Scouting in the East Midlands

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Scouting in East Midlands is about Scouting in the official region of East Midlands. It is largely represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.

There are four student associations at various universities in the region, each of which is affiliated to the Student Scout and Guide Organisation (SSAGO). These are Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts, covering the University of Leicester and De Montfort University,[1] Loughborough University Scout and Guide Club covering Loughborough University,[2] Northampton University Scouts And Guides, covering the University of Northampton,[3] and Society of Nottingham Guides and Scouts covering the University of Nottingham.[4]

History of Scouting in East Midlands[edit]

Lady Olave Baden-Powell(1889–1977), the 'World Chief Guide' was born Olave St. Clair Soames at Stubbing Court, Wingerworth, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Her husband, Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, wrote part of Scouting for Boys in the week following 15 June 1907 at the Izaak Walton Hotel in Ilam close to Dovedale in Derbyshire. Scouting links with the hotel have continued since Baden-Powell's death. In the summer of 2008, for example, Derbyshire Scouting presented a plaque to the Hotel to mark its link with Scouting For Boys.[5]

The 1st Nottingham (YMCA), 1st Buxton, 1st Market Harborough, 2nd Chesterfield and 4th Derby (Derwent) Scout Groups claim to have started in 1908.[6]

The Scout Association Counties[edit]

The Scout Association in East Midlands is administered through five Scout Counties, Derbyshire Scout County, Leicestershire Scout County (including former Rutland Scout County), Lincolnshire Scout County, Northamptonshire Scout County and Nottinghamshire Scout County.

Derbyshire Scout County[edit]

The Derbyshire Scouting badge, as it appears on the uniform
Map of the UK highlighting the location of Derbyshire

Derbyshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association covering the administrative County of Derbyshire in England.[7] The town of Glossop in the far North West of the county is not included in the County but in the Greater Manchester East area instead.

Census figures from April 2010 showed that Derbyshire is the largest Scout county in the East Midlands, with a total youth membership of 7,136 supported by 1,848 adult volunteers.[citation needed]

Scouts from all over Derbyshire marked the centenary of Scouting in August 2007 at Sunrise ceremonies renewing their Scout Promise.[8]

Derbyshire villages are unusual in holding Well dressings during the summer. In 2005 the well at Whitwell had a theme acknowledging Peak 2005, Derbyshire's International Scout and Guide Camp at Chatsworth Park.[9][10] In 2009 all of the wells in Chapel-en-le-Frith shared a common Scouting and Scout Badges theme to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Chapel-en-le-Frith.[11]

Derbyshire Scout County is responsible for organising the Four Inns Walk, an annual competitive event over the hills of the southern Pennines, the Kinder Walk of approximately 29 km and the Kinder Challenge (new for 2008) of around 16 km.[12][13]

Until 1 February 2010 The County was administered through three divisions for the North West, North East and South of the County, each with Division Commissioners.[14] but it is now administered as a single area. It is divided into fifteen Scout Districts:-

Leicestershire Scout County[edit]

Leicestershire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association covering the administrative County of Leicestershire in England.[18]

In the 2007 Centenary year, the BBC investigated the relevancy of Scouting in Leicestershire.[19]

There is a Leicestershire Scouts Sub Aqua Unit (LSSAU), a Scout based diving group providing experience in diving and snorkelling for all members of the Scout Association. It was formed in 1982.[20]

In 2008, the Leicestershire Explorer County forum was started, to discuss Scouting issues in the county. This forum was responsible for the setting up of the county groups of the popular social networking site Facebook. Each district is represented by two of its Explorer scouts on the County Forum.[citation needed]

In late 2010, the Scout Network Section of the scout movement received a large growth in Leicestershire, with many new units starting up, to accompany the long running Network Unit in Loughborough.[21]

In 2011, membership of Scouting in Leicestershire grew by the highest percentage increase in England.[citation needed]

The current County Commissioner is Byron Chatburn, who started his 5 year warrant in 2009.

The current Deputy County Commissioner is Richard Nevin.

