How to earn your award
As well as the guidance below, Programmes Online and the Beaver Scout Games Book contain lots of activity ideas that you could use to deliver this badge.
Beavers are individuals and working in teams can be a new experience for some of them. The ability to cooperate and work in small teams is very important in Scouting, and the Beaver teamwork award is designed to encourage and assist Beavers in developing this skill.
Young people who have difficulties with communicating or working with others, may need extra support or flexibility to achieve this award. This includes many young people on the autism spectrum. For example, young people may find it more difficult to taking turn, express themselves or understand the concepts involved (eg what it means to be a good friend or team member).
This Challenge Award is a great way to focus on the individual young person and how Scouting can benefit them, and contribute to their personal development. It can build on and apply any learning the young person is doing at school or home, in a supportive and fun environment.
Below and under each requirement, are some practical tips to help you support all young people to achieve this award. For a young person who has autism or another additional need affecting their communication or social skills, it may also be useful to speak to the parent/carer about any specific work being done at school or home.
Take part in at least four different team games
Beavers enjoy playing games, and this is an opportunity for you to play a variety of different games with the Colony. Remember, Scouting should be youth shaped, so involve young people in planning activities in the Programme.
For young people who find working with others more difficult, this could involve developing participation in games or activities that they are already familiar with or already being used in the Section.
Remember to think about how you give the instructions or rules for the activity, to ensure the understanding of all young people. For more information related to autism, click here.
The suggested time period for completing this requirement is 6 weeks, but this could be longer if needed. The key is to ensure the games are spread throughout the Programme rather than concentrated over one or two meetings, as this gives the Beavers a chance to develop their team working skills.
Working with other Beaver Scouts, make something or complete a challenge or activity together
To complete this requirement, Beavers should work in small teams, co-operating and working with each other to achieve a common goal. This could be anything from producing piece of artwork or a junk model, to planting bulbs or completing an experiment.
To encourage young people to start working together, an activity could be used that can only be completed by each member of the team joining in, and could not be completed independently.
Show your leader that you are a helpful team member
Helpful team members co-operate with the other members of their team, working together and communicating.
Teams in Beavers could be their Lodge, games team or activity group. The specific examples will vary from Beaver to Beaver, and could come from participation in a number of types of team.
Young people might need support in understanding what it means to be a ‘helpful team member’. This could be discussed with the whole Colony. Some young people may need a specific example or role that they can take on. For example, keeping time during an activity or encouraging others by saying ‘well done’ etc. These could be displayed visually, to be used as prompts, or for young people to choose a role in the team.
In order to meet this requirement, Beavers need to be able to give their leaders examples of how they were helpful over a period of about six weeks.
Log Chew is an opportunity for Beavers to have their say and shape their Scouting experience. Very often an informal discussion with the Colony, it could involve deciding on a programme activity or game, or where to go on an outing. More information about Log Chews and how to run them can be found here.
Be a leader in an activity or captain of a team in a game
To complete this requirement, a Beaver could be the captain of a football or relay team, picking their fellow team members. They could also lead an activity group, collecting the resources they need and explaining to the rest of their group what they need to do. It may be more appropriate for some Beavers to be responsible for an element of something, rather than leading a whole team. The Leader can be a great role model and demonstrate the role that the young person should take.
Remember, Scouting should be youth shaped. Ask the young people what activity/game they would like to lead. You could suggest an activity/game that is specific to their interests/skills, or an activity/game they are very familiar/confident with.
Demonstrate that you are a good friend
Activities available on Programmes Online can be used to help Beavers develop friendships within the Colony, and understand what it means to be a good friend.
Young people might need specific examples of how they can be a ‘good friend’ (for example, sharing things, asking “do you need some help?”, saying nice things about the other person). This could be discussed as a Colony. This could be part of a structured activity in the Colony– eg. saying or writing something nice about each other, or what another person has done to help you.
If a Beaver has difficulty sharing or taking turns, using a timer or agreeing set times may be useful.