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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

Gold Chief Scouts Award Presentations

113 Scouts and Explorers that have achieved their Gold Chief Scouts Awards were recognised at a County Presentation at The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton on Sunday 13th March 2022. The level of commitment by our Scouts over the last couple of years has been remarkable. Presentations were made by Gold Medallist and County President Steve Judge, who gave a very inspiring talk about overcoming the odds to achieving one’s goals - put your mind to it and you can do anything!

We were also treated to another interesting talk by Morgause Lomas whose passion for archaeology led the Derbyshire Archaeology Team to win the Archaeological Innovation category in the National Archaeological Achievement Awards.

Don’t forget to let ACC Scouts Colin Newton know when you have achieved the award yourself so you can be invited to the County’s next presentations

Rampage 2022 - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, there has been a very low uptake in entries for Rampage 2022 so I have had to make the reluctant decision to cancel the event.
Thank you to those of you who had entered teams and to those offering their support who will be contacted personally.

County Cooking Competition

How do you have a cooking competition when you can’t taste the food?

For 2022, Ready Steady Cook became Ready Steady Decorate, that’s how!
This year, teams decorated a cake with the theme "A Camp on a Cake" and were judged entirely on Zoom. The judges were looking for design, creativity, imagination and "moving parts", not taste; but everything barring the moving parts had to be edible. The designs were so much fun and the work that had gone into the mechanical aspect was inspiring with CAD designs, drawings, skilled woodworking, soldering, a video diary and of course, cooking - definitely some budding architects, designers, chefs and movie directors!

Although it was incredibly close, the judges' unanimous decision was to award:

Well done to everyone that took part.


Chilly Challenge

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.


For the Chilly Challenge 2022, we extended the camping to include February and it was such a success that we’ve taken the decision to continue this on into future years. In fact, much of February this year was colder than January!

1560 Scouts and Explorers took up the challenge to spend a night or two under canvas in the snow, wind and rain; almost up to pre-pandemic numbers. We even had Scouts from Kent, Wales and Bahrain!! asking if they could take part, such is the success of the challenge.

Don’t forget, each time you go camping you might be able to use the experience towards the Dragon Award. Take a look at the badge information a little further back up the page.

Happy Camping!

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
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).