Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between eight and eight years six months.

Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.

The Beaver Scout Motto is 'Fun & Friends'. Lots of games and trips will make sure you have plenty of each! You will be able to make things, to sing songs, to listen to stories and to visit places like a fire station. You might also be able to have a sleepover, where you spend a night away from home with the rest of the Colony.

Contact: Northern Ireland Commissioner (Beavers) - Barbara Edgar  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association

The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association is a stand-alone organisation which is a feeder organisation to the Scout Movement in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association became affiliated to the Northern Ireland Scout Council in January 2009.

Both organisations have similar objectives and strategic plans to achieve their aims but they are two separate charities each having their own trustee board, management committees and leadership and are structured to work as two separate organisations.

The Northern Ireland Scout Council staff and Commissioners provide administrative and practical support to the Leaders within the Squirrel Dreys around Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association's membership is limited to young people aged four and five years of age living in Northern Ireland. Squirrels have their own uniform and badge system. All matters of programme training and administration are handled in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Squirrel Association.

The Squirrel Association has its own policies and all leaders are subject to vetting through AccessNI. Policies include Child Protection Policy, Safety Policy, Religious Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.

NB. Squirrel Association members do not wear the Scout Membership or any other Scout badges as they are not members of the Scout Association.