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.
Activities & events
24 teams entered from across the County. Some activities included this year were:
- Climbing & Abseiling
- Fire Lighting
- Mental Challenge
- First Aid
- Axe Throwing
A full complement of teams entered and despite the very wet afternoon everyone seemed to be very upbeat and enthusiastic. With the damp weather, lighting fires was very difficult but the word used by the base leaders was tenacious – the Scouts were very determined to get the fire started! Rampage always fills up very quickly and is recognised as one of the premier competitions in the County and attracts entries from right across the County.
It is good to see most Districts talking part!
My thanks are extended to the many helpers who helped on the day and got extremely wet, and those before, to make the event such a success - there were over 50 involved.
Date for 2020 event is yet to be decided. Entry forms will be available from 1st June 2020
Chief Scouts Award 2019
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 12 of our 15 Districts have achieved the award, making us the most successful County in the East Midlands region again. Derbyshire Scouting is most certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Certificates were presented this year by of Sir Richard Fitzherbert President of the Derbyshire Scouts Association. Deputy County Commissioner Simon Growcott 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 Ash Hopwell & Samantha Trinquet on their experiences during the Explorer Belt expedition to Germany in the summer, encouraging other Explorer Scouts to seize the opportunity and complete the award.
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 and Units.
Chief Scouts Award 2020
The 2020 presentations will be held at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Sunday 8th March.
If you have completed your Gold Chief Scouts award, please notify Colin Newton (ACC Scouts) using this form.
Ready, Steady, Cook 2019
February 2019 saw our annual Scouts Ready Cook competition with Troops from across the county representing their Districts.
Each team had previously won their District competition and these teams truly were the best of the best. The theme this year was Healthy Eating. Scouts chose their 3 course menu and had to be able to explain to the Judges, one of them a former Chef, how their meal was healthy.
As always, the judges had an exceptionally hard time judging the competition but Derby South took the trophy. The standard was very high as was to be expected and teams were judged not only on the taste of the meals but also on imagination, teamwork, preparation, hygiene and presentation. The winners scored particularly high on teamwork, presentation and the taste of their starter which was a pasta based dish with the most delicious pesto made on site, which several of the organisers and judges have now got the recipe. They beat last year’s winners 1st Buxton by one point!
|Ready, Steady, Cook 2019 Results|
|Winners||107th Derby B||197 points|
|Runners Up||1st Buxton||196 points|
|3rd Place||107th Derby||190 points|
The theme for the 2020 competition is ‘A Trip To The Movies’ and will be held at 15th Matlock HQ on Saturday 21st March.
Each District can enter one team. You can download a booking form which contains full details and rules.
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 the rules for the awards changed on 1st March 2019.
However, If you are currently partly through an award under the previous you have until March 2020 to complete it, at which point the new version comes into effect.
Please note that the badge prices have also increased to £1.65 for the Bronze and Silver and £2.50 for Gold (the Gold includes a Certificate) from immediate effect.
When attempting the Dragon Awards, please keep yourself abreast of the up to date rules.
Please send your completed cards with the fee to ACC (Scouts) to arrange for the badge once it is completed.
2019 saw Scouts and Explorers in our yearly Chilly Challenge. In all, about 2000 braved the cold to camp out sometime in January. Don't forget that the 2018 badge needs to come off uniform now, then the 2019 one can be worn for the rest of the year, on the left above your pocket - once you have completed your camp.
It's time to start making plans for Chilly Challenge 2020 - 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?