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District Beaver & Cub My Adventure Challenge Day

Posted on June 3rd, 2018 by Dave Shaw

On a drizzly Saturday morning in March 80 Beavers & Cubs (as well as their Leaders!) travelled to Phasels Wood for a day of different activities to go towards their My Adventure Challenge Award. The Beavers took part in a cresta run, slackline, photo hunt, ridgeline climbing and a low ropes course whilst the Cubs took part in playing skittles, abseiling, aeroball junior, rolling rock / traverse wall and climbing. Both sections did 2 activities in the morning and then 3 in the afternoon after we had come back together at lunchtime for some food and lots of chatter. The weather wasn’t great for the day but at least the snow had held off for us that weekend and we didn’t get too wet either which was a blessing. When leaving the campsite we had an eventful moment when a Beaver was on the wrong coach and then we realised we have been locked in the car park and couldn’t get out until someone came and rescued us. We arrived back at 3rd Upton with lots of tired Leaders but with Beavers & Cubs who still had lots of energy to go around.

Thank you to all the Leaders who attended for helping to make this joint activity day great & exciting for all the Beavers & Cubs who attended. Thank you to Clare & Sarah for helping to organise the day. Look forward to the next one

Joe Halls – ADC Beaver Scouts.

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District Awards Celebration 2018

Posted on April 25th, 2018 by Dave Shaw

Slough District held its Second Annual Awards Celebration on 21st April 2018 to celebrate the Top Awards that our Youth and Adult Members achieved in the past 12 months.

Our members have been working hard and we were able to hand out certificates for 50 Awards across all sections, including Chief Scout’s Awards, Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, Young Leader Belts and Wood Badges.

As part of the celebration, we also saw our District Commissioner, Tim Haggett, being presented with a Silver Acorn in recognition of all his hard work running the District

We would like to Congratulate all of our members on their achievements and look forward to giving out more certificates next year.

We would also like to thank Baylis Court School for hosting us again.

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Beaver Scouts wins Badge design competition

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by SDSAdmin

Liam of 1st Cippenham Beaver Scouts wins Badge design competition

Congratulations to Liam of 1st Cippenham on designing the badge that will be worn by all the Beaver Scouts and their Leaders in Slough.

The competition was tough and it was really difficult to choose a winner from all the amazing entries that were received and the wining design was chosen but Myself and Dave Shaw our Youth Commissioner.

You can see the winning design below.  The badges are now in production and will be sewn onto the jumpers of our beavers very soon!

Thank you to all the beavers for the great entries and well done once again to Liam.

Tim Haggett
District Commissioner



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Slough Beavers Donate to WPH Neonatal Unit

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by SDSAdmin

Slough District Beavers came together on Sat 6th Feb to celebrate Beavers 30th Birthday & Pancake Day. They played party games, eat pancakes. All the beavers gave a donation & raised £43 for WPH Neonatal Unit.

We visited the Neonatal Unit at Wexham Park Hospital on Friday 8th April to present our donation of £43.

We were allowed to visit a baby in an incubator & the staff told us what they did on the Unit.


Sue Took
ADC – Beavers – Slough District

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Youth Shaped Scouting

Posted on January 10th, 2016 by SDSAdmin

What is a District Youth Commissioner?
I am the first District Youth Commissioner in Berkshire, and one of very few in the UK. The District Youth Commissioner’s role is to develop and oversee the principles of Youth Shaped Scouting within Slough. As part of this, I will be starting a Youth Forum within the District to allow Young People’s voices to be heard by the District Team and encouraging leaders to develop Youth Shaped Scouting within their Section.

Who are you?
I am Dave Shaw, some of you may know me as an Explorer Scout Leader with Discovery ESU, while others will know me as a Network member. I am 23, and I have been a part of the Scouting Movement since I was 6, so I know what it is like to be both a Young person and a Leader within Scouting.

