three lines, signifying the three ‘Cookhams’.

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Starting in beavers

Introduction to beavers

1stCookham Beavers currently run 2 Colonies; Cree River and Red River. There are a maximum of 24 boys and girls in each Colony due to the limited number of adult helpers we have. We are always looking for more adult helpers, whether Uniformed Leaders or Group Assistants. Over the winter, Beavers meet at the Scout Hut and in the summer Beavers meet at Formosa field, but Beavers are outside as often as possible, even in the winter.

Parents are DBSchecked and must volunteer to help for at least 3 hours per year. (Yes, that is the minimum, and many volunteer more of their time). Typically, parents will be on the Helpers rota, though new parents go to the end of the rota so that they can stay and help the new Beavers settle, if needed. Some parents cannot make the Beaver meetings due to work commitments, and volunteer to help with our main fundraising events the Summer Fair and the Firework Display which we hold once each year.

Beavers have a wide and varied program of activities which are usually themed with several components to each meeting to ensure they are always active and fully engaged. These activities include different sports, creative crafts, many different games, daytime and night-time hikes, visits to local attractions, demonstrations from visiting experts, plus St. George’s Day parade and activities, and the occasional church parade and on top of all this we also try to make time for Beavers to present their own badge-work. All of the activities count towards the Beavers being awarded various badges of which they are rightly proud.

Beavers choose a charity and raise funds each year for that charity. It is typically a charity that the children can engage with fully, e.g. Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the charity will often join us one evening to show how the money raised will help others.

There is a waiting list for places in 1st Cookham Beavers as places can only be allocated once a place becomes available and once a child is old enough to join. We accept children of any age on to the waiting list. If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list then please send us your child’s name, dateof birth and full contact details for yourself, e.g. home and work email and phone details. Beavers join us at New Year, after Easter and at the start of the school year in September. Places only become available when beavers move up to Cubs, so while we do ask for a preference, we cannot guarantee a place at any particular night. However, as Beavers is all about making new friends, and as all local schools are usually represented at each Colony, we know your child will soon settle in to whichever night is allocated.

Can my child start Beavers straight away?

Sadly, probably not as we have a waiting list for places. Places are allocated according to the following criteria: (1) The children of Leaders, (2) date joining the waiting list and (3) preference for the available evening. The only way of jumping up the waiting list is to complete the brief online training and become an active Leader, and be flexible about which evening your child can attend. Because of this we encourage all parents to put their children on the waiting list as soon as possible, especially siblings of current Beavers and Cubs. Beavers are usually aged between 6 and 8 years old, but we can be a little flexible with the age range. Beavers will move to Cubs between age 7½ and 8½, once they are ready and a Cub place is available. We always welcome any help from parents. With more adult help our waiting lists for young people would be shorter and more young people will be able to experience the adventure of Scouting.

What do I need to do to put my child on the Waiting List?

Simply email beavers@ Cookham Scouts.org with your child’s name, date of birth and your name and full contact details. We will reply to confirm your child has been added, give a likely start date and also request any other information we need.

If I do not get a place at 1st Cookham, what are my options?

There are several other Colonies close by, in the Maidenhead area, and we can coordinate getting a place with any of these to ensure your child does not miss out on Scouting. If you wish to wait until a place becomes available at 1st Cookham, then you can stay on the waiting list as long as it takes. The worst case would be that a place does not become available until your child is old enough to join Cubs. As Cubs has more places available, your child is likely to get a place at 1st Cookham Cubs once he or she is old enough if he or she has been on the waiting list for some time.

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Parent Rota

What do I have to do when it is my turn on the Parent Helper’s Rota?

The parent rota is there to ensure there is sufficient help for the Leaders who are running the evening. That could mean tying the odd shoe lace if the beavers are racing around, getting water from the kitchen if they need a drink, helping with cutting out and finding the desired colours if the beavers are doing crafts, or just generally ensuring the beavers understand what they are going to do and what the rules are, then helping supervise the rules. You do not need to prepare anything and you will not be leading the evening. However, we do need the parent helpers because if one child needs a drink and another needs their shoe-lace tying, then the 2 Uniformed Leaders are then both fully occupied with 2 children and the remaining 22 Beavers are unsupervised. To ensure children are appropriately supervised The Scout Association require there are no less than one adult per 8 beavers at any beaver meeting.

I cannot make my allocated slot on the Parent Helper’s Rota, what should I do?

We run two closed and secure Facebook Groups for parents, one for the parents of each Beaver Colony, which is used in conjunction with our email account for sending information out to parents and through which parents can swap dates on the rota, arrange car shares, and generally keep up with what the beavers are up to.

I don’t have time to help on the Parent Helper’s Rota, what should I do?

There are plenty of other ways that parents can help, even if they cannot physically be present at the beaver meetings. Beavers requires a fair amount of admin which is carried out by Parent Helpers, and there are voluntary roles within the 1st Cookham Scour Group that you can easily fit around a hectic life. The Sumer Fair and Firework Display also provide plenty of fully flexible administration opportunities for doing your bit and helping the 1st Cookham Scout Group that your child benefits from.

