At 3rd Alton we have two Beaver Colonies who meet during school term times to have fun and make friends, whilst earning badges through doing activities and learning new skills. We usually have between 20-24 Beavers each week aged approx 6-8yrs in each colony. The Beavers in each Colony are split into four smaller groups called “Lodges” for some activities and team games. Kestrel Colony has Red, Green, Blue and Yellow lodges. The lodges in Woodside Colony are named after local woodlands and Beavers wear corresponding woggles - Ackender (red), Amery (yellow), Hawkins (black) and Chawton (white). Where Lodge Leaders are nominated, they wear an additional woggle and can earn leadership stripes by taking additional responsibilities.

The Colonies do lots of different activities including indoor and outdoor team games and challenges, arts & crafts, hikes, campfires and sleepovers. We regularly participate in events with other Beaver groups in the area, such as Skittles, Curling, Highland Games and a Christmas party. All these activities go towards completing a range of badges. The two Colonies use systems to recognise Beavers' contributions and effort during meetings. This is either through earning sections of a jigsaw towards Build a Beaver, with a certificate on completion, or, the privilege of looking after the beaver mascot by being nominated Beaver of the Week.

Beavers are easy to identify in their turquoise tops and numerous badges that they can earn throughout their time in the Colony. After 4 to 5 weeks, new members are invested into Scouting to join the millions worldwide who have taken the Scouting Promise. At this point, Beavers will start their badge collection and will also be given their 3rd Alton scarf and woggle.

Colonies

At 3rd Alton we have two colonies who meet on two different evenings:

Kestrel Colony

Monday Night
18:00 - 19:15

Woodside Colony

Thursday Night
17:30 - 18:45