Beaver Scouts are boys and girls aged 6 and 7 years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family, followed by Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers.
Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits, and helping others.
Telstar Scouts currently runs a single Beaver Colony.
The Oak Colony, meets on Tuesdays at FNEL HQ (normal meeting place is St. George’s International School, but we are unable to meet there due to COVID 19) between 16:30 and 17:45.
The Oak Colony is led by Ben Finney, with valuable assistance from Bérengère d’Havrincourt, Zezinha Shaft and Alexandra Czapiewska.
See Group Calendar for details of all meeting
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OAK COLONY NEWS
As a Beaver in the Oak Colony, you will have fun, you will learn new skills, and you will learn more about your local community and the wider world. You will be introduced to new outdoor activities and have the opportunity to be creative and to make new friends from all backgrounds, nationalities and schools here in Luxembourg!
We spend a lot of time outside, which gives us the opportunity to put up tents and of course light fires to toast marshmallows.
We are busy planning a trip to the European Space Centre, and an indoor beaver sleepover. We will be working towards our Skills Challenge badge, Navigator, Safety plus Health and Fitness.
Areas covered this year – Our beavers worked towards and finished their Skills, World and Teamwork Challenge badges.
We earned the Air Activities, Hiking and Navigator staged badges. We also worked on the following activity badges: Faith, Cycling, Cooking, Health & Fitness, Camp Craft, Safety, Safety and Explore.
In addition to all that, six of our older Beavers completed their Personal Challenge badges and three of them also got the bronze award! [BIG HAND].
Highlights – The change of location to be working outside at FNEL was an interesting challenge for us this year, and certainly made us be a lot more flexible with our plans based on the weather.
Our beavers especially enjoyed the opportunity to light some fires at FNEL, which we managed to do three times. This gave us the opportunity to cook and eat many marshmallows! During our final fire session, the beavers lit their own personal fires, which was a challenge due to a strong wind that day. They very much enjoyed themselves.
A personal highlight of mine was back in March, when we were working towards our outdoor challenge badge. The beavers put up my big 4 man tent (several times due to working in small groups) so everyone had a go at whacking pegs, getting tent poles put together and of course climbing in to the tent and rolling around giggling. During the session they also made small “lolly stick catapults” as a pioneering project. No fingers were crushed, and my tent survived intact! In my eyes though, the session itself was overshadowed somewhat at the end of the afternoon by the sight of the explorers attempting to fold my tent back into its bag, which took them several attempts and some considerable time and effort.
We not only spent time at FNEL, but we also went out to visit some different locations around our lovely country. We visited the forest around Larochette, the big “Kaltreis” playground in Bonnevoie, Luxembourg city and the mini cycling area in Capellen. In Capellen we were blessed not only with excellent attendance from our beavers, but also some glorious springtime weather as the children earned their cycling badges. We managed to accommodate all levels of cycling ability, learn about traffic signs and how to pump up bicycle tyres.
Smaller things were also highlights. Teaching children how to tie knots, and then asking them to use that knot a few weeks later to tie string together so they could hang their wooden bird house from a tree. Seeing some turn from timid, frightened children into enthusiastic beavers, or turning from rowdy beavers into… well those ones didn’t change much yet, but we’re still working on them! Plus of course seeing those jumpers fill up with the badges that they all worked so hard to earn.