Beavers is the Scout section for Boys & Girls aged 6 to 8.
At the 84th Reading Scout Group our Beaver Scout Colony meets on Fridays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm in Radstock Lane Community Centre during school term times only.

The Colony offers a programme of fun filled activities both in the hall and around the community, including games, hikes, community work, outdoor adventures, water sports, snow sports, visits, sleepover camps and parties.

In Beavers we prioritise the core Scouting values of Fun, Friendship and Adventure. Beavers learn skills for life and build confidence to progress to Cubs after turning 8 years old.

If you are interested in applying for a place for your child to join our Beavers when they are old enough then please fill in a joining form and we will add them to our waiting list.

Places in our Colony will be allocated based on our waiting list policy; we will contact you to confirm your child has been added to our waiting list and then if and when a space is available for your child to join our Colony.

If you are aged over 18 and would like to join our enthusiastic team of Leaders please fill in a volunteering form.


Purple Membership badge and green group badges are awarded when Beavers are first invested.
Yellow activity badges are earned in one or two sessions. Blue activity badges are staged badges which have a number on – when sewing on a higher number the lower number badge should be removed and can be sewn on a camp blanket.
Red challenge badges require many sessions to complete and when all 6 have been collected and the Beaver has attended a sleepover camp they will earn the Chief Scout Bronze award.
Badges are awarded at our badge ceremony at the end of each half-term.

Meeting Information

Meeting times: Fridays 5:30pm – 6:45pm – arrive before 5:30pm.
Meeting every Friday during school term times.

Meeting location: Radstock Lane Community Centre, RG6 5UL.
But many sessions will be out and about in the local community.

What to bring: Uniform, neckerchief, woggle, water bottle.
In warm weather a hat and Beavers t-shirt can be worn. Sun cream should be applied in advance.

New Beavers

Beavers join at the beginning of each team, and will make their scouting promise at the investing ceremony after attending at least 4 sessions. New Beavers can wear normal clothes for the first few sessions, but should wear uniform once invested.

Parents can stay for the first session to help their child settle in, but after the first session should not attend every week. Parents help least twice per term as part of a parent rota published at the beginning of each term.


The uniform consists of a Beavers t-shirt and Beavers Jumper which need to be purchased from the Woodley Scout Shop. You don’t need to buy a neckerchief or woggle as this is presented after your Beaver has made their promise.

If you need to buy any official Beaver, Cub or Scout Uniform or any other Scouting Items (e.g. Camp Blankets), the Scout Shop can be found within the grounds of 1st Woodley!

 Shop times:

  • Thursday 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that the shop now prefers card payment.

You can visit the District Scout Shop website here –

Woodley Scout Shop
The Close, Southlake Crescent, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3QL