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Beavers Shelter building

This week Beavers met in Somerset Forest, Coleraine. Healthy snacks distributed, then they headed up to the top of the forest. Once there, they split into 3 groups, each with a young leader in charge. They spent some time working with their team, building natural shelters under the guidance of our fab YLs (leaders assisting ). Before we knew it, it was time to return to the car park for home time. Well done everyone

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Beavers Easter Eggscape Room

This week the Beavers were challenged to complete an escape room style activity which was Easter themed.

Our poor Easter bunny’s treat stash had been locked up by some nasty people and Beavers had to work together in their lodges, solving a number of problems to find the keys to the padlocks.

The challenge started when they cracked/popped their eggs to get their 1st instructions. They had to find eggs, solve the picture puzzle inside, flip it to solve Morse code for the next clue, figure out the lock box code, use compass skills to locate a key to matching fairy doors and use their aim to knock over cups which contained keys. Finally, they had to figure out which four of the twelve keys opened the padlocks on the Easter bunny’s box. She was so grateful for their help that she shared her Easter chocolate and mini eggs with all our Beavers.

After another two beaver collections were shown, our YLs ran a couple of Easter themed games and handed out Easter eggs to take home.

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Early St Patricks activities

Beavers had some Irish themed activities this week as it’s St Patricks day this Sunday. This counts towards their world challenge badge.

We had our fabulous young leader doing some Irish dancing, hot potato game (with a leprechaun handing out some gold coins), blind tasting Tayto crisps to guess the flavour and a code cracking activities for all things Irish. Also another 2 beavers shared their collection with us.

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Beavers baking and YLs take the lead

Last week our YLs ran a team games night, this week we had some baking buns (one for them, one to give to someone they love) and some beavers shared their collections for their collector badge.

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Squirrels, Beavers & Cubs Visit W5

Our youngest 3 sections enjoyed a trip to W5 at the weekend. We visited the lost planet soft play first to burn off some energy, then visited levels 2, climbit and level 4. Lots of exploring the exhibitions and fun with friends. Time whizzed by and before we knew it 5 hours had passed and it was time to travel back to Ballymoney. Everyone received a W5 pencil as a wee souvenir of their day out. Thanks to all our youths for being so well behaved, to our young leaders for their help and our adult volunteers for giving their time.

Check out the video of our visit ⬇️

https://studio.youtube.com/video/w5l2n69fkg4/edit
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Pancake day with Beavers

Beaver section met up as usual this half term, playing the ladders game to start and then making pancakes after. Lots of measuring flour, sugar, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt in their groups. Once fried, they had a variety of toppings to choose from…chocolate spread and banana/strawberries were the most popular toppings 😋 Once beavers finished eating they all washed and dried their plates of course.

Beavers update 🦫

Beavers were busy in January doing lots of badge work. They earned their air activities stage one badge (on order) making paper planes, hoopsters, using the phonetic alphabet and researching military aircraft. Then they made apple bird feeders, bird pizzas and completed a quiz on garden birds by researching bird facts around the hall with their lodge (linked to big garden bird watch). They also did some work towards their teamwork challenge badge (team games and constructing bridges out of paper in lodges). Thanks to our young leaders for helping out, awesome as always ⭐️

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Beavers try Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

A massive thank you to the coaches and young assistant coaches at North Coast Grappling for giving our Beaver scouts a taster session of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. They started off with a game of bear crawl tag, then tried their best to do arm bars, became ninjas jumping over walls and had great fun trying to push each other off the training mats! Lots of fun and laughter 😂😂 Check out their moves in the video below ⬇️

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Beavers Ocean Sleepover

At the weekend some of our Beavers joined us for an ocean themed sleepover at the scout hall. They arrived on Saturday evening to find the hall transformed to an under the sea world with jellyfish overhead and sea creatures all around.

They enjoyed sea life scratch art, a turtle weaving craft, some YL ran sea themed games, a scavenger hunt walk looking for sea life facts around town followed by a quiz about the facts found, then a movie in the loft (finding Nemo) with pizza and popcorn!

After a good nights sleep they enjoyed a decorating shortbread sea animals and learned some map skills with an ocean themed map activity. Finally they had some snacks and chilled out with friends colouring in, drawing and doing puzzles.

Thanks to all leaders (including 2 squirrel leaders) and young leaders for all their help preparing, setting up and running camp. Also a big thank you to our brilliant Beavers who behaved so well for the duration of camp 🦫 🐟 🪼 🦈

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Beavers Halloween fun night 🎃

Beavers enjoyed lots of fairground style games at their Halloween party night. There was mummy bowling using a pumpkin as a bowling ball, pumpkin toss, feeding stick people to the one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater, a pumpkin shooting range, toss the rings onto witches hats and a gross feely box alongside colouring in and tabletop games. Lots of sweet treats won. Finally some party food and balloons.

