Moving up to Beavers

Between the ages of 5 3/4 and 6, it's usually time for Squirrels to move up to Beavers. Here's what to expect when the time comes.

Moving on to Beavers is a really exciting time, but you might also feel a little sad about saying farewell to some of your fellow Squirrel Scouts. This is an understandable reaction, and it’s okay to feel nervous and unsure.

In the run up to your last night at Squirrel Scouts, your Squirrel leader will talk to your new Beaver leader – who you may have already met during joint activities. Together, they’ll make the move as easy as possible for you.

Although most Squirrel Scouts move up to Beavers between the ages of 5 3/4 and 6 1/4, leaders can be flexible in cases where a Squirrel Scout may need a bit more time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances. Generally, they’ll also have a think about when your friends are moving, and time things so that you can start your new adventure together where possible.

To get you extra prepared, your leader might tell you about the Moving on Award. Completing it involves spending at least three weeks with a Beaver section, while keeping up your normal routine at Squirrel Scouts. During that time, you’ll see what Beavers is really like – getting to know your new leaders, making new friends and participating in lots of new and exciting activities. Keep an eye out, as you might even spot some familiar faces from when you first started at Squirrel Scouts!

If you move to a new area, the Scout Information Centre can provide what you need to find a new Squirrel Drey and get settled. Contact them to find out more.

In the right circumstances, yes. Everyone at Scouts should face a similar amount of challenge, and everyone’s individual needs are always taken in account when making decisions. More information on flexibility and reasonable adjustments can be found at Generally, leaders will keep to the suggested age ranges, unless young people need a little extra time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances.

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