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Beaver & Cub County Challenge

Have your District Cub and Beaver Sections started competitions yet?

Each District is entitled to enter 4 teams in the County 'Trading Post' Challenge Competition over the weekend of 13/14th October. Talk to your ADCs

If your District is not doing this but your group would like to enter a team then if we receive more than 5 entries from your District we will draw four teams from the hat.

If you require more details please contact: Lynn Moore, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 0114 246 8551 / 07770 653596 or Sylvia West, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 0114 284 6022 / 07721 059086

What is a Trading Post ?

A Trading Post consists of as many activities, crafts and tasks that are relevant to Cubs or Beaver Scouts.

The object of the game is for the Cubs/Beavers to complete as many single tasks within 25 minutes thus gaining as many £'s

towards their total whilst learning. They may not duplicate any task.

At the end of the game all the money is placed in an envelope and this is sealed then given to the adjudicator who will open the envelopes and determine the winner.

Activities have buy and sell values eg. Crack-a-code, buy for £20 and sell for £80. Cards displaying the activity together

with the values are displayed around the room in which the Trading Post takes place.




Beaver Challenge

Really sorry for the short notice but please read this passage from Region:

BeaverIn keeping with one of the Queens aims of the Jubilee weekend that we all sit down and share a meal together, we are challenging colonies to arrange to eat in the community or with the community. This can be done at any time during the year but the best time might be during the months of May, June, July or August when publicity about the Jubilee is at its height.

All we ask you to do is send a picture of your beavers eating at your challenge event to your County Beaver Contact so each County can keep a visual record of the challenge.

To celebrate the achievement a special NE Region Beaver Challenge Woggle has been produced and each child who attends the Challenge will receive one of these.

South Yorkshire County have decided to make this a Teddy Bears Picnic which will take place at Sundown Adventureland on Sunday July 1st. Please try to make every effort to participate and make this another event to remember.

We are aware that there are a load of other activities going on particularly with Synergise a fortnight after this but this is the only weekend available for us all to get together. The cost of entry will be £9 per person (make your own travel arrangements and we will meet you there – either colony or district transport can be arranged). Please contact your ADC Beavers to see if they will be putting on transport for your District.

All bookings will need to be done through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP due to available space at Sundown for Coaches etc. Please let us know if you intend to participate and give approx. numbers by 16th April. All payments will then need to be finalised by the 12th June with definite numbers. We will write to you again once you have booked with the final details

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Beavers Takeover Magna

On Sunday 11th March 2012 over 340 Beavers from across South Yorkshire congregated at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham to celebrate Scouting and explore the wonders of science and technology. The Beavers arrived at Magna late on Saturday night with tents and sleeping bags and took part in group activities with Colonies from across the county before pitching tents and bedding down for the night. The next morning they were let loose (under the guidance of their leaders and volunteers) through the many interactive learning features Magna has to offer including the fantastic Earth, Air, Water and Fire Pavilions.

The weekend was one not just filled with fun and great opportunities for young people to learn by doing, but an opportunity to make new friends from across South Yorkshire who they may not have been able to meet otherwise and see their place in Scouting's bigger picture. "Beavers is for 6-8 year olds, both boys and girls, and weekends like these allows them to come together and make new friends and complete lots of challenging activities that they wouldn't otherwise be able to do" said Thomas a 15 year old Explorer Scout from Barnsley.

Such an event highlights how large the Scouting movement has become in South Yorkshire – there are now just fewer than 7,700 members in the county, a growth of 6.7% on last year. However with hundreds of young people still on waiting lists to join the movement, growth has been stalled due to the need for more adult volunteers to offer up a little of their time to manage the growing groups at their weekly meetings or weekend excursions; "I think there's about a 500 young people waiting to join Scout Groups across South Yorkshire simply because we don't have enough adult volunteers" said Dean Maragh, a volunteer Scout Leader and ex-youth member. "I realised that the concept of flexible volunteering has made us more accessible. Many parents and supporters giving little chunks of time whether it's something small like fixing the light bulbs or giving activity rooms a lick of paint, they all see the sense in that and it's really helped us to grow."

"The Beavers were helping each other to pack up, I realised that what we can get out of it as adults is just seeing the development of our young people and knowing that were making our communities and our world a slightly better place."



Beavers launch new Creative Challenge Badge

231st beavers
When Meccano were looking for a beaver colony to help launch the new Creative Activity badge, they turned to the 231st Beaver Colony in Sheffield. Pictured here with a model of Chatsworth House made of Mecano the Beavers were enthusiatic about the new badge and were itching to get going with their Meccano.
Meccano was invented by Frank Hornby (think Hornby train sets) over 100 years ago, and has been a firm favourite among children and adults ever since. Now for the 21st Century, Meccano's modern incarnation is packed full of challenges to test young people's creativity.
The toys have many fans of all ages, including Top Gear presenter and Scout birthday badge recipient James May, who holds the world record for the largest bridge ever built out of Meccano pieces. Meanwhile the largest model of any kind is a giant Ferris wheel in the United States weighs 1,200 lbs and took 1,239 hours to build.
Details of the new badge can be found here 

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