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Beaver Scout forums

A Beavers youth forum is the perfect way to get young people involved in all aspects of Scouting, from thinking about programme ideas to planning camps and events.

Log chews are the most frequently used forum in Beaver Scouts. They provide an ideal opportunity to allow Beaver Scouts to express their opinions on the programme and past activities and get involved in Colony planning.

All young people’s views are valuable and all young people have the right to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Young people who are less confident or have difficulties with communicating or working with others may need extra support or flexibility to express their opinions and views. It is important to enable all young people to play an active role, to achieve meaningful youth involvement in the section.

Running a log chew

Log chews are flexible, and there isn't one formal set of guidelines on how they must be run. The leadership team can decide how they think it will work best for their Colony. However, leaders must be prepared to listen to and act upon feedback given by the Beavers, and explain why things are done in a particular way.

All young people’s views are valuable and all young people have the right to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Young people who are less confident or have difficulties with communicating or working with others may need extra support or flexibility to express their opinions and views. It is important to enable all young people to play an active role, to achieve meaningful youth involvement in the section.

Some young people may have difficulties with things like taking turns, or find it difficult to share their ideas verbally or in a group setting.  Some young people will need more time than others, to process and form their ideas.

Don’t underestimate the ability of all young people to give their views. There are lots of different ways that feelings and ideas can be communicated.

To help you organise a successful log chew, you can use the following tried and tested steps as a guide. This also includes some practical ideas and tips which could be used, to support all young people to express their opinions/views.  Having a number of methods for young people contribute will be beneficial and more engaging/fun, for all young people. 

Encouraging turn-taking
Communication

Making it fun
Planning ahead
The Beaver Scouts should be encouraged to express their opinions on a number of topics:

It is important that leaders keep a note on the feedback they get, and use this to shape the programme, so that the Beavers can see their opinions are being listened to.

 

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