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Uniform

What is the uniform when in the Scout Hut?

When Beavers meet at the Scout Hut on Pearce Drive (SL6 9TE), Beavers wear a light blue Beaver Sweatshirt, which is all you need to buy. The Beavers Sweatshirt can be bought from Maidenhead Scout Shop. The shop is open from 7.00pm to 8.45pm during term time on Thursdays only. The Maidenhead Scout Shop is at 19th Maidenhead Scout Hut, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. We provide you with a neck scarf and woggle, plus numerous badges (and instructions identifying where they need to be sewed on). Any dark blue trousers or shorts and appropriate footwear (trainers) are fine. We will also give you your first 1st Cookham t-shirt which can be worn under the sweat shirt.

What is the uniform when at Formosa?

The summer uniform when beavers meet at Formosa Meadow, Mill Lane (SL6 9QT) is just the 1st Cookham t-shirt, no sweat shirt (as it will get dirty and we are happy to save you some laundry) and no necker / scarf and woggle (as they will get lost and we cannot replace them free of charge). Dark Blue trousers or shorts and maybe a coat is needed, and appropriate footwear, typically trainers (or boots, if wet). If it is raining, we will usually still meet at Formosa and spend the evening doing the activities under the tarpaulins mounted in the trees to give us plenty of shelter from the rain. The children love this.

What is the uniform when Beavers are not at the Scout Hut or Formosa?

For events when we are not at our normal meeting venue, the required dress code will be sent out well in advance together with the consent form. For “smart” uniform for visits to external sites, Church Parade etc., then school trousers and shoes together with the blue sweatshirt and 1st Cookham necker / scarf are fine. If we are doing different activities, the dress code will vary, but you will be informed of what is required in plenty of time and we would not require any beaver to have specialist clothing they are unlikely to wear again. A Leader will ask them some simple questions about the badge work for a few minutes (if time allows) and the badge will be awarded at a later date. Unless there is a special activity planned, they do not need to bring any toys to play. Neither do they need to bring anything to show their friends unless it is directly connected to a beaver badge. There simply is not any time during the meeting for “free time”.

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Meetings

When do Beavers meet?

Both Colonies meet between 6:15pm and 7:15pm. Children need to be there for 6:15, and collected at 7:15. Parents typically arrive before 7:15 as badges are awarded and noticed given out at the end of the meeting. You cannot leave your child unsupervised or with only one Uniformed Leader present at any time, at any venue. If you simply have to be in two places at once, please arrange to share the drop off/collection with other parents via the Facebook page. Leaders may be at the venue at any time arranging the evening’s activities. They are not free to look after Children for ‘just a few minutes’ before or after the meeting.

Do I need to tell the Leaders if my child cannot make a meeting?

No, unless it is something for which we are having to make a payment for each beaver to attend. Most meetings are led by our volunteer Leaders, and it is your responsibility to bring your beaver to the meeting and collect them afterwards. We take a register at each meeting to know who has completed the activities which all go towards various badges. If there is a reason why your child cannot make a few meetings in a row, then do please let us know, but we will keep your child’s place open for them until we have spoken to you.

I am struggling to make the meeting times, can I drop my child earlier or collect them later?

No. Leaders are not allowed to be with children without another Leader being present. Please coordinate with other parents who are more than happy to car share. If you are arriving late, please make sure your child gets safely to the meeting and tell a Leader that your child has arrived and the register is updated accordingly. If we do not know they are present we cannot guarantee their safety.

Does my child have to attend every meeting?

No, missing the odd meeting for school events etc. is usually not a problem and will not stop them achieving the Bronze Award before moving up to Cubs. If meetings are missed more often, then there may be ways for your child to catch up on missed activities and complete badges at home to ensure they can still achieve the Bronze Award.

Why do I need to sign a consent form for some activities?

Activities off site may have a slightly higher risk to those Beavers with a medical condition, or may be in unfamiliar places where Beavers do not settle. For this reason we ask for a consent form to be brought along with your child. This simply allows you to note any special medical conditions we need to be aware of, provides us with your contact details for this evening only and gives you any special instructions for the event, e.g. bring a warm coat as outside meetings will be held outside whatever the weather.

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Benefits of Scouting

How can my child benefit from joining Scouts?

In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.

As your child progresses through beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers, you should be able to see signs of the impact their scouting adventure has on them.

Parents tell us scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.

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General topics about Beavers

What is the age range for Beavers?

Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between ages 7½ and 8½. A District Commissioner may also permit a young person to be in a Section outside of the recommended age range, for example due to a young person’s additional needs and/or disability.

What is a Beaver Colony?

The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. A Beaver Colony may be organised into smaller groups called Lodges. Lodges can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Beaver Scout Colony. They may provide a ‘home’ area for beaver scouts to gather before, during or after the Colony meeting.

What are the main benefits of being a Beaver?

Beaver Scouts enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, exploring their local community and experiencing the excitement of a beaver scout sleepover with their friends.

What are the main Beaver Scout activities?

During their time in the Colony, beaver scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on sleepovers. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a range of challenge awards and badges available that beaver scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements.

