COVID-19 Update

We haven't gone away!

Given guidance from the Prime Minister, we have suspended all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events for the time being.

You will no doubt be aware that the Coronavirus situation continues to develop around the world.

The Prime Minister has announced that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making. Given this new guidance, we have suspended all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events for the time being.

The Scout Association have set up a dedicated web page at to keep you up to date on the latest developments.

It's in challenging times like these that our Scout values matter most. The Scout Association are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis.

We are also developing some fun activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation.

We may have had to stop our face-to-face meetings but the groups within Derwentside (Annfield Plain, Burnopfield, Blackhill, Consett, Dipton, Leadgate and out Explorer Unit) are working together and coming up with ideas to keep Scouting activity going until normal meetings can resume.


Offering over 200 different activities, Scouting helps 6-25 year olds to grow in confidence, develop skills for life and become active members of communities across Derwentside.

All of this is possible through our committed volunteers, who give up their free time to manage, lead and deliver programmes and activities for young people.

Derwentside provides and supports over 370 young people in:

  • six groups, each with Beaver, Cub and Scout sections, running activities for 6-14 year olds
  • a District Explorer Unit for 14-18 year olds
  • a Scout Network for 18-25 year olds

Our groups are extremely popular with young people which means, for some groups there are waiting lists. We try to fit everyone in as soon as we can and will be happy to talk over options with you.

The key for us to be able to provide more Scouting for more young people is the number of adult volunteers we can recruit. If you're interested in supporting in any way, take a look at our volunteer section.

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