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
Rampage is a competition open to all Derbyshire Scout Troops and takes place at Drum Hill County Scout Campsite. 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.
The competition is to be held on Sunday 25th September 2022. Entries will be taken from June, so watch out for updates
County Cooking Competition
Ready Steady Cook is back for 2022 but with a difference. This year, teams need to decorate a cake and judging will be entirely on Zoom, judged on creativity, imagination and ‘moving parts’, not taste. We’re looking forward to seeing your creations – see you on Saturday 5th March 2022
Download the booking form to register your team
Gold Chief Scouts Award Presentations
Scouts and Explorers that have achieved their Gold Chief Scouts Awards will be recognised at a County Presentation at The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton on Sunday 13th March 2022. Entry will be by personal invitation so Leaders need to make sure their ADC Scouts and Colin Newton, ACC Scouts has been informed of their achievement.
Chilly Challenge is an award open to Scouts, Explorers and Adults in Derbyshire, which takes place during the month of January.
All you need to gain the award is to camp outside any night during the month.
Due to the continuing rise of Covid cases and the number of people currently isolating, the decision has been made to extend the Chilly Challenge for 2022 to include February.
The rules otherwise remain the same:
- Open to those of Scout age and above
- To camp outside for one night or more during the month of January and for 2022 only, to include February.
Individuals camping in gardens is acceptable
- To give time for the last campers to complete the award, the deadline for informing the ACC Scouts of badge requirements will be Sunday 6th March
Contact your ADC Scouts or Colin Newton, ACC Scouts to find out how to get hold of your badge.
The 11th Chilly Challenge in January proved that Scouts don’t have to have everything organised for them.
With restrictions on meeting in groups, and no face to face Scouting, Scouts had to do it for themselves and do it they did! There was an exceptional response with over 1000 Scouts that braved heavy snow, driving rain and freezing temperatures camping out in their own gardens and sending in some photographs to prove it; just take a look at the gallery below. Some took part in Zoom activities with other Scouts in the Troop and others didn’t just camp; they kept themselves warm with a camp fire and cooked their meals outside as well.
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:
- Scouting moved to the Green readiness level in September 2021. This means all activities can resume for Derbyshire Scouts. From the 1 October 2021, the Dragon Award challenges are returning to the outdoor camping programme that was in place pre-Covid 19. Over the last 18 months, many scouts took part and gained the stay-at-home Dragon Award challenge. The County team loved the commitment and creativity participants showed and congratulations to everyone involved.
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.
Badge prices are £1.65 for the Bronze and Silver and £2.50 for Gold (the Gold includes a Certificate).