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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

Rampage 2021 *** CANCELLED ***

I have had to make the reluctant decision to cancel Rampage for 2021.

The national guidelines at present, restrict overall numbers for large events to a maximum of 100. I have considered fewer team entries but with staff on the bases and supporters, who must be included amongst the 100 the number of teams permitted would simply be too few to make it viable.

This HQ ruling is not due to be reviewed until early September at the earliest and is just not fair to leave the decision in doubt until then.

Thank you to those of you who had entered teams and to those offering their support.

Chilly Challenge 2021

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.

Don't forget that the 2020 badge needs to come off your uniform and then the 2021 badge can be worn for the rest of the year, on the left above your pocket.


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:

  • 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).