Posted: 21/03/2015 at 17:14
I've been giving your query some thought, and I wonder if it is a truly viable project. Sorry if that sounds so negative, and I really hate to pour cold water on your enthusiasm, but you say you have a decent bit of land for the project - but don't say where. Is it by, say, the Scout Hut? Or at the local allotment site?
You see, the location could make a lot of difference: you will only have the Beavers for an hour per week, and they won't want to be gardening every week through the summer term. They may start off as being enthusiastic - but you may very well find that you and your assistant leaders end up doing most of the work.
So here's my two penn'orth: why not aim for simple salad crops that will mostly look after themselves (well, with just a bit of TLC from you and the kids!). You could work mainly with lettuce (and I know you would end up with a lot) but you could mark out a circle for the World Membership badge i.e. a circle with the Scout spearhead in the middle. The normally purple background could be red lettuce, such as red salad bowl or lollo rosso, and the spearhead itself could be green lettuce bowl or similar. The stars could me picked out in red lettuce. The edging? Well, if you're feeling brave, you could try to do a fancy reef knot at the top, but simple edging would probably be simplest. Perhaps simple annual flowers, low-growing like Alyssum?
Obviously there will be some need for watering and weeding, but the results will be pretty rapid (which is what you want) and if you take a series of photos, ending with what would hopefully be an eye-catching Scout badge, you could gain extra publicity in the local paper, Scouting magazine etc etc. Result!
Other people are welcome to pick holes in my suggestion - but it was the best I could think of given the constraints of time (both from sowing to cropping and maintaining weekly interest of youngsters).
PS I used to run both Beavers and Cubs. Lovely little cherubs (!) not all of whom could always be relied on to co-operate to the full on a long-term project. Even the older Cubs were unlikely to keep up their full interest for a whole term - especially the Summer Term when they wanted to get out and about, build bivvies and camp etc.