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The History of the Beaver Scout Program


2011 - A New Look For Beaver Scouts (Bill Kowalchyk)

On November 15, 2004, Scouts Canada's youngest section (5-7 years) celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its launch as an official program.

Just as younger boys wanted to become involved in Scouting in the early years, in Canada during the sixties, even younger boys wanted to become involved in Cubbing.

It was Scouting officials in Winnipeg who, in 1971, decided that it was time to do something for these younger boys. They began an experimental program called Beavers for boys 5, 6 & 7 years of age. The experiment was such a success that in 1972 it was made a country-wide, experimental program by the National Council. Finally, on November 15, 1974, Beavers Canada was made an official program section of Scouts Canada.

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1978 - A Pair of Early Beavers (Ed Kowalchyk)
1978 - A Pair of Early Beavers (Ed Kowalchyk)

Since then, the Beaver section has continued to flourish. Other countries, too, have looked at our Beaver program and have introduced similar programs for their younger boys.  These include Tiger Cubs BSA (US), Beaver Scouts (UK), Joey Scouts (Australia) to name a few.  The program went co-ed along with the rest of Scouts Canada in 1998!

In 2010, the program was renamed "Beaver Scouts" as part of Scouts Canada's rebranding initiative.

 

15th Strathcona has been providing the Beaver Scout program since the early experimental days, opening our Beaver Scout section in the fall of 1973.

We celebrate the history of "Beavering" with a brief look back at the Eager Beavers who have spent time in our Pond over the years.

Happy Birthday, Beavers, here's to 30 more!

1983 - Leading The Parade (Ed Kowalchyk)
1983 - Leading The Parade (Ed Kowalchyk)

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1987 - Keeping Busy at Beaver Bee (Dave Trefethen)

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1991 - Swim-Up Night (Dave Trefethen)

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1991 - Hanging Around (Dave Trefethen)

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1997 - Craft Time at Manitou (Marian Appleton)

1997 - Hawkeye Tells a Story (Ken Frankum)
1997 - Hawkeye Tells a Story (Ken Frankum)

1997 - Making Christmas Crafts With Malik
1997 - Making Christmas Crafts With Malik
(Ken Frankum)

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