Moving from Beavers to Cubs is an exciting time for the little ones. They can look forward to more adventurous activities as well as going on more challenging camps.
The importance of adults
Adults have an important role to play in the successful retention of young people between sections. A particularly important aspect of this is to plan ahead to ensure that young people move at the right time for them rather than the time that suits the leaders.
Change can be difficult and as leaders, it is our responsibility to do all we can to continue to support our young people throughout their scouting journey. Remember to use the Moving On Awards when a young person joins a new section in conjunction with our Link Badges and to develop those all-important links between section leaders.
Here are some practical things that all Leaders can do to support young people moving between the sections.
Regularly update your Group Scout Leader on who in your section who is getting ready to move on
Attending District meetings or events will give you the opportunity to meet leaders in your local area
Joint activities help members of both sections get to know each other and feel comfortable with others outside their own section
If a young people needs a bit of extra support in preparing to move on, our visual resources may come in use. They are available with or without symbols, on the Print Centre. The resources are easy to understand and can help to put young people at ease when thinking of making the big move. These may be particularly useful for a young person with additional needs or a young person on the autism spectrum, as this often involves increased anxiety about change or new situations.
The youth resources for each section provide key information for the young person, about their new section.
The role of the Beaver Scout Leader
Talk to Cub Leaders about places in the pack.
Agree visits for Beavers moving on - discuss best nights/activities for them to join in with.
Within the Group agree a standard record keeping system to ease transfer when moving sections.
Work with the Cub Leader to perform a moving on ceremony e.g. ‘Swimming Up’.
The role of the Cub Scout Leader
- Speak to Beaver Leaders about Cubs coming to visit, help the Beavers to complete the Moving On Award and work toward the Membership Award.
- Welcome the visiting Beavers, include them in a Six, assign a Sixer or Seconder to buddy up with the group of incoming Beavers.
- Produce ‘Welcome Packs’ (or use the national version www.tinyurl.com/m67yd86), for young people, their parents to introduce the Cub Scout Section, the activities and awards available.
- Arrange to invest the new Cubs soon after the have left Beavers - you could do this at the swimming up ceremony.
Some great ideas
- As part of the link badge, Beaver Scouts go to both Beavers and Cubs for at least three weeks. You could set them a challenge, for example, to meet at least three new Cubs and remember their names.
- If possible, try to move a Beaver on to Cubs with their group of friends. That way, moving on isn’t as scary.
- Cub Scouts could spend an evening creating welcome invitations for Beavers joining their section. This will help to make the new Cubs feel more at home.
- The Cub Scout Leader could bring some or all of the Sixers, to a Beaver Colony meeting, helping the Beaver Scouts to get to know some of the more senior Cubs in a familiar environment. Give older Cubs the responsibility of supporting a new member - this could go towards their Team Leader Challenge Award.
- Allowing the older Beaver Scouts to attend the Cub Scout meeting for a few weeks, before they stop attending Beaver meetings, helps integrate them into the Cub Pack. Cub Scout Leaders can visit the Beaver Colony regularly, helping the Beaver Scouts to become familiar with the Cub Scout Leaders before the moving-on process.
- The Cub Scout Leader may bring some or all the Sixers from the Cub Pack to the Beaver Colony meeting, helping the Beaver Scouts to get to know some of the most senior Cubs in a familiar environment. The moving-on ceremony is often most important as it provides a clear cut-off from the Beaver Colony for the young people.