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STAY WELL - STAY SAFE - STAY SCOUTING!
We are currently operating face to face YELLOW Readiness Level Scouting across all Sections
Who are the Beavers?
What do Beavers do?
Beavers are young people aged 6-8yrs who learn about fun and friends through games, a series of activities, badges and awards designed to help them grow and develop as amazing young people.
They meet every week in a Beaver Colony, run by an adult team of volunteers, one of which is the Beaver Scout Leader.
Beavers - Josh Fawcett, Beaver Scout Leader (BSL) aka Griffin. Contact: email@example.com; Rob Braun, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (ABSL) aka Sabretooth; Gilly Blackhall (ABSL) aka Phoenix; Michael Peche (ABSL) aka Chimera; Lee Wridgway (ABSL) aka Mandrake; Dani Peake, Occasional Helper (OH) aka Storm; Minna Chang (OH) aka Kappa; Michael Scoones (OH) aka Manticore; Kelly, Young Leader (YL) aka Pegasus; Arthur (YL) aka Yeti.
Our Beaver Colony meets at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Herbert Road, Wimbledon, London on a Tuesday from 1815-1930 hrs. We tend to operate our weekly Meetings for the Sections on the same schedule as Term Times for London Borough of Merton Schools. These dates may be found here: https://www.merton.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-term-dates-and-holidays
Our Scout Group as a whole is managed by our Group Scout Leader (GSL), Ron Crabb (known to the youth Members as Grey Wolf). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and by Deputy Group Scout Leader (DGSL), Josh Fawcett (known to our youth Members as Griffin, the name he has as Beaver Scout Leader). Email: email@example.com
You can find out what The Scout Association has to say about Beaver Scouts right here, but make sure that you come back to us to find out all about what we do at the 8th Wimbledon Scout Group.
Find out how much it costs for your child to join our Scout Group through this link here.
There are loads of amazing Beaver Awards that Beavers love to take part in. Find out details of them here - then come back to us.
There are also some fantastic Beaver Activity Badges. Check them out then come back to us.
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All new recruits to our Beaver Colony must undertake the Beavers Membership Award - here are the details.
A Generic Parents Guide to Beaver Scouts - Free download available Here
What do they wear?
And we bet that you're wondering what Beavers wear at Colony Meetings and on outings? Well have a look here to see Scout Headquarters' handy guide to Beavers uniform and badge placement Make sure that you come back to us again to find out where you can get the Beaver uniform and what we say you need to get to be part of the 8th Wimbledon Scout Group.
You can buy uniform:
The only parts of Beaver uniform that you need are: Beaver Scouts Uniform Sweatshirt + Scouts Activity Trousers Kids or Girls or Kids Unisex Shorts + Lemon Yellow Youth Plain Scarf/Necker + Kids Plastic Woggle (The Beaver Scout Leader will tell you a specific colour Woggle to buy - this may be swapped by the Beaver Leader during your child's stay in Beavers for a different colour if they ever change Lodge.)
How much does it cost to attend?
For the latest details regarding Membership Subscriptions, Annual Headquarters' Membership fee and provision for retaining Membership while not attending, please follow this link: http://8thwimbledon.org/PARENT-PORTAL-OSM-AND-MEMBERSHIP-SUBS
We never want lack of finances to be a block to starting or undertaking Scouting with the 8th Wimbledon and we are always ready to help and chat about any issues or concerns you may have, in confidence if needs be. We are a friendly and supportive bunch. You can always email us with the title #nobarriers via firstname.lastname@example.org to have such a chat.
Where do I go from here?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LINK TO OUR WAITING LIST HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM HERE FOR A WHILE AND OUR WAITING LISTS FOR BEAVERS AND CUBS ARE CLOSED AS WE HAVE TOO MANY NAMES ON OUR WAITING LIST TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INTO BEAVERS OR CUBS (ANY ADDED DURING THIS CLOSURE WILL BE DELETED WITH NO NOTIFICATION) - PLEASE CHECK THE DISTRICT WEBSITE FOR ALTERNATIVE SCOUT GROUPS: https://www.wimbledonandwandlescouts.org/scout-groups
Sometimes we may have to close a Section's Waiting List, due to increasing popularity to join our Group vs the maximum number of young people we can bring into a Section. Please be aware that placing a young person's name onto our Waiting List does not guarantee entry into the Group. Sometimes we have a long Waiting List for entry into different Sections and sometimes there is space available straight away. Either way, once your Young Person is on our Waiting List, we will contact you in due course to let you know progress and availability. Please bear with us, as we are all volunteers.
Our Scout Section (10.5yr to 14.5yr) is STILL OPEN to new Members as, unlike the other Sections, it has no maximum occupancy limit. Please do not add your Young Person to the Scout Section Waiting List if they are aged under 10.5yrs (of Scout age) - as they will be deleted with no notification to you.
When we do have spaces in Beavers and Cubs, we allocate spaces like this:
Potential new Members are selected from the Waiting List, when places become available and the young person is of an age to be admitted into a Section, according to the following priorities:
1. Children of the current Leader/Helper team.
2. Children who are moving up from lower Sections (Beavers or Cubs) due to age.
3. Children of the current Executive Committee.
4. Siblings of current Members of the 8th Wimbledon Scout Group, as long as that young person has been on the Waiting List for 6 months.
5. Children transferring from other Scout Groups.
... which brings us on to the next topic...
All of the adults who help in Scouting, either on the coal face as Leaders and Helpers, or behind the scenes on committees or helping with fund raising and administration are all 100% volunteers. They are all just like you. Some of them have been parents of children in the Group or have benefited from Scouting in their own life; some have volunteered because they have a skill they would like to share. There are many reasons why people volunteer to Scouting but it is guaranteed that they will benefit from the experience.
Have a look at what The Scout Association says about Volunteering as an adult and then come back to us...
If you would like to find out about the opportunities we currently have in the 8th Wimbledon then please take a look at our ADULT VOLUNTEERS page.
The Parent Portal of Online Scout Manager, OSM
We use this amazing facility to keep track of our Members and their progress through Scouting, their badges gained and also for so many other reasons - and you as a parent/guardian of a child in the Group get to see their records and update us on any changes to things like contact details or next of kin etc. OSM and the Parent Portal are fully GDPR compliant. Follow this link to find out more.
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