What is Youth Shaped Scouting?
Youth Shaped Scouting is the idea that Scouting is a Youth Movement and should be shaped by the Young People. Adults should only be here to guide the Young people and ensure that they are kept safe. The Young People should have a say in what they do on a weekly basis, where they go on camps and how major decisions are made.
As one Explorer said: “Scouting is like play-doh, Young People have to shape and mould it”

What about YouShape?
YouShape Week is the National Event during which we want to get everyone talking about Youth Shaped Scouting. YouShape Week is 1st – 7th February, with a major conference taking place from the 5th – 7th. The week will provide the opportunity for every young person from Beavers through to Network to get involved either online or at your meeting place.

What’s the plan?
I will be setting up a District Youth Forum which will aim to involve a Young person from every Section within the District, from Beavers to Network, from 1st Britwell to 3rd Wexham. To kick off this process, I will be paying a visit to all of the Sections during January to talk to the Young People and Leaders about Youth Shaped Scouting and the Youth forum. Follow me on Twitter for the Schedule.

How can I develop Youth Shaped Scouting in my Section?
First things first, ask the young people what they want to do on a Section Evening, whether that is what game to play next, what to cover in a future meeting or having the young people taking a lead role in a game or activity. The key is to listen to the young people and carry out what they want to do.

How can I contact you?
You can email me at or get me on Twitter @Slough_DYC with any questions, opinions or suggestions about Youth Involvement.

District Youth Commissioner – Dave Shaw

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District Children In Need activity day!

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by Damien Woodall

On Saturday 21st November the Beavers held a District Children In Need activity day at 3rd Upton. This was attended by 56 Beavers from across 6 colonies. The day was full of 6 different activities that the Beavers took part in:

  • designing and making their own non-alcoholic cocktails / decorating biscuits and cakes with lots of yummy sweets (thank you to the 3rd Upton parent who made over 60 cakes to be decorated)
  • designing a new superhero, drawing it and talking about the powers they would have
  • Lego station where they could build something without instructions and using their imagination
  • Pudsey worksheets where they had the chance to do some colouring, dot-2-dots and dressing Pudsey up
  • mosaic Pudsey where each group filled a drawing of Pudsey up by sticking lots of different plastic bottle lists and cotton wool to it
  • each Beaver (& leader) had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Pudsey in a photo booth and these will be printed and given out for everyone to keep.

Before the activity day the Beavers were given a task to see how many items they could fit into a matchbox, all had to be different items. One very clever Beavers managed to fit 45 items into their matchbox. At the end of the day the Beavers played a couple of games before collecting all their stuff and heading home.

I would like to say a big Thank You to all the leaders involved from 1st Britwell, 2nd Cippenham, Colnbrook, 1st Langley (Wednesday & Friday) and 3rd Upton for their help and support on Saturday. It was a busy day but all the Beavers had fun and went home happy J. We also raised around £70 for Children In Need which is fantastic.

Also here is a link to our article in Slough Observer:

Joe Halls – District Beaver Scout Leader


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Slough District Beaver Sleepover

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by Damien Woodall

Slough District Beavers had a great Sleepover at 1st Datchet Scout Headquarters

We arrives on Saturday morning and headed straight off by coach to “Odds Farm”

The Beavers went on all the adventure playgrounds, they fed pigs, sheep, goats, watched sheep racing and enjoyed the indoor play area

We then returned to 1st Datchet for a sausage and chip supper followed by ice cream

The Beavers then played games in the dark with their torches, enjoyed a camp fire and then it was time for supper and bed!

On Sunday morning we packed up our sleeping gear, had breakfast and played team games outside

Then it was time to close the sleepover and go home to Mum and Dad very tired but extremely happy!

Many thanks to all Leaders, Young Leaders and Parents who supported this event

We all had a fabulous time and the weather was great!

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Beaver Sleepover

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by SDSAdmin

‘This weekend we took a visit down to Colnbrook C of E Primary school to take a look at what the District Beaver colonies were getting up to on their weekend sleepover. Just after they finished lunch we managed to catch them doing a range of activities from making healthy fruit kebabs to using the new district archery kit. Despite the slightly soggy weather conditions forcing Beavers to wrap up warm, I didn’t manage to see one unhappy face as everyone had something fun to do thanks to the leader teams involved. ‘


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