New Beaver Scouts for Groby

25 March 2014

Woodlands Beavers

For many years the 73rd Leicester (Groby) Scouts Group has had a long waiting list of children wanting to join. The youngest members within scouting are called Beaver Scouts and their age range is between 6 and 8 years old. The current Groby Beavers Colony ‘Great Lake’ is at capacity and always has more children wanting to join than it can manage. Over 75 children appear on the current waiting list to join the Groby Scout Group and almost all of those that are of scouting age, are waiting to join the beavers.

Towards the end of 2013, the Group Scout Leader arranged to meet with parents of children who appeared on the waiting list to see if any of them were interested in becoming leaders and helpers. This was in attempts to enable the expansion of the beavers section by way of forming an additional Colony to the existing ‘Great Lake’.
There were enough expressions of interest and so work began in setting up the new ‘Woodlands’ Beaver Colony and its team of leaders.

The first meeting was held on the 24th February 2014 and saw an intake of 15 Children who were at the top of the waiting list. The size of the Colony will be reviewed after a couple of months at which point there may be an opportunity to expand it to the same size as the Great Lake Colony (25) who meet on a Wednesday night.
The opening of the new Colony gives the opportunity for young children to join the section who may not have otherwise reached the top of the list. It also offers a degree of choice as to which night they wish attend.