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About Us

The Scouts are the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation; 1st Duffield Scout Group has a membership of over 160 young people aged 6 to 14, supported by over 30 adult volunteers 

What Scouts Do

Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.

Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment. Our programme provides young people with the opportunities to learn new skills such as camp cooking and photography. Rock climbing, potholing, computer science, geocaching, local and national citizenship, team challenges, personal growth and international experiences are just some of the things they also get up to. We encourage our young people to feel the buzz of the challenge and then reflect on what that means.  Did they have fun?  Do they feel more confident?  Would they do it again?


Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. The fun of Scouting challenges young people to embark on exciting, new adventures.


Adventure does not have to be extravagant or expensive – there are adventures to be had everywhere. For a Beaver it is an adventure to wake up after their first ever night away on a Beaver residential experience, for a Cub the sense of achievement after helping on a community project or for an Scout the camaraderie of spending the weekend hill walking with fellow Scouts.

1st Duffield Scout Group

Duffield Scout Group was formed in 1908 by the two sons of Samuel Wright, the Headmaster of William Gilbert School; Reginald Wright was Scout Master and Ivan Wright as Troop Leader. Unfortunately Reginald was fatally wounded after falling from a quarry whilst on a Scout hike in 1911.  It is for this reason why we have the black band round the edge of our neckers.  


Jumping ahead over 100 years and we now have over 160 members in six sections starting in Beavers at the age 6 before progressing to Cubs, Scouts and now Explorers.  Beyond the age of 18, we hope past members will continue their Scouting in Network or as adult leaders.

1st Duffield Scouts is overseen and managed by the Executive Committee. For more details about the Executive Committee, please click here  

What we offer 

Duffield Scout Group provides Scouting for 6-14 year olds with the additional link with Belper Explorers for 14-18 year olds.  

6 - 8 years
Tuesday or Fridays
8 - 10.5 years
Mondays or Tuesdays
10.5 - 14 years
Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays
14- 18 years
Thursday or Fridays
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