Beaver Scouts in Cambridge

Cambridge District Scout Archives

The first Pre-Cub scheme was set up in Northern Ireland by the 1st Dromore Group in 1963 and was called The Little Brothers; it was given the official name of ‘Beavers’ in 1966, this name having been considered by Robert Baden-Powell when creating Wolf Cubs. The section was renamed Beaver Scouts in 1974.  Beaver Scouts were trialled in Scotland after the Wellbeloved Report supported Pre-Cub organisations.

1974                CSG reports the ‘Association is still looking at younger section or reducing the age range (of Cubs)’

1976                Under eights   After lengthy and full consideration ‘Any provision by Scout Groups or District for boys under that age must be a service to the local community.’

1982                In October 1982 Beavers were introduced throughout the United Kingdom following trials in Northern Ireland and Scotland before officially becoming part of The Scout Association and the World Scout Organisation on 1 April 1986.

Cambridge Archives

Before Beavers The involvement of under eight year old’s prior to 1983 is evident from archive records.  A Cub leader, ‘enthusiastic but misguided’, was found to have been recruiting boys under eight and advising them to say, if asked, that they were eight. 

1983                The 26th Cambridge completed the first and only census returns for Beavers in Cambridge District for that year.  It was stressed that it was not purely a feeder Lodge for the 26th pack.

1984                54th Opened Beaver colony

Census returns for years after 1983 are not yet available in the Cambridge District archives.

JWR Archivist Jan 2019