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Our Hillwalking team is here to offer on the hill/mountain experience to leaders who want to get a hill walking permits, or to offer trips to troops and units whose leaders don't have the relevant permits.

The team is also available to run training in map reading and compass skills this can be done at a pack, troop or unit night.

Contact John Tomlinson for more details


Pioneering is a key scout skill that is in danger of being lost.
Our new Pioneering team are here to help run troop evenings or training sessions for leaders on how to use and learn Pioneering.

Pioneering can be loads of fun, it's not just about building flag poles. Our team can teach you how to build catapults among a whole host of other exciting objects

Contact Paddy Riley for more details


Welcome to the Derbyshire Scouts Activities page

These pages are dedicated to the range of activities offered by Derbyshire Scouts. We hope you find the information you require. If you don't, please contact the .

Scouting offers a huge range of activities and events. These range from Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI), adventerous activities such as Caving, Climbing, Canoeing etc and to traditional Scout pioneering and map & compass skills.

In Derbyshire we have a number of Scout Activity centres and Campsites along with a number of activity Advisors. Please see the links below to help you in your quest to find an activity.

Nick CowardACC Activities

Activity Events

Activation is a full day event of activities that will be laid on by the County Active Support Units

The event takes place near Carsington Water and is a one day event (Saturday for Scouts & Explorers, Sunday for Cubs). Activities will include rock climbing, sailing, caving, archery & air rifle, geocaching, mountain biking, crate stacking, survival skills & canoeing to name a few.

For more details, please go to the Activation page

The Big Shoot 2019 will be held on the 11th & 12th May 2019

The Big Shoot is an annual Archery and Air Rifle competition, hosted at Drum Hill, is open to Scouts and above and includes both individual and team challenges.

For more information please click here or email

The Dove Canoe Race is an annual event held on the river Dove.
The 2017 event will be held on the 2nd October 2017

Click here for an entry form


Archery badgeArchery Biking
Team Leader: Paul Gant
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Bushcraft badgeBushcraft
Team Leader: Andrew Fretter
CavingCaving badge
Climbing badgeClimbing
Bookings: Click here
CommunicationsCommunications badge
Creative badgeCreative Skills First AidFirst Aid badge
Fencing badgeFencing
Team Leader: Jon Cantrill
Hill Walking
Team Leader: Rachel Roberts
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Water Activities badgePaddle Sports
Team Leader: Rob Morley
Team Leader: Paddy Riley
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Entertainment badgeScout Shows
Team Leader: Jean Roulinson
SailingSailing badge
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Activities Directory

A new version of the Derbyshire Scout Activity Directory is now available

Following the success of previous booklets, we have produced an updated electronic version containing all of the latest information for Activity contacts and events in Derbyshire. As Derbyshire Scouting continues to grow and thrive, we are excited to see our Active Support Units doing the same. Over the past few years we have seen several new Activity Support Units to add to our existing portfolio of Teams.

We hope that this information will inspire you to make use of the wealth of activities and support on your doorstep as we prepare young people with skills for life

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability.

Derbyshire is looking to appoint divisional advisors for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. If you have any queries please contact the County DofE Advisor. More details can be found at /dofe or at

Helpful Information

Adventurous Activity Permits / Training

The more adventurous activities which we do usually require a permit.
This is still the case even if you hold the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) Qualification.

Check the A-Z list of activities to see if your particular activity is there so you can see what the requirements are.
All Adventurous Activity Permit applications should be sent to our Manager of the Adventurous Activity Permits. The current Application Form can be found here.

Permit Application Process

Click here to view the full applicaton process

Applicant completes the Application Form, and where appropriate a logbook, then sends the completed form to Debbie Steeples, Derbyshire Scouts MAPS (Manager of Activity Permit Scheme)
MAPS logs the application, issues a unique County Number, checks Safeguarding & DBS and ensures that the Applicant holds a Full Role. Without these, the Application will not Proceed
MAPS then forwards the Application to the relevant Activity Assessor(s). This may be an External Assessor or one from another county
MAPS advises the applicants DC/ CC so they are aware of the Application
Assessor makes contact with the Applicant, and arranges for a suitable date for the assessment. (which may include a training session)
During the Assessment, the Assessor can agree details such as Terrain or Class of water and decide whether the Applicant needs a card permit
Following a successful assessment, the Assessor Recommends the Permit on Compass, detailing any additional restrictions. Assessor should return the Checklist to MAPS ideally by email
To Recommend a Permit, Log into Compass in your Assessor Role. Search for the applicant using the magnifying glass. Use the Permits tab and click 'Recommend'. Tick Technical Competence and Scout Association Rules adding Restrictions in the boxes alongside, then select a Granting Commissioner. This should usually be their DC
DC/CC is automatically notified by Compass and can then Grant or Reject the Permit on Compass. They may need to contact the Applicants GSL, Team Leader or the Assessor if they do not know the Applicant. If they are unaware of the application they should contact MAPS for verification
To Grant or Reject a Permit, Log into Compass in your DC/CC Role. Search for the applicant using the magnifying glass. Use the Permits tab and click 'Update' on the Permit. Tick Safeguarding and Personal Suitability adding Restrictions in the boxes alongside. Transfer all Restrictions into the Restrictions Box. Click Save/Grant or Save/Reject
Applicant automatically notified by Compass
If requested, MAPS or DC will issue a Permit Card

Activity Training Events

We are also running a number of training sessions.
These give you the chance to try out an activity, chat to the trainers/assessors or even gain an NGB Qualification.

Please click here to view upcoming activity training sessions

There are currently no events scheduled

You can also contact a County Adviser (listed below) for more information on an Activity or you can access the services of one of our Activity Teams (click on the badges above).

Contacts & Links

ACC ActivitiesNick Coward
Manager of the Activity Permit SchemeDebbie Steeples
Nights Away Permit ManagerMark Rushworth

ArcheryTim Roast, Steve Nunn
BikingPaul Gant
CavingNick Coward
ClimbingChris Bagworth
Diving & SnorkellingAndrew Fretter
Hill WalkingGyles Wren
Kite SportsShaun Cook
PioneeringPaddy Riley
SailingMike Stoker, Joe Scurrah
ShootingPhil Leivers
Water ActivitiesMatt Davenport