The County is split into ten districts:

  • Ashby And Coalville[22]
  • Charnwood[23]
  • Hinckley[24]
  • Leicester North East
  • Leicester South East[25]
  • Leicester South West
  • Loughborough[26]
  • Market Harborough[27]
  • Melton Mowbray And District
  • South Leicestershire

Lincolnshire Scout County[edit]

Lincolnshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the counties of Lincolnshire and Rutland.[28]

In 2007, the Centenary Year of Scouting, the County appointed local presenter and broadcaster Ian Cashmore as a Media Development Manager to actively promote Scouting activities through the media. He was also involved with national scouting media on Brownsea Island and the sunrise camp.[29]

The County is divided into ten districts:

The Lincoln District has a Scout Band.[34] It is the only Scout Band in the County.[35]

Northamptonshire Scout County[edit]

Northamptonshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the county of Northamptonshire.[36]

A Northampton Scout Amateur Radio Group was formed in 1981.[37]

The County is divided into six districts:

The Grafton Scout District has a Scout Band.[43]

Nottinghamshire Scout County[edit]

Map of the UK highlighting the location of Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the county of Nottinghamshire.[44]

In 1980, a group of Cub Scouts from the 2nd Sutton St Mary’s troop wrote to the Television programme Jim'll Fix it asking to have a meal in an unusual place. The show sent them, complete with packed lunch, to ride the Revolution at Pleasure Beach Blackpool with hilarious results. The clip became one of the most requested on British television. The stunt was repeated in 2007 with the same former Cubs for Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again, with similar results.[45]

The County is divided into eleven Scout Districts:

The Bassetlaw District has a Scout Band.[54]

The Retford and Worksop Districts merged in 2012 to become Bassetlaw District.[55]



Derbyshire has several campsites:

Birch Hill Plantation in Bolsover is ideal for those wishing to walk the Peak District and the Sherwood Forest, with several local walks along old disused railway lines that are all linked to provide either long or short hikes in a traffic free environment. The site is 1-acre (4,000 m2) of grassland that is sheltered by woods and can camp up to 120 people.

Drum Hill Scout Camp is a 47-acre (190,000 m2) site located in Little Eaton that has three open areas for camping and a choice of three residential centres. Large enough to hold 1,000 campers, the site offers a number of activities including abseiling, archery, an assault course, climbing wall, mountain bikes, orienteering and shooting.[56]

Gradbach is a greenfield site located near the village of Flash, the UK's highest village in the heart of the Peak District between Leek and Buxton. As well as large camping areas, there are two buildings available for hire - the Farmhouse and the Cottage.

Spitewinter is positioned on the edge of the Peak District National Park in Chesterfield. The site has 4 acres (16,000 m2) of sloping woodland with open camping areas. The camping areas are served by a purpose built ablution block, which has hot water and coin-operated showers. There are two accommodation huts, both of wood construction.

Trent Lock is a unique site on the South bank of the River Trent, accessed by boat. It provides water activities and is run by Long Eaton District Scouts.


Leicestershire has several campsites:

Fox Coverts is a campsite between Leicester and Hinckley, roughly 1 km from Kirkby Mallory. Fox Coverts has been scout owned for almost 55 years, and is now managed by the Hinckley District Scout Council. Fox Coverts is a well equipped campsite with several camp sites in clearing, a main building "The Wilson Building", and many activity features.[57]

Johns Lee Wood is a woodland campsite, in the North West Leicester scout district near Markfield and Bradgate Park. The site has several activity facilities including a caving complex.[58]

The Oaks is located close to Oaks in Charnwood with a variety of activities available.[citation needed]

Ullesthorpe campsite is in South Leicestershire, and was once the home of Leicestershire Scouts Training.[citation needed]

Willesley Scout camp in April 2008

Willesley is a Scout campsite that was once a stately home located 1-mile (1.6 km) south west of Ashby de la Zouch in North West Leicestershire. The site was bought by the local Scout District in 1952 along with a small area of land. Further land was later bought by the Scouts, with other areas becoming a fishing lake and a golf course. It occupies 14 acres (57,000 m2) of the old Willesley Hall and estate from which part of the original gatehouse is still visible. The site, among many features, has its own church.[22]

Holwell Pastures is a field campsite north of Melton Mowbray and managed by Melton District.[citation needed]


Lincoln Scout Association District has a camp site at Sudbrooke.[59] Grantham Scout Association District runs the Dukes Covert Campsite.[60]

The former Rutland County site at Shacklewell Hollow, on the A606 between Empingham and Stamford can camp up to 100 people in four and a half acres of grassland and woods.[61]


Northamptonshire Scout Association County owns Yr Hen Felin Cottage, a former Youth Hostel at Cynwyd, North Wales.[62] It was purchased in 2007.[63]


There are a number of Scout camp sites in the County including:[64]

  • Hollygate Scout Camp[65]
  • Robin Hood Scout Campsite[66]
  • Sherbrooke Scout Campsite[67]
  • Walesby Forest Scout Campsite[68]

Gang Shows[edit]

There are several Gang Shows in this region.[69]

