Eager beavers help autism charity

Gordon District Beaver Scouts have raised £1,000 for the National Autistic Society Scotland (NAS) by holding a fabulous fun day.

Over 200 adventurous scouts, aged between six and eight years old, held a Fun Day in Daviot for 350 children and adults. Visitors were able to try out a range of dynamic activities, including archery, balancing on logs, creating giant bubbles and even walking along a rope bridge, space-hopper racing and a water slide for the first time. Smoothie-making and cake-baking fun was also on offer.

The children took part in a range of exciting activities, all designed to build confidence and team-building skills in a safe and fun environment while raising money for NAS Scotland.

An estimated 50,000 Scots have autism, 2,500 estimated to live in Aberdeenshire. People with autism experience severe challenges with communication and social situations.

Beaver Scouts belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months.

Dr Robert Moffat, National Director of NAS Scotland said: “NAS Scotland is thrilled with the generosity of everyone involved with the Beaver Scout Fun Day. The time and imagination put into their fundraising by the Beaver Scouts is nothing short of fantastic. Their efforts will help positively transform the lives of people with autism and their families.”

Lynne Spencer, Assistant District Beaver Scout Commissioner of the Gordon District Beaver Scouts said, “Everyone had a fantastic time on the Fun Day. Not even a little rain could dampen their spirits. It is very important to our organisation that all children have the opportunity to increase their confidence and team-building skills – while having a great time. Thanks to the support of other Scouters, Beaver Scout Leaders and parents across Aberdeenshire who attended the event, the day was an outstanding success, and a great result for NAS Scotland.”