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What is Scouting?

The Scout Section is for young people, aged between 10½ and 14 years.

As members of a Scout Troop, they usually meet once a week with other outdoor activities arranged at weekends and other times during the year. Scouts are encouraged to take part in an awards scheme through a number of challenges leading up to the Chief Scout's Gold Award, the highest award available in the age group.

If you would like to know more about the fun, challenge and adventure of becoming a Scout - just contact the Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) for the Scout Section, who will be pleased to give you details of Troops near you.
The ACC (Scouts) can be contacted by using the Contact Form on the website.

Each Scout Troop has its own leadership team who usually meet together with other Troops from their District to coordinate local activities. As a County, the ACC (Scouts) holds regular meetings with the Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs) from each District within Derbyshire. They get together to coordinate events and share best practice.

Working together in this way helps us to deliver a quality programme, which is challenging, relevant and rewarding and creates a platform for sharing new ideas. Sample programmes can be found in the Scouts downloads Programme Plans folder

We publish our County Calendar of events following the meeting and this is then updated accordingly.

Colin NewtonACC Scouts

Activities & events

Chief Scouts Award 2018

The Winding Wheel at Chesterfield saw another great turnout of Scouts receiving recognition of achieving the Gold Chief Scouts Award. In all nearly 140 Scouts from 11 of our 15 Districts have achieved the award, making us the most successful County in the East Midlands region. Derbyshire Scouting is most certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Certificates were presented this year by David Coleman Vice President of the Derbyshire Scouts Association on behalf of Sir Richard Fitzherbert. Regional Commissioner Paula Evans praised the Scouts achievement and spoke of the confidence they had gained during working towards the award, and how that confidence would be useful in their futures.

We had an excellent presentation from Explorer Scout Aidan Crowson on his experiences during the Belper District expedition to the United States in the summer, including trips to San Fransisco, Yosemite National Park and even an encounter (thankfully not too close) with a bear.

It was really good to see so many of our Scouts from right across the County gain their awards - well done to all - they are a credit to their Troops. Check out the Media Gallery for some photographs.

Ready, Steady, Cook 2018

March 2018 saw our annual Scouts Ready Cook competition with Troops from across the county representing their Districts.

The standard gets higher each year. Each team had previously won their District competition and these teams truly were the best of the best. The theme this year was a British Regional Meal. Scouts chose a menu of dishes from across the UK. Teams of Scouts cooked meals inspired from Derbyshire, Cumbria, Wales and Scotland - we even had a vegetarian version of the Indian dish Tikka Masala, which was born in Glasgow.

As always, the judges had an exceptionally hard time judging the competition but High Peak took the trophy for the second year with a team from 1st Buxton presenting a starter of freshly made Glamorgan Sausages; a main of Pan Fried Lamb and a dessert of Pwdin, a rich fruity steamed pudding. Each team showed real flair and imagination. Each and every one of them should be cooking the family meals at home. One of the judges said that he would quite happily have paid for it in a restaurant.

Winners: 1st Buxton, High Peak (259 points)
Runners up: 18th Chesterfield, Chesterfield (240 points)
Third place: 147th Derby, Derby East (240 points)

The full set of results can be downloaded from here.

Rampage 2017

We almost had a full complement of 24 teams (after one team dropped out at the last minute) but Scouts from across the County had a great day testing the Scouting skills they had learnt. Bases this year included were:

Thankfully, the weather was kind, which always helps. Rampage is recognised as one of the premier competitions in the County and attracts entries from right across the County, filling up very quickly.

1st Belper performed very well to receive the overall winners trophy but it was good to see most Districts taking part! A full list of scores is available as a download, as is a list of winners since the event first started in 1992

Congratulations to the winners. Presentations were made by Paula Evans, recently appointed as the East Midlands Regional Commissioner

The Rampage event for 2018 will take place at Drum Hill on Sunday 30th September.
Full details and booking form are available as a download

Chilly Challenge

2017 saw Explorers joining Scouts, for the first time, in our yearly Chilly Challenge. In all, about 2000 braved the cold to camp out sometime in January. Don't forget that the 2016 badge needs to come off uniform now, then the 2017 one can be worn for the rest of the year, on the left above your pocket - once you have completed your camp.

Congratulations to all that managed it.

It's time to start making plans for Chilly Challenge 2018 - all you need to do to earn your Chilly Challenge badge is camp out for one night in January. Why not see if you can be the first to do it?

Welsh Council's Dragon Awards

Dragon Award

Dragon Awards are open to Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Network Members and adult members of Scouting and are designed to encourage participants to camp in as many different settings as possible. Please note, it is not open to Cubs or Beavers.

Record Cards for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Dragon Awards, may be downloaded from the downloads section below, where you will also find a complete copy of the rules.

Please be aware that ScoutsWales, who administrate these awards, have reviewed the rules and from July 2016, there have been many changes. The main one being rule 6:

To gain the Bronze Award no more than four camps can be in the same location, for the Silver Award only two camps can be in the same location and for the Gold Award every camp must be in a different location’

This means for the bronze award out of the 12 nights up to 4 nights can be in the same location then every other camp must be somewhere different. They will accept 2 nights in the same location and another two nights in another location making a total of four. The silver is two nights in the same location and then 10 in different locations.

When attempting the Dragon Awards, please keep yourself abreast of the up to date rules.

Contact the ACC (Scouts) to arrange for the badge once it is completed.


Upcoming Events

Tue, 25th September 2018 19:30:00
County Executive Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Wed, 26th September 2018 19:30:00
ADC Scout Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Sat, 29th September 2018 09:00:00
Basic Hillwalking Training
Drum Hill Campsite
Exact times TBC. Come along and learn essential skills to get your Cubs, Scouts and Explorers interested in Maps and Compasses. For the bargain price of £10 you get a day learning how to bring maps alive for youngsters from our experienced and enthusiastic Leaders. Learn how to get your bearings, measure your pace and how to use a compass. Strictly 14 years and over (no upper limit). Email to book your place.


Sun, 30th September 2018 09:00:00
Drum Hill Campsite
Mon, 1st October 2018 19:30:00
Programme Team meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Fri, 5th October 2018 18:00:00
24th World Scout Jamboree Training Weekend - Camp 3.
Wed, 10th October 2018 19:30:00
Team Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Sun, 14th October 2018 07:00:00
Kinder Walk
Chapel Scout HQ

Kinder Challenge & Kinder Extreme

Tue, 30th October 2018 19:30:00
Finance Sub Group Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Thu, 8th November 2018 19:30:00
LTM Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station