Beaver Scouts - Ages 5 to 7

The Beaver Scout program emphasizes having fun while encouraging children to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and nature. Beaver Scouts helps children learn basic social skills and gain self confidence.

The Beaver Scout program promotes activities that encourage children to:

  • Find examples of their own spiritual beliefs
  • Experience and express love and joy
  • Be healthy and have good feelings about themselves
  • Develop a sense of belonging and sharing in small group activities
  • Develop a sense of cooperation through non-competitive activities

The Beaver Scout program is built around a lively variety of games, crafts, music, storytelling, play-acting, spiritual fellowship and the outdoors. Beaver Scout activities stress cooperation and teamwork, and can involve the whole family.

The outdoors is an essential part of the Beaver Scout program. Weekend events, picnics, short nature hikes and family based camping opportunities round out the Beaver Scout experience. Beavers meet in a group called a colony. The colony is split into smaller groups called lodges. There is one Scouter for every eight  Beavers. Each Beaver learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.


Beaver Scouts started in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the program was approved by the National Council as a three year experiment in May, 1972. It became an overnight success prompting Scouts Canada to adopt it as an official program in 1974. Since that time, many other countries have modeled similar programs after our Beaver Scouts program. Thanks to Beaver Scouts and similar programs in other countries, youth throughout the world are able to join Scouting at a much earlier age.

The Beaver Scouts Program stems from the book Friends of the Forest, written specifically for Beavers. The book describes how the Jones family have come to live in the clearing along the river bank and how they quickly become aware of their new neighbors, a colony of beavers that also live along the river bank. The story illustrates how the beaver colony observes the Jones family, giving them names and then eventually how the beavers meet the members of the Jones family, Mom, Dad and their three children.

Becoming a Beaver:

Beaver Scouts is a program for children ages 5-7. Seven-year-old Beaver Scouts receive an introduction to the Cub Scout program where they can continue their Scouting adventure.

A new member begins as a Kit and works to become a White Tail Beaver.

Parents, you can help your children learn the Beaver Law, Promise and Motto and even help them learn what to do at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Beaver Promise:

I promise to love God and help take care of the world.

Beaver Law:

A Beaver has fun, works hard and helps his family and friends.

Beaver Motto:

Sharing, Sharing, Sharing