COVID-19 Update

We haven't gone away!

After guidance from the Prime Minister, we suspended all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events.

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

As of midnight tonight all face-to-face Scouting for youth members and adults has been suspended. As the situation changes we are planning for a phased return to face-to-face Scouting. This may take a little time as safety is our overriding concern and we want to involve our leaders, parents and youth members in the process as we move forward in line with our national framework. Groups will be returning to online activities and meetings they've been doing since March.

We may have had to stop the majority of our face-to-face meetings for now but the groups within Derwentside (Annfield Plain, Burnopfield, Blackhill, Consett, Dipton, Leadgate and out Explorer Unit) have been working together and delivering Scouting activities over the last four months and keeping things 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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