Beavers began in 1982, became part of the Scout Association in 1986, and is the youngest section in the Scouting Family. Both boys and girls, can join after their 6th birthday. They ‘swim-up’ to the Cub section when they are eight.

Beaver activities are all about having Fun and making Friends and are an exciting mix of adventure and achievement which the Beavers will enjoy whilst in the colony.

Youngsters of this age like to ask ‘why?’, start to develop values and beliefs, are sensitive, aware and critical. They are developing hand and finger control, using senses to try and make sense of the world around them, bound with energy and enthusiasm, curious, active, need to be involved, copying behaviour, more able to share and take turns, impatient if made to wait too long.

52nd Reading Beavers meet once a week (except for School Holidays). The Colony has four lodges - Badgers, Foxes, Hedgehogs and Squirrels. Each term Beavers work towards earning points for their lodge – the Lodge with the most points at the end receives the lodge prize and a badge for their uniform.


Beavers are usually invested after four weeks in the Colony. When they are invested, they make their Promise and can then proudly wear the 52nd Reading Group's scarlet necker. They are also awarded the World Membership Badge, The Royal County of Berkshire, Reading Central District and 52nd Reading Scout Group badges.


The Beaver Scout Promise

I promise to do my best

To be kind and helpful

And to love God.

(Alternative versions are available for Beavers of other/no faiths)

The Beaver Scout Motto

Be Prepared


The Beaver Uniform Layout (click picture)


We serve the Whitley, Whiteknights, Christchurch & University areas of South Reading.
If you live in our local community and want to find out more about joining our Beaver Colony,
please use the Contact Us form.