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What is Scouting?

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The Scout Section is for young people, aged between 10 and a half 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.

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. The meetings, held at Alfreton Fire Station, start at 8.00 pm and finish by 9:30 (at the latest!).

Working together in this way helps us to deliver a challenging programme and create a platform for sharing new ideas.

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

Colin NewtonACC Scouts

Activities & events

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

Chief Scouts Awards 2017

The Winding Wheel at Chesterfield saw another great turnout of Scouts receiving recognition of achieving the Gold Chief Scouts Award. In all 110 Scouts have achieved the award. Derbyshire Scouting is most certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Certificates were presented this year by Sir Richard Fitzherbert, President of the Derbyshire Scouts Association and Chief Commissioner for England, Alex Peace-Gadsby gave a rousing presentation, giving praise to 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.

As February was YouShape month designed to focus on Youth Shaped Scouting, County Commissioner James Stafford handed his reins over to Jacob, a Scout who was to be County Commissioner for a day. Jacob welcomed everyone to the event and even presented a Wood Badge training award to Colin Newton, ACC Scouts.

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

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?

Ready, Steady, Cook 2017

March 2017 saw our Fifth Ready Cook competition with 10 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 Traditional European Menu’. Scouts chose a non UK European County and presented a meal traditional to that country. Teams of Scouts cooked amazing meals from countries including Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Greece. The judges had an exceptionally hard time judging the competition but 17th Buxton representing High Peak and offering the most amazing Greek Baklava emerged as this years winners. Each team showed real flair and imagination. One of the judges, a former chef said there are some budding bakers amongst the teams. Each and every one of them should be cooking the family meals at home.

One of the judges said of those that didn’t win: 'none of them should think that they had lost. Not everything went quite to plan for them but that happens. Every single one was brilliant and could have won'

Winners: 17th Buxton, High Peak (180 points)
Runners up: 1st Holymoorside, Chesterfield (264 points)
Third place: 147th Derby, Derby East (253 points)

The full set of results can be downloaded from here.

Ready, Steady, Cook 2018

The theme for the 2018 competition, which will take place on Saturday 10th March, has now been announced as a British Regional Meal. Teams will research and produce a 3 course meal from any region within the United Kingdom and be able to explain to the judges what it is and from which region it comes.

Each course will be from the same region. For example – the Highlands, the Orkneys or Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland; the North or South of Wales; any English or Northern Ireland counties or perhaps even, the Scilly Isles. Other examples include the broader region of Yorkshire rather than choosing a specific county of West or North Yorkshire or the East Midlands rather than one of the Counties that are included in it.

Entries for the 2018 competition will be open from 15th November – a booking form will be available as a download nearer the time

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

Sat, 20th January 2018 10:00:00
Team Meeting
Drum Hill Campsite
Sun, 28th January 2018 07:30:00
Wilmot Wander
27th Derby HQ, Meadow Lane, Chaddesden
Mon, 29th January 2018 19:30:00
Programme Team meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Tue, 30th January 2018 19:30:00
County Executive Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Fri, 2nd February 2018 18:00:00
24th World Scout Jamboree Training Weekend - Camp 1.
Drum Hill Campsite
Mon, 5th February 2018 19:30:00
ADC Beaver Scout Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station
Wed, 7th February 2018 19:30:00
County Appointment Advisory Committee
Sat, 10th February 2018 19:30:00
District Commissioner's meeting.
15th Matlock HQ
Wed, 14th February 2018 19:15:00
Flying High 2018 - Derby East Gang Show
Derby Theatre

Derby East Scout and Guide Gang Show, 50th Anniversary Show. Wednesday to Friday at 7.15pm. Saturday at 1.30pm and 6.00pm.


Tickets from the Box Office at 01332 593939 or online at

Thu, 15th February 2018 19:30:00
LTM Meeting
Alfreton Fire Station