Beavers are young people, aged 6 to 8, who:

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make friends
  • Are curious about the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, on their own doorsteps and beyond

Every week, they gather in groups called Beaver Colonies to hop, skip and jump their way through lots of different games and activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.


Our two Beaver Scout Colonies, Ridgeway Beavers and Driftway Beavers, meet on Tuesday evenings during term time.

Ridgeway Beavers meet from 17:15 to 18:15

Driftway Beavers meet from 18:30 to 19:30

These meetings provide young people with an opportunity to learn new skills, make friends, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.


The Beaver Scout Program is designed to help young people work towards the Chief Scout Bronze Award, it is the highest award a Beaver can earn, and it’s something you work on gradually throughout your whole time in the section. To get your hands on one, you’ll need complete all of the Challenge Awards, as well as any four Activity Badges of your choice.

Challenge Awards and Activity Badges are all about stepping outside your comfort zone. Try out something you wouldn’t normally be interested in. Take the lead on something that scares you. Along the way, you’ll unlock hidden talents and stand tall.

Our activities include:

  • Outdoor adventures and exploration
  • Hiking and nature walks
  • Games which promote teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Cooking
  • Craft projects
  • Learning about the world
  • Community based projects

Our Leadership Team

Our adult leaders and young leaders are committed to providing a positive and engaging experience for all our Beavers in Harwell.

Meet the Leaders…


Each Colony is split into four teams called Lodges. A Lodge is a smaller group of Beavers, headed up by a Lodge Leader and Assistant Lodge Leader.

Being a Lodge Leader or Assistant Lodge Leader is about being a superhero for a little while – doing things like welcoming new people to the Colony, being extra helpful during a meeting or camp, or taking charge of a game or activity. Everyone takes it in turns to take on the challenge. 

Beavers stand together in their Lodges at the beginning and end of meetings. They tend to stick together on trips away, or during certain activities.


As well as enjoying plenty of adventures, being a Beaver is about exploring who you are and what you stand for. These are big ideas, and when you join the Colony, you’ll start thinking about them by making a promise and being invested into Scouting. A promise is a set of words that mean something to you, which you try to follow every day.

Making the promise is a big celebration within the Colony. Every time a new Beaver decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Beavers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into Beavers, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.

Everyone is unique but there are some things all Beavers agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.

Beavers choose the promise that best suits them. 


On your first night at Beavers, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in.

Eventually, you’ll get your own Beaver uniform to wear to meetings and on trips and nights away. Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone to feel a part of the Colony. It also gives you a place to show off all the Beaver badges you earn.

For Beavers, the uniform requirements are:

  • Beaver Uniform Sweatshirt – this is compulsory and where Beaver badges are sewn on.
  • Beaver Uniform Polo Shirt – this is optional, but many Beavers choose to wear this under their sweatshirt during the winter and instead of the sweatshirt in the summer
  • Scout Necker – this will be provided by the group when you are invested
  • Core Unifrom Badges – these will be provided by the group when you are invested