The Foundation of the Scout Movement by Sir Robert Baden Powell was in 1908 and four years later in 1912 a Royal Charter was granted making the official title 'Boy Scouts Association'. Significantly, in that same year Miss Constance Wilmot of Chaddesden Hall whose family had lived in Chaddesden since the days of Edward the Confessor, became so encouraged by Baden Powell's ideas she persuaded the the Vicar, the Reverend Allis-Smith, to start a troop of scouts in the village.
The first meeting was on 8th September 1912 and consisted of forty-five boys. The troop was first part of Breadsall & District but later transferred to Derby & District and are now part of Derby East District. A troop band was formed soon after which survived until about 1950. The first cub pack (now Gold Pack) was started in 1934 and a second pack started (Green Pack) started in 1967 but unfortunately Gold Pack has recently closed due to the lack of both cubs and leaders. As a Group we hope to be able to reopen it when membership increases as the popularity of scouting increases and of course, providing new leaders can be found. In 1935 a Rover crew was started and survived until around 1950.
Since the Group's 50th year we have coped with the variety of changes within, what is now called 'The Scout Association', a decision taken following major changes within the movement in 1967 and the introduction of The Venture Scout Unit which replaced Senior Scouts and welcomed girls. In 1986 the Beaver Scout section was introduced to cater for the youngsters as a prelude to becoming a Cub Scout and the 27th immediately started a Beaver Scout Colony. Girls are now welcome in all areas of the movement and the 27th now has girls within all sections.
You can see that the group has a long history and during that time has been involved in nearly all aspects of scouting and as Group Scout Leader I'm very proud of what has been achieved and hope that anyone who wishes to become a member of the 27th Derby (Chaddesden) Scout Group whether it is as a leader or a member of one the sections would wish to make a positive contribution to help in the future development of the group and in the process, enjoy what can become a very important part of your development within today's society.
Bob Rogerson, Group Scout Leader.