Add 6pm the new students arrived for their camp at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Walking through the magic portal at Platform 9 3/4 the Beavers entered the main hall where they were sorted into the 4 Houses.
Once unpacked we went for a magic camp fire and hot dogs.
The next morning we went for a walk in the forbidden forest before a hearty breakfast.
We designed our own House Crests played Quiditch and eat soooo much food.
As Chinese New Year is tomorrow we decided to give the Beavers a small taste of Chinese Culture.
They made red gift envelopes, tried some authentic Chinese food (not fro the take away), had a go at adding up in the Chinese style, did some colouring & demonstrated their skills with chop sticks
On Monday the Beavers were very fortunate to be allowed in to the Patchway Fire station for a guided tour and to learn all about fire safety. The Beavers learnt about the tings, other that putting out fires, that the fire service might be called out to deal with. We learnt about fire safety in our homes and inspected the main fire engine. All the Beavers (and leaders) were very well behaved and at the end we said a very large THANK YOU to the firemen for letting us into their station.
The Beavers spent Saturday night at the panto watching Cinderella. Everyone was exceeding well behaved and had a great time.
A big thank you to Helen for organising the night, especially the ice cream during the interval.
Same again next year please.
Tonight the beavers got all creative and Christmasy; decorating chocolate logs with chocolate flavoured butting icing - Because there is no such thing as too much chocolate over Christmas.
A big thanks to Jane who showed the Beavers how to make their chocolate log and what it should look like
And here are a few photos of the Beavers decorating their chocolate logs and the finished result.
Having had a slice of one all I can say is they are great and contain to calories as its for Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching the Beavers have begun to prepare for our annual visit to Osborne Court to perform a couple of Christmas Carols for the residents.
So far we have masters volume, we just need timing and pitch.
The beavers all got creative and festive this evening, producing Christmas decorations to go on their trees at home this year.
The leaders would like to express how proud we all our of the beavers for how well they listened to Richard on Monday. With the build up to the 100 year Centenary of WW1 we sat the Beavers down and they listened to The Last Post and Richard telling them about WW1 for around 15 minutes. None of them needed to be told to 'shoosh' and they all paid rapt attention - Well done Beavers.
After listening the Beavers were shown how to make a Bi-plan, photos of which you can see below.
Last night the Beavers visited the apple store at Cribbs Causeway to learn to code. Everyone listened very well and was on their best behaviour.
Each team was given an ipad to program their little robotic ball. We got the balls going, forwards, back wards, spinning, changing colour, got them to speak to us and even go through a maze.
On Friday both Beaver Colonies met up at Olveston Scout Hall for our Autumn sleep over. 28 young people arrived and begun to set up their beds.
The hall very quickly began to feel very small with 28 sleeping bags and other kit spread our around the edge, so we knew we were going to be nice and snug, even with the predicted wind an rain.
James bravely volunteered to try and get the camp fire going with the meagre log pile that was left for us. Success.
The Beavers seemed to enjoy watching the leaders lead a camp fire sing song and even joined in with some of the songs - especially Father Abraham.
After toasting marshmallows it was time of the Beavers to get into their sleep clothing, snuggle down and watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs. The sound of 28 young people giggling is rather wonderful.
Lights out was about 10pm and the final Beaver was asleep by about 11.
Saturday morning and we gave up trying to get the Beavers back to sleep at 6am. By 7 we were ready to go out for our hike to earn our breakfast. We walked for about an hour, by which point everyone was more than ready to tuck into bacon, eggy bread and beans.
We spend the morning working on the first aid badge and studying kitchen safety.
After a break it was time of the Beavers to work towards their Cooks badge.
We made fruit cocktails, Armpit fudge and 'bum sandwiches' - Don't worry, we gave them a proper lunch afterwards.
We also had lots of fun running around, being loud, chasing each other and burning of lots of energy
OSR Scout Troop having spent a couple of weeks writing prayers and choosing hymns with Karen put it all together today at St. Michaels Church for all the other uniform groups from Stoke Gifford. Scouts read, sang, collected donations, flags, helped people to their seats, gave out harvest bread and much more.
The service was fab with lots of food donations collected for Filton Food Bank with cheerful harvest hymns, thought provoking readings and thoughtful prayers. Thank you for all putting in so much effort, proud of you all.