A year ago, the Beavers in Mobberley along with all other members of Scouting received the devastating news that their meetings could no longer take place face to face due to the pandemic. Never one to be daunted by such restrictions, experienced Beaver Leader Alison Wright quickly switched her regular Monday meetings to on-line meetings, and has met every single Monday evening ever since (including school holidays and Bank holidays). These meetings have been so successful, new Beavers have joined the group resulting in this growth being rewarded by new County Commission, Dave Hopley with a certificate and a letter of thanks.
During these meetings, the Beavers have learnt new skills such as cooking and sign language, and have played games and shared activities together like quizzes, drawing, storytelling, gardening projects, scavenger hunts, celebrating special occasions and a very popular Bring a Pet meeting on Zoom. They even had a fancy dress beach party. Alison said “it was very important for me that we were able to continue our Scouting journey together on line and we have used Facebook Live and Zoom to achieve this. It was clear to me that lockdown would have a detrimental effect on the mental wellbeing of our young people, so by continuing to meet has enabled us all to stay in touch with each other, to achieve badges and to laugh together as we create memories every single week. To be rewarded with a celebration of growth is the icing on the top of the cake.”
The Beavers have also provided a Donation Station at the Willows Care Home to enable visitors to leave gifts, cards and donations for the staff and residents without having to disturb the staff – the chest of drawers is situated in the outside porch. Bevers have been dropping off gifts on their exercise walks.
With the easing of lockdown, it is hoped the Beavers can soon resume meeting face to face and the first activity will be a traditional evening of fire lighting and toasting marshmallows, closely followed by den building and learning survival skills.
Group Scout Leader, Kim McLachlan said
“I received this in the post today from Cheshire Scouts and would like to say a huge thank you to you Alison Wright for everything you have done for the Beavers since the beginning of the Pandemic back in March 2020.
The certificate reflects on the excellent work you have done for the group. I truly admire your drive and perseverance in keeping the Beavers engaged and delivering as much of the program as possible to those that wanted to join.
So again, thank you for being THE BEST Beaver Leader, I’m sure your Colony would agree!
Alison has been running Beavers at 1st Mobberley since October 2019 – she re-started the group after loss of leaders forced its closure in July 2019. If you would like to help these young people learn skills for life, if you enjoy the outdoors and want to share that passion, please contact Alison on 07881 886176 or email email@example.com. Beavers meet in Mobberley every Monday evening from 5.30 to 6.30.