The Beaver Scouts ‘sleepover’ at the Herne Bay Masonic Centre

The 1st Herne Bay Scout Group has a Beaver Scout “Colony” with 21 members. Beaver Scouts are the youngest members of the Scout Association and are aged from 6 to 8 years. The colony has been run for over 20 years by Mrs Rosemary Norris, wife of the Secretary of the Herne Bay Masonic Centre Benevolent Trust, Worshipful Brother Cliff Norris.

Beaver Scouts are allowed to do one-night “sleepovers” to gain a “Nights Away” badge and Mrs Norris wanted to organise one in January combined with a visit to the King’s Hall to see a pantomime.

The weather conditions in January do not allow for camping outside, and the Scout Hut in Arkley Road, Herne Bay, is unsuitable for a sleepover. Mrs Norris therefore approached the Trustees of the Herne Bay Masonic Centre and asked for permission for the colony to “camp” overnight in the Centre’s dining area.

Permission was given gladly and, with all the hiring and heating costs being met by a kind donation from one of the Brethren, a number of Beaver Scouts slept overnight in dome tents erected, without tent pegs, in the dining area.

This year was their third sleepover and, with 18 Beavers taking part, it was the most successful so far. The colony met at the Centre on the evening of Friday 9th January and after an evening spent playing games, they settled down to sleep.

After breakfast on Saturday morning the Beaver Scouts were taught basic First Aid techniques by Brother Jeff Hammond and his wife Jo who are both qualified First Aid Instructors. This helped all present to earn a First Aid badge in addition to their Nights Away badge.

After lunch the Colony made its way to the Kings Hall to see “Cinderella”.

Herne Bay Freemasons have supported the 1st Herne Bay Scout Group on a number of previous occasions and the tents used by the Beaver Scouts for this sleepover were purchased using funds donated by Brethren.

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