Our Beavers have recently spent an evening at Woodhall Lake looking at some of the leaves, plants and animals that can be found there during spring.
Woodhall Lake is a man made fishing lake near to the hamlet of Woodhall Hills. It dates from the 19th century, and is now swathed in mature woodland with some open fields nearby. It is, in short, ideal for local Scouting.
The goal for the evening was to provide the Beavers with a nature ramble towards their Adventure Challenge award. We wanted this to be fun, so decided that a scavenger hunt would work well. Usefully, the Woodland Trust provides all sorts of activities like this, so planning was easy. Trust the experts, as they say!
As it was the last meeting before Easter, we thought it would be nice to hide Creme Eggs in the woods around Woodhall Lake. Having checked dietary requirements, allergies etc first of course!
The Beavers had a great time finding these. It also encouraged them to look closely at their surroundings. A win win as far as we are concerned. Thankfully, the weather had not been as bad as we had expected. This meant that the Beavers could rummage a bit without getting too dirty!
A Fond Farewell
Lastly, it was time to say goodbye to three of our Beavers. They have now started Cubs, and we wanted to mark the occasion with a good ‘swimming up’ ceremony.
Once again, Woodhall Lake came up with the goods. We arranged the Beavers at one end of the boardwalk, with some Cub Leaders at the other. Once the Beavers had all said their goodbyes, the three new Cubs made their way across to Cubs, accompanied by a cry of “you’re a Cub, get yourself out of here.”