  • Nottingham Gang Show - started in 1951.[70]
  • Grimsby Gang Show, started in 1956.[71]
  • Northampton Gang Show - started in 1957 and celebrated its 50th show in 2009. (Due to a two-year gap)[72][73]
  • Kettering Gang Show - Performing its 56th Show from November 25-28th, 2015 at The Lighthouse Theatre.[74]
  • Derby East Gang Show also known as Flying High, started in 1968.[75]
  • Hinckley Gang Show, started in 1980.[76][77]
  • Wellingborough Gang Show - 25th birthday celebrated in 2010[citation needed]
  • Deeping Gang Show, started 1987.[78]
  • North Nottinghamshire Gang Show - Started in 2009.[79]
  • Lincoln District Gang Show.[80]
  • South East Lincolnshire Gang Show started in 2011.[81]
  • Grantham Scout and Guide Gang Show[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts
  2. ^ Loughborough University Scout and Guide Club
  3. ^ Northampton University Scouts And Guides
  4. ^ Society of Nottingham Guides and Scouts
  5. ^ Peter Seddon on Robert Baden-Powell in Dovedale
  6. ^ List of Scout Groups The First Troops
  7. ^ Derbyshire Scout County
  8. ^ BBC Report - Derbyshire celebrates 100 years of Scouting
  9. ^ Whitwell Well Dressing
  10. ^ Peak 2005 International Scout and Guide Camp
  11. ^ Scout Wells Chapel-en-le-Frith 2009
  12. ^ Four Inns Walk
  13. ^ Kinder Walk
  14. ^ Derbyshire Scout County Team
  15. ^ Belper District
  16. ^ Derby South Scout District
  17. ^ East Scarsdale District
  18. ^ Leicestershire Scout County
  19. ^ BBC - Being Prepared 100 years on
  20. ^ Leicestershire Scouts Sub Aqua Unit
  21. ^
  22. ^ a b Willesey Online
  23. ^ Charnwood
  24. ^ Hinckley
  25. ^ Leicester South East
  26. ^ Loughborough
  27. ^ Market Harborough Scouts
  28. ^ Lincolnshire Scout County
  29. ^ Lincolnshire Scouts Media Development Website
  30. ^ Gainsborough District Scouts
  31. ^ Grantham District Scouts
  32. ^ Louth District Scouts
  33. ^ Rutland District Website
  34. ^ Lincoln District Scout Band
  35. ^ Flags of the World
  36. ^ Northamptonshire Scout County
  37. ^ "Northampton Scout Amateur Radio Group". Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. [dead link]
  38. ^ Daventry Scout District
  39. ^ Glendon Scout District
  40. ^ Neve Valley Scout District
  41. ^ Northampton Scout District
  42. ^ Wellingborough Scout District
  43. ^ Grafton Scout District Band
  44. ^ Nottinghamshire Scout County
  45. ^ YouTube Clip of Jim'll Fix it
  46. ^ Bassetlaw
  47. ^ Beauvale
  48. ^ Central Notts
  49. ^ Nottingham
  50. ^ Mansfield
  51. ^ Newark
  52. ^ Rushcliffe
  53. ^ West Bridgford
  54. ^ Retford Scout Band
  55. ^ Merger of Retford & Worksop Scouts Merger of Retford & Worksop Scouts
  56. ^ Drum Hill Scout Camp
  57. ^ Fox Coverts Camp Site
  58. ^ Johns Lee Wood Campsite
  59. ^ Lincoln District Scout Camp
  60. ^ Grantham District Dukes Covert Campsite
  61. ^ Shacklewell Hollow Camp Site
  62. ^ Yr Hen Felin Cottage
  63. ^ Cynwyd Youth Hostel bought by Northampton Scouts
  64. ^ Nottinghamshire Camp Sites
  65. ^ Hollygate Scout Camp
  66. ^ Robin Hood Scout Campsite
  67. ^ Sherbrooke Scout Campsite
  68. ^ Walesby Forest Scout Campsite
  69. ^ UK Gang Shows
  70. ^ Nottingham Gang Show
  71. ^ Grimsby Gang Show
  72. ^ BBC Report - Riding along on the crest of a wave
  73. ^ Northampton Gang Show
  74. ^ Kettering Gang Show
  75. ^ Derby East Gang Show
  76. ^ Hinckley Gang Show
  77. ^ Hinckley Gang Show
  78. ^ Deeping Gang Show
  79. ^ North Nottinghamshire Gang Show
  80. ^ News on Lincoln District Gang Show
  81. ^ South East Lincolnshire Gang Show