Uniform & Gear

Beaver Scouts wear a uniform consisting of a neckerchief with woggle, a blue jumper and navy blue trousers. Your Scouter will let you know what is appropriate to wear on activities and at meetings. Beaver Scouts in Sea Scouting Groups may wear a navy blue jumper.
For ceremonies and special occasions we make a big effort to wear our uniform with pride.

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By going on adventures you will learn what is best to wear and what stuff to bring.
Ask your Scouters for advice and your parents will help too. Do listen to them as they will know what you need to stay comfortable and safe.

Hike Gear List

Clothing

Irish weather is predictably unpredictable and temperatures drop in wind and with height-gain. Best solution is layers that the Beaver Scout can remove/add depending on conditions. Breathable fabrics (e.g. sports tops) work better than cotton in wet conditions. Fleeces are lighter than wool. They’ll get cold and wet wearing jeans – go for jog pants or hiking type trousers. Don’t forget a warm hat, a sun hat and gloves – we get all types of weather in a day in Ireland. 

Raingear

Raingear is vital – a hooded jacket and over trousers. The emphasis is on being rain proof. Warmth can be handled by wearing extra layers underneath. 

Boots

Hiking boots are vital – can be expensive but bad footwear makes unhappy Beaver Scouts. Buy boots in a camping/hiking shop and get the best fit you can so they don’t rub – not too tight. Stiffer boots protect ankles from twists/breaks on rough ground. Trainers/wellies are dangerous on hillwalks. Note: New boots should be well broken in at home before being used on a hike.

Gaiters

Gaiters (knee to ankle) protect boots and socks from mud and water – a good optional extra for the Beaver Scout that does a lot of hiking in the hills.

Rucksacks

A small rucksack (school bag size) for lunch and layers on day-hikes

Sleepover Gear List

The items below are in addition to the Hike Gear List above

Rucksacks

Instead of the small backpack needed for hiking for a camp a Beaver Scout needs a bag large enough for all their equipment.  A 55-65 litre sack will be about right. 85 litre sacks are for expeditions/adults.

Sleeping Bag

Get an adult sized 2-3 season sleeping bag as they'll grow into it.

Sleeping Mat

A Roll-mat is ideal – this foam or thin inflatable mat insulates the Scout from the cold of the ground when camping. Yoga mats don’t work, campbeds are too bulky, and full airbeds are way too bulky for a Beaver Scout to carry and inflate.

Tents, camp stoves, boats etc will be provided by your Group.

Other items your Beaver Scout will gather over time include a first aid kit, personal survival kit, compass etc.

Where to shop?

Uniform, Gear and Badges can all be bought from The Scout Shop in Cork, Dublin or Online!