1st Nanjing Scouts

Join 1st Nanjing Scouts Group

For more information contact email: caroline.shephard@bsn.org.cn

Beaver Scouts are boys and girls usually aged between six and eight years old (Years 1 & 2). They belong to the first and youngest section in the Scouting family. Cub Scouts, are boys and girls aged from eight to ten (Years 3, 4 & 5).
The Beaver and Cub colony meets at The British School of Nanjing as part of the enrichment programme during the school day.

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The programme offers a variety and range of skills and interests. Scouts are given opportunities to:
  • Help others. Beaver and Cub Scouts understand helping others, though it is usually something they do at home. Incorporating this method into your programme will make them realise that there are many ways to help other people.
  • Go on visits. This allows Beaver and Cub Scouts to expand their horizon by doing something different, either during the weekly meeting or at a weekend.
  • Play games. Games are always a useful way to explore Programme Zones, and many can be adapted to suit a theme, zone or activity. 
  • Make things. This covers anything from simple drawing to making large items, and includes cooking and using technology in different ways.
  • Meet new people. Beaver and Cub Scouts can broaden their minds by meeting new people and finding out about what they do in their community and how they live.
  • Act, sing and make music. This method is good for using a Beaver and Cub Scout's imagination, and it can also provide opportunities for group work.
  • Listen to stories. Storytelling is a wonderful way of communicating to children and sharing experiences. It also helps develop listening skills and encourages creative imagination.
  • Chat. Many leaders think their Beaver and Cub Scouts chat too much! Used correctly though, it can help them to reinforce the experiences that Scouting provides.
  • Follow themes. Beavers have vivid imaginations, and themes are a powerful way to capture their interest and make the programme attractive and enjoyable.
  • Go outdoors. The great outdoors is a core part of the programme for all Scout sections. Taking part in activities and games outdoors encourages Beaver and Cub Scouts to appreciate the wonders of the natural world and let off steam.
  • Badges and awards.There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Beaver and Cub Scout sections:
  1. Activity badges. Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Beaver and Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
  2. Challenge badges. Gaining a challenge badge involves 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.
  3. Core badges. Core badges are obtained upon joining or moving on from the Colony, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.