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Beavers on Bikes

This week Beavers met in the Riverside Park to complete their cyclist badge. After an update on how they were doing with their animal friend badge, we split into 2 groups. One did safe cycling, first practising around the green before following the longer route. Staying between the lines, weaving between dots, stopping safely with brakes, ringing bells to alert pedestrians and cycling slowly around bends.

The other group were learning about the “M” checks. Tyres pumped, checked lights/reflectors, handlebars, pedals etc. Then they switched around. Thanks to Scout leaders Alex and David for their help with Beaver section tonight.

Finally a log chew about the coronation and challenging them to do their part for the Big Help Out on Monday. They have to do something helpful without expecting anything in return #volunteer.

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PSNI Visit Beavers

This week the PSNI helped us to cover some more aspects of the safety activity badge – road safety (green cross code), cycle safety and stranger danger. Everyone had chance to ask some questions too They looked at all the gear the PSNI were wearing, heard walkie-talkie messages and had fun in the police car. They also completed a water safety activity with the Young leaders guiding them while waiting for their turn to visit the police car. Many thanks 👮‍♀️ 👮‍♂️

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Beavers Fire Safety

This week we welcomed some Ballymoney fire fighters to our session to start the beavers off on their safety badge. Lots of useful information and many questions from our young people. They also got to see inside the fire engine and shoot some water from the fire hose 🚒

Thank you so much guys!! Beavers, remember Test Tuesdays to check your fire alarm!

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Beavers Cook Badge

During January, Beavers have been working towards their cook activity badge. They’ve made cupcakes, soda pizzas, sausage and veg skewers and s’mores. They also looked at kitchen hazards and had a survey on which healthy foods they enjoy. Young leaders entertained the youths with games when necessary. Check out the video below to see them busy working towards their badge.

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Beavers Festive Fun

Throughout December Beavers have been enjoying lots of winter crafts and games. We’ve had snowball fights, Melted snowman biscuits, making snowflakes, sewing felt Xmas tree decorations with bead bobbles, worked together to make a paper chain longer than our hall and finally had party night playing games and eating snacks.

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Beavers Book Reader Badge

We visited Ballymoney library tonight to begin our book reader badge. Everyone made bookmarks, browsed through various books, checked some out, some coloured pictures and all enjoyed a short story read by our leader Chris. Printout sent home with a book log and a blank book cover to create a new cover for their favourite book.

They’ll be working hard at home for the next 6 weeks (or less if they’re avid readers) to complete the badge. Thanks to the staff at the library for being so accommodating.

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Beavers Globetrotters Sleepover

This weekend 14 fabulous Beaver scouts took part in our Globetrotters sleepover. On arrival they filled in their passport details and then began their trip around the world in a hot air balloon (parachute mushroom). With the help of our YLs we took Beavers to Latvia (Lotars), Australia (Luke and Robyn) and Canada (Nathan) and had their passport stamped on arrival at each country.

On the arrival at each country Beavers were shown a flag. They had to find the flag on the world map and locate where the country was on the world map. Once found our YL’s shared facts, food and games relating to those countries.

Latvia (ancient pagan symbols, introducing yourself in Latvian and facts – widest waterfall in Europe is in Latvia), Australia (Beavers are Joey scouts in Australia, kangaroo hop game, Australian wildlife and food – fairy bread yes, Vegemite no) and Canada (facts/info, pancakes with maple syrups and “ice puck” hockey).

Some cookies and hot choc before heading to bed (a couple of hours before all Beavers finally slept 😂😂)

Up at 7:00 returning to NI for a matinee movie (the Lorax) and an Ulster fry. Some games and a hot air balloon crafts (which taught a knot) before packing up. A fruit snack and some parachute games before home.Well done to all on camp for earning your international activity badge and beaver sleepover badges. We had 10 1st time campers and 4 who camped with us before. Thanks to all Young Leaders and leaders for making camp possible

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Beavers In Tents

With our sleepover coming up this weekend we had a practice run at putting up our tents. This also gave beavers not attending the camp the chance to learn how to put them up, to tick off some badge work and hopefully they’ll make it to a future camp 🤞🏻🤞🏻

After a demo by 2 YLs, all beavers successfully put their tents up with the guidance of leaders, YLs and 2 new squirrel leaders 👏🏻👏🏻 Thanks Andrea and Lynsey.

Once up, they had some time to play card/board games or draw pictures in their tents before packing everything away again.

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Beavers Navigator Stage 1

Over the past 2 weeks Beaver Scouts have been completing their navigator staged badge. They learned how to find North, East, South and West using compasses (then played the game of course). They looked at different maps – street maps of Ballymoney , OS maps of the local area & Northern Ireland and a map of the world. Tonight they completed a night hike. During their 1.8 mile hike they had to locate themselves on the map at 3 different locations, using OS symbols to help them. Finally a break from walking for a snack stop and play at the park before returning to the hall. Well done Beavers 👏🏻

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Beavers Halloween Fun

This week Beavers were encouraged to dress up for a fun night. Lots of games, a couple of crafts (lollipop stick monsters and halloween puppets) and some tasty treats 👻🎃

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Beavers Space Badge