255th Beavers sleep over in Brean

Three-legged racers
Three-legged racers
This weekend saw the “best sleepover yet”, as 15 of the 255th Beavers descended on Brean, Somerset, of which 11 stayed for the full two days, sleeping indoors in tents. Activities included beach games, a hike, a sandcastle competition, a puppet show, an indoor campfire and lots of indoor crafts. The Beavers enjoyed themselves so much that some didn’t even want to leave!

A Gallery of 41 photos is now available – we may add more soon.

Beavers strike for the 255th

The second roll
The second roll
The 255th Beavers descended en masse on the Hollywood Bowl in Bristol tonight to try their hands at ten-pin bowling. 27 Beaver Scouts tackled four lanes, many of them for the first time in their lives, with some achieving scores as high as 114 or 116. A good time seemed to be had by all, with those who attended getting a step closer to earning their Fitness Challenge badges.

Why not check out our Gallery of the evening while you’re here?

Spring term programme

The Beaver and Cub programme for the coming term is now available on the Programme page. Beavers and Cubs start again at the usual times on Monday 9th January. Dates of note in the Beaver programme include a visit to the Hollywood Bowl on Monday 6th February and a Sleepover at Brean from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th March, details of both of which will follow by letter closer to the time.

25 years of Beaver Scouting

Cutting the cake
Cutting the cake
2011 marks 25 years since the introduction of Beaver Scouting. To celebrate the occasion, around 100 Beaver Scouts from all over Bristol South District came together for a big birthday party at the 229th HQ in Ashton. There were snacks, music and lots of big party games for the Beavers to enjoy.

The party concluded with the cutting of the cake. The job of cutting the cake was saved for the Beaver Scout who won the competition to name the Bristol South District Beaver Mascot, Toothy – which turned out to be one of our own 255th Beavers, who has since become a Cub Scout!

St. Andrew’s Day

Elbow-deep in porridge!
Elbow-deep in porridge!
255th Beavers marked St. Andrew’s Day tonight by learning about St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, and trying some Scottish-themed activities. The Beavers had a fun and messy night, whether they were practicing tossing the caber, or elbow-deep in buckets of cold porridge looking for bouncy balls!

Next week the Beavers will be starting on some festive crafts in the run-up to our Christmas break.

255th Beavers’ Autumn Sleepover

Gotcha!
Gotcha!
This weekend, nine 255th Beavers made new friends when they joined 15 other Beavers from the 229th and 81st Bristol Scout Groups for the District Beaver Sleepover at Woodhouse Park in Almondsbury. We were very lucky with the weather and, although the ground was muddy, both days were mild and dry and the Beavers enjoyed lots of outdoor activities as well as indoor crafts. Indoors the Beavers made model rockets, model TARDISes, planets and space-age backpacks, while outdoors the Beavers went on an exciting night-hike, where they heard a tawny owl, and played games of “Landmine Clearance”, “Cops and Robbers” and “Weeping Angels”. Some pics of the fun and games can now be found in our gallery.

Big thanks to Bristol South District Scouts for organising a great weekend, and to all the Beavers and leaders from the various groups who took part!

We also hope to bring you some photos of the Cubs’ autumn camp fairly soon, so stay tuned!

255th Beavers scale the walls

Scaling the heights
Scaling the heights
Six intrepid Beaver Scouts skipped trick or treating tonight to join us at Bristol Climbing Centre in St. Werburgh’s for a crash course in climbing. Aided by an experienced instructor and safely strapped into their harnesses, they scaled the dizzying heights of the climbing wall, demonstrating good teamwork as those who were waiting on the ground kept the ropes tight to keep their friends safe. One of our Beavers took to it so well that the instructor said we might have a future champion in our midst!

Take a look at our gallery of the night for some photographs of a fun and adventurous evening’s Scouting!

And the Beavers came in two by two…

Feeding the goats
Feeding the goats
Three of our Beaver Scouts had a fun and adventurous day yesterday when they joined us for the Bristol South District Scouts Beaver visit to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm at Wraxall. Over the course of the day, our Beavers met lots of exotic animals and birds, fed the goats, took a brilliantly bumpy tractor ride, tested their limits in the park’s many indoor and outdoor play areas, and even indulged in a fierce straw fight in the straw barn. A great, if tiring, time was had by all! While you’re here, why not check out our gallery of the day?

255th Beavers descend on Slimbridge

Bird hunting
Bird hunting

The Beaver section had a great time today visiting the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust centre at Slimbridge. The seven Beaver Scouts who came along spotted lots of different birds, saw the otters being fed, met some amphibians, and learned a little about how real beavers live in the wild. They also had lots of fun in the playground.

Trips like this are the essence of what make Scouting great. Several other Beaver colonies were there too, and the 255th Bristol (Channel) Sea Scouts would just like to thank the organisers for arranging a fun day out for all!

While you’re here, why not check out the full gallery of the trip?