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The Programme Zones are delivered using 11 methods, which give the programme variety and range.

Sometimes one method will be more suitable than another. On occasions you may use a number of methods within the same activity. So you should give your Beaver Scouts opportunities to:

Help others

Beaver Scouts understand helping others, though it is usually something they do at home. Incorporating this method into your programme will make them realise that there are many ways to help other people.

Go on visits

This allows Beaver Scouts to expand their horizon by doing something different, either during the weekly meeting or at a weekend.

Play games

Games are always a useful way to explore Programme Zones, and many can be adapted to suit a theme, zone or activity.

Make things

This covers anything from simple drawing to making large items, and includes cooking and using technology in different ways.

Meet new people

Beaver Scouts can broaden their minds by meeting new people and finding out about what they do in their community and how they live.

Act, sing and make music

This method is good for using a Beaver Scout's imagination, and it can also provide opportunities for group work.

Listen to stories

Storytelling is a wonderful way of communicating to children and sharing experiences. It also helps develop listening skills and encourages creative imagination.

Prayer and worship

Pictures and themes can be used to encourage Beaver Scouts to think about others, and getting them to write simple prayers will help them to bring God into their everyday experiences.


Many leaders think their Beaver Scouts chat too much! Used correctly though, it can help them to reinforce the experiences that Scouting provides.

Follow themes

Beavers have vivid imaginations, and themes are a powerful way to capture their interest and make the programme attractive and enjoyable.

Go outdoors

The great outdoors is a core part of the programme for all Scout sections. Taking part in activities and games outdoors encourages Beaver Scouts to appreciate the wonders of the natural world. And let off steam.


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