Beavers, District Events

Suffolk Beavers go wild in the woods to celebrate their 30th Birthday.

21 September 2016

Young Beaver scouts from Lowestoft and Waveney joined hundreds of others from across Suffolk at an adventure park in Norfolk on Saturday to celebrate their organisation’s 30th birthday
Almost 1600 Beaver Scouts from Suffolk, comprising boys and girls aged from 5 ¾ to 8 ½ years old, together with leaders and helpers, travelled from all corners of the county to descend on the BeWILDerwood Treehouse Adventure Park in Horning, Norfolk to what was believed the biggest day-out that the Suffolk Beavers Scouts have organised.

Assistant County Commissioner for Beavers, Brian Harvey said, “We were thrilled to welcome the newly appointed UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd to our celebrations and to the delight of the youngsters he joined in some of the activities.

The full day of entertainment, was based on the adventures of magical characters from children’s books written by Tom Blofeld, the creator of the park. These included a tree-walk maze, zip wires, den building, slippery slopes, tunnels and a broken bridge.

Many of the Beaver Scouts also took an active part on the storytelling stage by playing various characters before heading off for a boat ride and to have their faces painted.”
Lowestoft Scouts District Commissioner Mel Buck added “we had Beavers from colonies in Lowestoft, Pakefield, Carlton Colville, Blundeston, Oulton Broad and Southwold at BeWILDerwood and it was wonderful to see so many young boys and girls from our area having a fantastic day climbing, sliding and scrambling around on the various attractions in the woods.”

The day’s festivities concluded with a birthday campfire, singsong, and prize giving when the winner of a countywide competition for the Beavers to design a friend for “Swampy”, one of the park’s characters, was announced. The prize for the best was to be included in a short one off story written by Tom Blofeld.
“No party would be complete without cake and each Beaver colony had brought specially decorated cakes for everyone to enjoy at the end of a wonderful party,” added Mr Harvey

• Next month Cubs in Lowestoft celebrate their 100th anniversary with a special Gang Show to be performed in front of parents and friends over four nights at the Players Theatre in Battery Green Road.