At our Meeting on the 17th March we looked at most of the Global Issues Activity Badge with the last part to be completed when we get back to Face to Face Meetings. This week on the 24th we had a visit ,by Zoom, of a vet who told the Beavers about what it takes to be a vet with the PDSA. She also answered some of the Beaver's questions about animals. We also looked at 5 animals/birds and their habitat and food. There was a task by recognising what bird/ animal was in the picture when it 's picture was revealed a square at a time.
At our meeting on the 8th of February we had various games involving replica pancakes. First the "simple" one just tossing the pancake and catching it then we moved onto tossing on the move, whilst blindfold and facing backwards then turning round and catching it. We also made Valentine cards.
We decided to take a break for Half Term.
Last week we commemorated the Chinese New Year with looking at which animal was the sign for the year you were born. We also looked at what the lucky numbers, colours and characteristics were for different birth years. There was also a word search involving words associated with Chinese New Year celebrations and a True or False Quiz relating to China.
This week we have been looking at My Skills Challenge Award. We looked at teeth and why different animals have different types of teeth. From Teeth it was a natural step to look at food. We asked the Beavers about different foods as to whether they were health or unhealthy. The natural conclusion to that was a spot of exercise not that just doing 5 min exercise once is going to make you healthy and with Lock Down it is too easy not to do any exercise. I know I am missing going for a swim 5 times a week.
For our meeting on Wed 27th Jan we celebrated Burns Night but without any Haggis or bagpipes. Instead we worked on creating some basic poetry and designed a basic tartan. We also revisited the progress being made on the Beaver's Personal Challenge. Just another couple of weeks to go with their good works.
On Wednesday 13th January we tried out a joint meeting of both Colonies. The result was easier for the Leadership Team but the total number of Beavers was lower than the separate meetings the previous week so we will have to see what happens in subsequent weeks before a final decision is made. The subject of the meeting, on Zoom, was a Jungle Adventure. This involved the Beavers learning a few skills such as simple grid references, tying a reef knot, cracking a code, solving a problem and lighting a candle (under parental supervision). They also had to negotiate jungle creepers and tiptoe past a sleeping crocodile. It ticked a few badge boxes and I think they had an enjoyable evening which is after all the main objective.