Moving up to Beavers

Moving up to Beavers

Continuing your scouting journey

At the age of 6, it's usually time for Squirrels to move up to Beavers.

Here's what to expect when the time comes.

I’m a Squirrel moving on to Beavers. What will happen?

Moving on to Beavers is a really exciting time, but you might also feel a little sad about saying farewell to some of your fellow Squirrels. This is an understandable reaction to change and it’s okay to feel nervous and unsure.

In the run up to your last night at Squirrels, your Squirrel leader will talk to your new Beaver leader – who you may have already met during joint activities. Together, they’ll make the move as easy as possible for you.

Although most Squirrels move up to Beavers in and around the age of 6, leaders can be flexible in cases where a Beaver may need a bit more time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances. Generally, they'll also have a think about when your friends are moving, and time things so that you can start your new adventure together where possible.

I’m the parent of a Squirrel with additional needs. I’m not sure they’re ready for Beavers. Is there flexibility around the age they move on?

In the right circumstances, yes. Everyone at Scouts should face a similar amount of challenge, and everyone’s individual needs are always taken in account when making decisions. Generally, leaders will keep to the suggested age ranges, unless young people need a little extra time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances. 

When the time to take the leap does come, our visual resources are ideal for those who need a bit of extra help. They’re particularly useful for young people with additional needs – and young people on the autism spectrum - especially if prone to increased anxiety around change.

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