We received a phone call last week to ask us to attend the National Beaver challenge in Strahan Scout Centre in County Laois. We were plesantly surprised as we did not think our “Happy Hippies” had qualified from the county challenge. So with some last minute craming off we went.
It was a very well organised event with 16 teams from several scout counties.
There were 8 bases and our beavers were excellent in both knowledge, skill and team work. Before lunch we were in the forest section were we did Bivving (made a shelter with a tarp and fallen branches and no rope in site), Backwoods (lighting a fire, firesafety and cooking on a fire), Track and trail and a water stage (raced homemade boats).
After lunch we moved to the stages around the centre were the bases involved Air (making paper aeroplanes and parachutes), Pioneering (making tripods with bamboo), Firstaid (slings and recovery position) and a fun stage which helped with teamwork (tug o war, dodgeball and lead the blind).
Although we didn’t place the Beavers had a very enjoyable day and despite snow on the ground in the morning we had dry sunny conditions.
It was all finished 0ff with a badge presentation by Karen Fee, National Beaver Commissioner.