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Moving up to Beavers

Between the ages of 5¾ and 6½, it's usually time for Squirrels to move up to Beaver. Here's what to expect when the time comes.

Moving on to Beavers is a really exciting time, but you might also feel a little sad about saying farewell to some of your fellow Squirrels. This is an understandable reaction to change and it’s okay to feel nervous and unsure.

In the run-up to your last night at Squirrels, your Squirrel leader will talk to your new Beaver leader – who you may have already met during joint activities. Together, they’ll make the move as easy as possible for you.

Although most Squirrels move up to Beavers between the ages of 5¾ and 6 ½, leaders can be flexible in cases where a Squirrel may need a bit more time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances. Generally, they'll also have a think about when your friends are moving, and time things so that you can start your new adventure together where possible.

To get you extra prepared, your leader might tell you about the Moving on Award. Completing it involves spending at least three weeks with a Beaver section, while keeping up your normal routine at Squirrels. During that time, you’ll see what Beavers is really like – getting to know your new leaders, making new friends and participating in lots of new and exciting activities. Keep an eye out, as you might even spot some familiar faces from when you first started at Squirrels!

If you move to a new area, the Scout Support Centre can provide what you need to find a new Drey or Colony and get settled. Contact them to find out more.

In the right circumstances, yes. Everyone at Scouts should face a similar amount of challenge, and everyone’s individual needs are always taken in account when making decisions. More information on flexibility and reasonable adjustments can be found at Generally, leaders will keep to the suggested age ranges, unless young people need a little extra time due to additional needs or exceptional circumstances. 

When the time to take the leap does come, our visual resources are ideal for those who need a bit of extra help. They’re particularly useful for young people with additional needs – and young people on the autism spectrum - especially if prone to increased anxiety around change.

Beavers moving on award

By moving on to Beavers and going to some meetings, Squirrels can earn one last badge: the Squirrel Scouts Moving On Award.

This can help support those who are getting ready to say goodbye to their section.

Check out the award >