Deben District Scouts

District morning

8th Dec 2019

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

Venue: TBA


Suitable for: Scouting adults who wish to catch up with the DC and others from the District team. We are happy to discuss anything you like relating to your Scouting.  You can either make an appointment or it is okay to just drop by. This is a relaxed friendly morning when the District are available to support you. 

Meeting venues

Sharing community spaces. Do you have a space you could share with your community? There’s a new tool that matches under-used spaces with people searching for places to meet. People can book and make payments directly on the site. Register your space or look for a space online.


Suffolk Walking Festival

Sat 9th May to Sun 31st May 2020

Scouts are invited to create an event for this festival! These need to be in by end Oct

For more information, please contact 

“The Suffolk Walking Festival is one the largest and longest running walking festivals in the country. In 2019 it offered over 120 walks in 3 weeks across Suffolk, with record numbers of participants, national media coverage, radio slots and live TV interviews. It left an incredible 29 million footprints across the county and created economic activity of over £200,000.
The festival is truly pan-Suffolk with walks and events in every part of the county. An ambition of the festival is to engage with people of all ages and all backgrounds. Because of this, the festival is asking the Scouts to become involved in the 2020 walking festival.

The festival is offering the opportunity for scouts to develop Skills for Life by developing and leading walks and events. This could include setting out a geocaching trail for a self-guided walk, developing a walk which is guided by scouts, or being sponsored to walk the annual Challenge Walk, a long-distance, multi-day walk across the county. These are just some ideas that could be considered, but the opportunity is open to any thoughts you may have.

David Falk, the festival director, is happy and keen to meet you to discuss ideas and help guide you through the process of creating and delivering a Suffolk Walking Festival event. But, the timetable is tight. The festival confirms its programme by mid-November, meaning walks have to be submitted and agreed by the end of October.”

Announcement – ADC Beavers

Summer 2019

I am delighted to welcome Paddy Jackaman to the role of ADC Beavers. Paddy is an experienced and enthusiastic leader within the Beaver Section and this summer he was a member of the leadership team that took Deben Explorers to the World Scout Jamboree. Paddy will be at the District morning on 8th Sept if you would like to meet him there, if not before. I’m aware it is a while since we had someone in this supportive role and further info can be found under District Supporters.

Adults water activities

Getting water activities into your section programme can be easier than you think…and it’s not just for Scouts and Explorers, it’s easy to give your Beavers and Cubs the opportunity too…
Come along to our adults ‘have-a-go day’ in September to try some of the activities the county water activities team can support you with.
You can do anything when you put your mind to it! See event and booking details in the flier at

Thorpeness Mere Day

28th September 2019

Suitable for:  Scouts and Explorers

Times:  9.30am to 4pm

LIC: Jo Saagi

You can only apply through your Leader! (Leaders click here )

Announcement – new CC

Deben welcomes Mark Pearson as our current County Commissioner

Mark’s role is to lead and manage  the Scout County to ensure it runs effectively and develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association, provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adult volunteers. He will be leading the continued roll out of the 5-year Scout strategy “Skills for Life”.

For those who have not yet met Mark, he has been involved with Scouting for many years, including holding ADC and GSL roles. Professionally Mark is a Marketing Director and his plan this autumn is to semi-retire and have more time to devote to Scouting.

Mark has personally said that he would love to be invited to evenings and events you are running in your groups, please keep your GSL and DC informed if you invite him along.

Training Academy

5th and 6th October 2019

Now open for bookings, please see the woodbadge training page for more details

Deben’s Success at National Archery Competition!

Deben District Archery Team enjoyed a successful weekend at the National Scout Archery Competition 🎯 
Between them, they achieved 13 medals!

Including a Bronze medal in the Teams Head to Head Finals!

Above are our 5 National Champions, who won …

🏆 Ryan – Under 18 Target Own Equipment
🏆Stuart – Adult Target
🏆Finley – Under 14 Field
🏆Will – Under 18 Target Supplied Equipment
🏆Ian – Adult Field

‘Cambria’ Sailing Barge (2nd trip)

13 – 15th September 2019

Suitable for: Explorers and Scouts age over 12 (please speak with your Leader first)

Venue: Starting at Pin Mill, down river to sea and up Walton backwaters (weather permitting)

LIC: tbc

If you would like to lead this, please speak with J Stone, ADC (Water Activities). Jane says: I am happy to co-ordinate the bookings and take payments on behalf of the trust, arrange delivery of the food for the weekend to Pin mill and provide a menu plan however I will not be able to be there. In short, we will need an Adult to take on the role of event leader for the actual weekend. I would LOVE to do this but am not here so very sad.