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Beavers (ages 5- 7)


Meeting Nights: Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

City View United Church   -  6 Epworth Ave.    -  See Map  




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Beaver Tales Update (January 2011)

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Beaver Tales
September 2011
Welcome to New and Returning Beavers!
It is always a pleasure to see our new and returning Beavers every September. We hope
that you have had a safe and happy summer. We are looking forward to a great season.
There are lots of fun themes and activities planned.
Weekly Meetings
Our weekly meetings run from 6:30-7:30PM on Monday evenings at Cityview United
Church. Meetings are usually cancelled on holiday Mondays, such as Thanksgiving. We
do a lot of active games and we go outdoors when the weather permits. As such, please
make sure your child comes to meetings with appropriate footwear. Since the Church
lacks a water fountain, we would ask that Beavers come with a water bottle, clearly
labeled with their name.
Jackpine Trail Outing
On Saturday, September 24th, we will be doing a nature walk at the Jackpine trail.
This is part of the Stony Swamp trail system and it can be reached from Moodie Drive
(Parking Lot 9). The walk will happen from 9:30-11:30AM. Parents and siblings are
welcome to join us! If possible, please RSVP by Thursday September 22nd, so we know
what kind of numbers to expect. If you are dropping off your child, please let us know in
advance, such that we can remain within the 1:3 adult-to-youth ratio required by Scouts
Canada. This is a free event. Please bring a water bottle, appropriate outdoor shoes,
hat, and a snack (although we have also been known to provide a treat on the trail!).
Apple Day
Each year, our Colony participates in Scout Apple Day, which is one of our major
fundraising events. This year, Apple Day will be on Saturday October 1st, from 10AM-
3PM. We will be at the new Walmart on Baseline Road. We would like Beavers and
parents to volunteer, where possible, to do a 1-hour shift. If you are interested, please
let us know at your earliest convenience which time period you would prefer. A separate
e-mail will be sent closer to the date, advising of exact times and shift schedules.
The Beaver uniform consists of a hat, a vest, and a necker (which is given at the
Investiture - see below). The uniforms for Scouts Canada groups have recently been
re-designed. However, it is not necessary to go out and purchase the new uniform;
almost all of our Beavers are wearing the old uniform and this is perfectly fine!! If your
child requires a uniform, please check with one of the leaders before purchasing a new
one, as we have several of the old version vests and hats that have been recycled from
past members. We would like each Beaver to have a complete uniform before the Tail
Ceremony and Investiture.
Tail Ceremony and Investiture
Our Tail Ceremony will take place during the September 26th meeting. At this
ceremony, the Beavers receive a tail to fasten to their hats. The colour corresponds to
their age - brown for the 5-year olds, blue for the 6-year olds, and white for the 7-year
olds. The tail ceremony is a significant event in the life of a Beaver. It shows how he or
she has grown over the past year, as the brown tail becomes a blue tail, and the blue tail
becomes a white tail.
The Investiture is a ceremony in which new Beavers are officially welcomed
or “invested” into our Beaver Colony. At this time, they receive their neck-scarf
or “necker”, as well as a woggle to fasten it. This year, our Investiture will take place
during the October 17th meeting. The parent of the new Beaver is asked to stay with
their child as he or she is invested. It is a very special ceremony with lots of picturetaking
and some yummy treats!
Please save your shoeboxes!!
Prior to the Tail Ceremony, we will be making “Beaver Boxes” which our Beavers can use
to store their “old’ tail once they receive their new one. This is also handy for storing
miscellaneous “treasures” they pick up throughout the year. If possible, please save
your shoeboxes for this purpose; they can be given to Rainbow on or before September
26th. Thanks in advance!
In keeping with Scouting tradition, a Fall Beaveree is planned this year. This is a large
combined event in which Beavers and leaders from many colonies in our area come
together for a day of games, special activities, songs, and crafts. The date is Saturday,
October 15th, and more details will follow soon.
E-mail List
If you have any questions about our Beaver Colony, meetings, or upcoming events, please
don’t hesitate to e-mail us 115.beavers@gmail.com and we will reply as soon as possible.
Contact information for specific Beaver leaders is given below. We routinely send the
Beaver tales newsletter, as well as other important updates, via e-mail. If you wish to
receive these e-mail notices, please ensure that we have your current e-mail address and
we will add you to our distribution list. Thanks in advance!
The website for our Colony can be found at: http://115thphscouts.tripod.com/id17.html
You can subscribe to the Colony’s calendar using any iCal client via the following address:
If you have any questions or comments, you can reach one of the colony leaders listed
● Robert Gill (Rusty), rob.c.gill@gmail.com, 613-723-3426
● Heidi Gruber-Lagacé (Rainbow), gabrielsmum@gmail.com, 613-226-7656
● Peter O'Connor (Hawk Eye), p_oconnor@rogers.com, 613-321-1744
● Debbie Myers (Sunshine), myers_18@sympatico.ca, 613-274-3707
● Erin Lang (Bubbles), eblang@rogers.com, 613-727-7369
● Dawn McLeod, photographer, beaverpics115@gmail.com

NOTE:  Meeting location changed due to the closing of Parkwood Hills Public School