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

Scouts Awards Presentation 2020

The Scouts award presentations at the Winding Wheel this year saw not only another great turnout of Scouts receiving recognition of achieving the Gold Chief Scouts Award but also Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a Gold Dragon Award and a Chief Scouts Personal Award. In all nearly 140 Scouts from 12 of our 15 Districts have achieved awards.

Certificates were presented this year by David Coleman, Vice President of the Derbyshire Scouts Association and Lord Burlington, High Sheriff of Derbyshire. David Coleman 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 one of the Jamboree Units about the World Jamboree in North America in the summer, encouraging others to seize the opportunity apply for the next Jamboree in South Korea.

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.

Rampage 2019

24 teams entered from across the County. Some activities included this year were:

  • Climbing & Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Fire Lighting
  • Pioneering
  • Geo-Caching
  • 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

Rampage 2019 Results
Winners 1st Buxton 623 points
Runners Up 3rd Buxton 617 points
3rd Place 1st Hathersage 609 points
Full 2019 results
List of All Winners since the first event in 1992

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 full set of results can be downloaded from here.
The theme for the 2020 competition is ‘A Trip To The Movies’ but due to the Coronavirus outbreak has been postponed until it’s safe to meet.


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 note that:

  • The rules for the awards changed on 1st March 2019
  • Badge prices have also increased to £1.65 for the Bronze and Silver and £2.50 for Gold (the Gold includes a Certificate).

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.

Dragon Awards & COVID-19

ScoutsCymru have announced that the requirements for the Bronze Dragon Award will be relaxed, through to and including September. Some young people because of home circumstances will not be able to camp outdoors and we will leave it to leader discretion to come up with a suitable alternative.

More updates will be added as they appear

Chilly Challenge

2020 celebrated 10 years of the Chilly Challenge with a gold bordered badge. In all, over 1700 Scouts and Explorers braved the cold to camp out sometime in January.

Congratulations to all that managed it

Don't forget that the 2019 badge needs to come off uniform now, then the 2020 one can be worn for the rest of the year, on the left above your pocket - once you have completed your camp.