Beavers

Beavers are usually aged between six and eight years old, though they can be as young as five and three quarters.

They usually meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.

They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.


Joining

Earlier entry is at the Beaver Scout Leader's discretion (for example, to allow someone a little bit younger to join at the same time as their friends).


Structure

A group of Beavers is called a Colony, and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges.

Beavers have a Promise and Motto, but there is not a Beaver Scout Law. The concepts of the Scout Law should be presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.


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Where are we?

The Beavers meet at:

Scout Hall
Off Lower Wyndham Terrace
Pontymister
Risca
South Wales
NP11 6QQ
Meeting Times
Mondays - 17:00 to 18:00

Due to our active programme, we do sometimes meet outside of these times as well.

News & Blogs

We hiked to the moon!!!
27/04/2020 By Becky Bennett-Wilding

Never have we been prouder of our 5th Risca family!

During the COVID-19 lockdown, our wonderful 5th Risca family have pulled together and have done something truly remarkable! Together with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and volunteers from across the UK, 5th Risca put on our trainers and our hiking boots and went out for a walk of at least 1 mile as our contribution of The Scout Association's 'Hike to the moon' which was supported by astronaut Tim Peek! Some of us managed to get our videos in before the deadline, and so we have put a little compilation together. 

This wasn't just for fun, there was a serious point to it. Whilst this lockdown is happening, many support charities are struggling for funds to keep some of their key services operating, and so Children in Need and Comic Relief pulled together for a BBC Big Night In, and we as Scouts were mentioned on it. We have raised almost £300,000 as a Scout movement in the UK.

5th Risca have collected £104 to date. If you'd like to donate to the Big Night In via 5th Risca's efforts to Hike to the Moon please donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/5th-risca?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=5th-risca&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=c8e994bbe574435eb31d9e3d2726577d

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Hike To The Moon
21/04/2020 By Becky Bennett-Wilding

Struggling for something to do during the lockdown? Want to do something that keeps your Scouting values going whilst also having some fun and keeping fit?

The Scouts have partnerned with BBC's Big Day In and Big Night In this Thursday (23rd April) to have a virtual 'Hike to the Moon'. 23rd April is a really important day for us every year in The Scouts as this is St George's Day. St George is the Patron Saint of Scouts!!! So every year we renew our promises and have a big celberation of Scouting, usually on the nearest Sunday. This year, we are doing something different as a national organisation and are supporting Comic Relief and Children In Need for the Big Day In and Big Night In.

Together with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from across the UK, the plan is simple: Hike 1 mile inside your house or using your allocated exercise for the day, and when put together we will have hiked enough miles as Scouts in the UK to have hiked all the way to the moon!!

To put it into perspective, this is roughly 20 minutes of walking on the spot or continually walking around the house. 

Here is a message about this from our own Chief Scout, Bear Grylls: https://youtu.be/7gkcPGghInQ

Our Scout Leader, Skip, would love to put a video together of 5th Risca participating in the Hike To The Moon, and so please do make sure that you are wearing your 5th Risca necker and take a photo or video  and send it through to rhys@5thrisca.org.uk by 5pm Thursday and we will get it complied and published on our Social Media! 

Here is more information about the Hike To The Moon, together with some cool Lunar themed activities as an alternative. 

 

Whilst you are filming, we have got another video that we would love you to take part in:

  • Necker challenge - This simply involves having someone off-camera throwing a necker towards our Beaver, Cub or Scout, and then they throw it off camera in the opposite direction. Here is an example: https://twitter.com/MynyddIsaScouts/status/1249955676413210624. (You might want to make this a little more interesting by adding a 'Necker flip' into it, where you kick the necker off your foot and catch it straight onto your head. Here is an example. Just don't forget to still have the necker being thrown in and back out!)

 

If you could get the Necker challenge video to us by 5pm Friday we can then put that video together seperately. 

 

With both of these videos, here are a couple of handy tips:

  • Film in landscape - phone on its side
  • Don’t zoom on your phone/tablet – move the camera closer instead!
  • Make sure it’s well lit
  • Keep the camera steady

 

Lets show the world what 5th Risca have been doing in lockdown!

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Temporary Change to Subscriptions - £8 per month
29/03/2020 By Becky Bennett-Wilding

All

Thank you to those of you who have responded to our snap poll on Facebook which we also emailed to you all earlier in the week. The results are in and attached to this email. As you will see, the majority of parents were happy to continue paying £10 a month subscriptions during this temporary postponement of face-to-face activities. 

However, the Executive Committee are keen not to leave anyone behind during this, and want to ensure that we are looking after each other as a 5th Risca Scout Family. 45% of the responses were for some form of reduction in subscriptions, which highlights that we need to act to ensure that we are supporting a sizeable proportion of our members during this time and doing what we can to continue their membership of the organisation. We have therefore taken the decision to implement a temporary drop in subscriptions to £8 per month. The OSM direct debit schedules have been updated and so no action is required of you. The subscriptions will revert to £10 a month once we are back to face-to-face Scouting.

There are still some people who are going to struggle with this, and so can we please reiterate... if you are going to have difficulty maintaining the subscription payment for your child(ren) please do get in touch with either of us, or with Becky our Group Chair or indeed your elected Executive Committee members. We can look to support families on a case-by-case basis.

With that in mind, a large proportion of you were happy to continue to pay the full subscriptions to the group during this time, and so could we suggest that if you are indeed keen to pay the full £10, that you make a payment of £2 to our PayPal account (mail@5thrisca.org.uk). This will in turn allow us to support families who come to us for further support with their subscription payments. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of Scouting during this time. These are unprecedented times, and we need to look out for one another. Please do utilise our Facebook group to keep in touch with one another (5th Risca Scouts - Parents).

Many thanks

Gareth Tanswell and Terri Wiltshire

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Blog | Democracy Challenge
05/10/2019 By Sarah Powell

Beavers visit Techniquest and the Senedd

Today the Beavers had a long but fun day in Cardiff bay. After an early start, we had a great time in Techniquest, completing activities for many different badges! We walked across to the welsh assembly building and excitedly went through the security! We had a guided tour and discussed many different topics including, Health, education, environment and sustainability. We learnt about how energy efficient the building is and how it was designed and built taking into consideration accessibility, supporting welsh industry, and making sure it will last a long time without needing anything renewed or replaced. 

i think we all learnt quite a few things today and had an experience that we may not have had without the amazing access a scouting badge can give us! 

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Blog | Beaver Paddle boarding.
09/06/2019 By Sarah Powell

Tonight the Beavers from 5th Risca had an awesome night of paddle boarding and trying out their bush craft skills!! They got to spend an hour on the lake at the scenic drive with a great instructor and they had an hour collecting sticks, building a fire and toasting marshmallows. 

So pleased to see so many taking part in what was a great opportunity for our young people. The beaver leaders were so proud of the way everyone behaved tonight! Everyone gave it a go and enjoyed themselves!! 

Well done Beavers! Some fantastic work toward some badges! 

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Scout Hall, Off Lower Wyndham Terrace, Pontymister, Risca, South Wales, NP11 6QQ

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