Do Beavers go to Camps?

Given the young age of beavers we do not take them on an overnight camp or beaver sleepover, until they are almost ready to move up to Cubs. Older Beavers are invited to the Sleepover and they may also get an invite to go to Cub Camp for part of a day to take part in the range of outdoor activities that Cubs are doing at camp that year. Details and invitations will be given out when Beavers are old enough.

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Badges

What badges and awards are available to young people in the Beaver Scout Section?

There are a number of different types of badges:

Activity badges – allow beaver scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.

Challenge badges – involve accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Colony or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the scouting world.

Core badges – these are obtained upon joining or moving on from the Colony or for time spent in the scouting movement.

Activity packs – some activity badges are sponsored by outside companies, and these companies often provide extra exciting resource packs to help beaver scouts towards gaining their badges.

Typically, the Activity badges can be worked on at home – a great idea for wet weekend and school holidays – while the Challenge badges are worked on in the beaver meetings. These are general rules and we do some Activity badges in the meetings, but not all.

Where do I find the requirements for the various badges?

These are all available on the main Beavers website: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=11,18

Where should badges or awards be sewn on to my child’s Beaver Scout uniform?

Please view the diagram:

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New to Beavers or moving between Sections or Groups

We are moving to Cookham, can I transfer my child from their current Beaver Scout Group?

This may well be possible. Firstly, you will need to tell your child’s current Group that you are leaving the area and moving to Cookham. Then contact 1st Cookham Beavers directly or call the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 and they will be able to put you in touch with someone in our District.

My child is moving up to Cubs; what do I need to do to help them prepare?

When the time comes to move up to Cubs, a young person can have mixed feelings: excitement at moving on, sadness at leaving friends behind. Making the transition as smooth as possible goes a long way to helping your child settle into their new section.

First of all he or she will automatically be moved to the appropriate Cubs group when your child is old enough. You do not need to go on a Waiting List for Cubs. Monday night Beavers join Wednesday Cubs and Tuesday night Beavers join Thursday Cubs. This ensures that your child has friends in cubs already when they move up. This is also a good opportunity to arrange sharing transport to and from meetings. The meeting times are different for cubs and while the Scout Hut and Formosa are still used, there are other places that Cubs may meet.

What happens at Investiture?

New Beavers are invested and make their Promise soon after they join the group, typically 4 weeks or so, once we know they are settled and happy to continue at Beavers. For the Investiture, the group and its Leaders stand in a circle, the BeaverLeader stands next to the new Beaver and explains that he or she is going to become a beaver. Everyone makes the Scout sign and says the Beaver Promise together – new beavers do not say theBeaver Promise on their own but they should learn it so that they can say it along with all the other Beavers.

Then the Beaver Leader welcomes the new Beaver into the group and the worldwide family of scouts. The new Beaver receives their world membership badge, county and district badges, group scarf, woggle and the group name tape. A welcoming handshake is offered by the Beaver Leader, the Scout left handshake should be used. Your child may need to practice the left handed handshake as well as the Beaver Promise. All in the family are welcome to see the Investiture and you are very welcome to take photographs of your child being invested. We encourage you to move to a position where you can clearly see your child being invested and if you happen to miss the handshake photograph, we can do it again to make sure you do not miss the start of your child’s Scouting life.

What is the Beaver Scout Promise?

The Promise is a simple way to help young people and adults keep the Fundamentals of Scouting in mind. The Promise is the oath taken by all Members as they commit to sharing the values of Scouting. It is therefore vital that every Member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting, even Beavers. The Beavers promise is shown here:

http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/2659/promise-and-motto

What information should I give the leader about my child?

When a place has been offered at Beavers, you will be asked to give some emergency information to make sure we can keep your child safe. It includes details of all medical conditions, allergies etc. which the Leader needs to be aware of and full contact details for all parents/carers so we can reach you if we need to. Please remember to tell the Leader if there any changes, for example if your child starts taking medication or develops an allergy.

Shortly after your beaver joins you will be asked to sign in to a secure part of our website to check the basic details we are holding are correct and provide further contact, medical and other details you would like us to hold to minimise the information we need to request in the permissions form for events away from the normal meeting places or overnight.

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How much does it cost to send my child to Beaver Scouts?

The current subs are £20.25 per quarter and are collected by direct debit. Details including a direct debit mandate will be emailed to you shortly after you beaver joins. We ask you to complete and return this form to our subs administrator. Trips, camps and activities may charged separately, but not normally for Beavers unless it involves significant costs per child. Generally these costs would be subsidised. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to one of our Leaders in confidence.

Will my child be insured when on Beaver activities?

Yes. All Members of scout groups are covered under the Scout Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.

Are the backgrounds of all adult leaders/helpers checked?

Yes, all adults are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ) checks, which was formerly known as CRB. This includes all Adult Leaders, Group Executive members, Sectional Assistants and Parent Helpers.

Are you compliant with the Data Protection Act?

Yes. By indicating your agreement and signing the relevant registration form you are giving 1st Cookham Scout Group your permission to store information about you and your child including any medical information that you tell us about on the registration form.

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