Barney Beaver's 30th Birthday Challenge

From Ann Clark, Deputy County Commissioner for Programmes and International

In February I spent 2 wonderful, if exhausting, evenings at Colony meetings with winners of the Birthday Challenge. My first visit was to 1st Crowle Colony (shown alongside on the right) where I was greeted by a swarm of Beavers, busily running around bases run  by Young Leaders. When their energy was finally depleted they sat very quietly as they were presented with their certificate and trophy: but not for long, as we all shouted the loudest Bravo to thank their Leaders for helping them achieve the win.

My second visit was to 1st Astwood Bank Colony (shown alongside on the left).  Beavers arrived in 2s and 3s until the hall was full! I was allowed to join in,  as they practised for their fitness challenges; long jumps, throwing wellies, and ending with a hotly contested Tug of War. Again Young Leaders proved to be vital in this very active Colony. After the presentation, I again introduced the Beavers to the Scouting way of thanking Leaders by teaching them a BRAVO, much to the surprise of the Leaders.  Parents arriving at the end of the meeting,  covered their ears as the cheers could be heard in the centre of Redditch!

Well done to all these Beaver Scouts and to their dedicated Leaders, helpers and Young Leaders.