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

Activation usually takes place over a weekend in July, every year (except on a Peak year). The event takes place near Carsington Water and is a one-day event - Saturday for Cubs (or Scouts under 11), Sunday for Scouts & Explorers.

Activities include:

  • Archery and Shooting
  • Bell Boating
  • Bush Craft
  • Caving
  • Climbing Wall
  • Crafts including Pyrography
  • Crate Stacking
  • Fencing
  • GeoCaching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pioneering - Catapults
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing

Big Shoot

The Big Shoot is an annual air rifle and archery competition run at Drum Hill.

Competitors are put into different categories based on age and ability. Medals are awarded to the winners of each category and an overall team trophy is presented to the winning team.

Big Shoot usually takes place on the second weekend of May, every year.

In 2020, there will also be an option to try fencing. We then hope that fencing will become fully integrated into the Big Shoot competition for future years.

Please note that the competition is not open to first-time shooters.
All participants must have some experience prior to entering
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County Ball

Derbyshire Scout County Ball is an annual event that runs every year and usually takes place on a Saturday in early in January. This event is only open to over 18's.

This event see us celebrate everything we have achieved over the last 12 months. Over recent years this event as developed into an annual fund raising event with a nominated charity receiving any monies that are raised on the night.

For more information and details of this year's event, please click on the link to the web site

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Dove Canoe Race

The David Lee Memorial Canoe Race, also known as The Dove Canoe Race, is held each year on a length of the river Dove near Ashbourne. The race is split into two courses:

  • A 3 mile 'short' course for younger or less experienced members
  • A 'full' course travelling a further 2 miles

Both routes use a stretch of the river not normally available to canoeists and include a number of small weirs that have to be negotiated.

The Dove Canoe Race usually takes place in October, every year.

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Four Inns

A challenging competitive walking event first established in 1957 over some of the roughest moorland terrain in Britain - the Peak District.

Starting at Holmfirth and finishing at Buxton, the 65km event takes its name from the four inns along its route; Isle of Skye (site of), Snake Pass Inn, Nags Head and the Cat & Fiddle.

Four Inns usually takes place in April, every year.

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Kinder Walk

The Kinder Extreme is a challenging route on part of Kinder Scout starting and finishing at Chapel-en-le-Frith, a distance of 28 Km.
It is designed for older Scouts and upwards with teams of 2 to 6 in the various trophy categories.

The Kinder Challenge is a shorter, 16km, route intended as an introduction to walking competitions for younger members.

The Kinder event is usually held in October, every year.

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Peak Camp

Peak Camps are organised every 5 years. They are jointly organised by both Scouting and Guiding organisations.

The next camp will be Peak 2020, International Scout & Guide Camp, 25th July-1st August 2020, held in the grounds of the Chatsworth House Estate, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

The camp is open to Scouts and Guides from the UK and other countries, and is geared up for those age ranges, although there will be provision for Derbyshire Explorers and Rangers to attend on different packages.

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Rampage is an annual competition open to all Scout Troops in Derbyshire which is held at Drum Hill usually in late September or early October.

The competition is for the teams (patrol of 6) to take part in a range of fun and challenging activity bases.
The team with the greatest number of points attained will be the winners.
Bases may include Fire Lighting, Archery, Air Rifles, Geo-Caching, Pioneering Projects, Climbing and Abseiling

Spring Bank Camp

Spring Bank is an annual themed activity camp held at Drum Hill Campsite.

Open to Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides from Derbyshire and across the UK, the camp typically attracts around 1,500 participants each year. Spring Bank features a craft village and a range of adventurous activities including go karts, mountain biking, abseiling and archery. The camp also provides evening entertainment and a variety of fun challenges and competitions held across the weekend.

Spring Bank is usually held over the last bank holiday weekend in May, every year.