Ceremonies

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Beaver Ceremonies

Coloured Beaver Hats

Tail Slap (Opening)

Leader calls 'River Banks' All Beavers and Leaders form two lines to mark the banks of a river
Leader calls 'Build a Dam' All join hands to close the ends of the river and form a circle to form the Beaver pond.
Leader calls 'Drop Hands' All drop hands and stand in a circle
Leader says 'Shhhhh' Leader will crouch into chopping position.
Leader says 'Who are we?'  
All say 'Beavers, Beavers, Beavers'  
Leader says 'What do we do?'  
All say 'Sharing, Sharing, Sharing'  
All say 'Whaooooo' All slowly stand up, then jump and slap hands behind back. This is a tail slap.
All recite Promise and Law  
Leader says 'Lodging' All sit in Lodging position to start the meeting.

Lodging (Closing)

Leader calls 'River Banks' All Beavers and Leaders form two lines to mark the banks of a river
Leader calls 'Build a Dam' All join hands to close the ends of the river and form a circle to form the Beaver pond.
  Beavers drop hands.
Leader says 'shhhh' Beavers go to chopping position
Leader says 'Sleeping, Sleeping, Sleeping'.  
All say 'Goodnight ____'
(to each leader in turn)
All give a tail slap
All yell 'Goodnight Beavers' All give GIANT tail slap

Investiture Ceremony

When a youth joins the Beavers he/she is a "Kit". This is a term used to describe a young Beaver. Kits may wear the Beaver hat and vest but NOT the neckerchief or other additional badges. To become invested a Kit must know the Beaver Promise, Law, Salute, and Beaver Motto.

Parents are invited to participate in the Investiture Ceremony, as this is a special time for the Beavers.

Tail Ceremonies

There are four tail levels in the Beaver program. They are the physical recognition of a child’s growth and development. A Beaver progresses through them according to their age and/or their school grade.

Beavers change their tails once a year to signify their growth. Beavers wear only one tail at a time and may put their old tails on their campfire blanket or vest.

Swimming-Up Ceremony

This ceremony marks a special occasion in a young child’s life because this is the moment they join the Cub pack and take the first big step toward becoming a Wolf Cub. Parents are invited to attend this ceremony in the spring.

Swim Up is generally done at the end of the year, along with the Cubs moving up ceremony. White Tail Beavers wear their Cub uniform under their Beaver vest along with their Beaver hat. During the ceremony, the White Tail Beavers say goodbye to their Beaver friends and leaders. White Tail Beavers swim, without even getting their feet wet, up to the Cub pack where they are met by Akela and welcomed into the pack as Tenderfoots. During the transition, the Beavers remove their vests and hats, and are now in Cub uniform.

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