Scout Adventures are a network of activity centres owned and managed, and sometimes operated by The Scout Association. They offer outdoor facilities, activities and experiences for members of the Scout Association and other youth organisations. The centres typically have capacity for hundreds of Scouts simultaneously, including lodges and buildings, camping pitches, fireplaces, etc.
The Scout Association is the largest Scouting organisation in the United Kingdom and is the World Organization of the Scout Movement's recognised member for the United Kingdom (UK). Following the origin of Scouting in 1907, the association was formed in 1910 and incorporated in 1912 by a Royal Charter under its previous name of The Boy Scouts Association.
The Scout Association has always owned numerous campsites and other buildings. They were mostly run by local groups or departments. In 2004, the Scout Association reduced their number of nationally administered Scout Activity Centres from some twenty to four, by divesting sites to the entities that are locally involved. There are now nine National Scout Activity Centres which in September 2016 re-branded to Scout Adventures.
Two sites, Great Tower in the Lake District and Woodhouse Park near the mouth of the River Severn became national centres on 1 April 2011.
The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. The National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.
The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain at a length of 220 miles (354 km), and the second longest in the British Isles after the River Shannon in Ireland. It rises at an altitude of 2,001 feet (610 m) on Plynlimon, close to the Ceredigion/Powys border near Llanidloes, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester and Gloucester on its banks. With an average discharge of 107 m3/s (3,800 cu ft/s) at Apperley, Gloucestershire, the Severn is by far the greatest river in terms of water flow in England and Wales.
Baden-Powell House is an Event and Conference centre in South Kensington, London, which was built as a tribute to Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. From 1974 to 2001, Baden-Powell House was the headquarters of The Scout Association. It now offers fantastic meeting space in a variety of areas including a rooftop terrace. It leases its accommodation to Meininger Hotels.
South Kensington is an affluent district of West London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. With some of its easterly areas shared with the City of Westminster, the district is known as a popular tourist destination due to its density of museums and culutral landmarks.
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
Downe Scout Activity Centre was originally a camp site for Scouts from London, being controlled from 1987 by Greater London South East Scouts. In 2005, the site became one of the National Scout Activity Centres under the direct control of The Scout Association. It became Scout Adventures Downe in September 2016.
Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in Hampshire is a new centre, having been recognised as one only recently.Located in the New Forest, it contains 23 campsites, 3 accommodation units and many activities. It became Scout Adventures Ferny Crofts in September 2016.
Gilwell Park, as well as being a Scout Activity Centre and Scout Conference Centre, is both a national and international Leader Training Centre. As Scout Leaders from all countries of the world have come to Gilwell Park for their Wood Badge training, it is one of the landmarks of the world Scouting movement. It is now the headquarters of The Scout Association. The Activity Centre became Scout Adventures Gilwell Park in September 2016.
Great Tower Activity Centre is located on the eastern shore of Windermere in the Lake District National Park and the Cumbria Scout Association County. The site covers an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2). It became Scout Adventures Great Tower in September 2016.
Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre is a Scout Activity Centre on the shore of Kielder Water in Kielder Forest in Northumberland.It became Scout Adventures Hawkhirst in September 2016.
Woodhouse Park is sited in South Gloucestershire overlooking the Severn crossings.The site has five large camping fields, and two buildings which can be used for accommodation or training purposes. Woodhouse Park offers a large range of activities, either on site or nearby. Site hosted activities include Abseiling, Pioneering, Tracking, Climbing, Archery, and Air Rifles. Off-site activities include Sailing, Kayaking, and Caving. It became Scout Adventures Woodhouse Park in September 2016.
Youlbury Scout Activity Centre is a Scout Activity Centre near Oxford. It is the oldest permanent Scout campsite in the world. It became Scout Adventures Youlbury in September 2016.
Yr Hafod is a Scout Activity Centre and the Welsh Scout Council's Mountaineering Training Centre based in the Nant Ffrancon Pass in Snowdonia, Wales. The name Yr Hafod is Welsh for Summer house and the Scouts of Wales opened the training centre in 1959, with Bill Tilman performing the opening ceremony. Its main purpose is to train Scouts and their leaders in mountaineering, and it hosts summer and winter courses each year.It became Scout Adventures Yr Hafod in September 2016.
Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership programme and the related award for adult leaders in the programmes of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By "working the ticket", participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement. The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis "Skipper" Gidney and lectured at by Robert Baden-Powell and others at Gilwell Park in September 1919. Wood Badge training has since spread across the world with international variations.
Gilwell Park is a camp site and activity centre for Scouting and Guiding groups, as well as schools and other youth organisations. The site also houses a training and conference centre, including the hosting of social events such as weddings and birthday parties. The 44 hectare (109 acre) site is in Sewardstonebury, Epping Forest, close to Chingford, London.
The Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) is an international Scout centre in Kandersteg, Switzerland. The centre provides lodges, chalets and campsites covering 17 hectares of land. It is open to Scouts year round, as well as to non-Scouts for most of the year. More than 11,000 young people from over 50 different countries visit the centre every year
Scouting started in Victoria as early as 1907. In the early years of Scouting in Victoria, local Boy Scout patrols and troops formed independently.
Scouting in South Australia began in 1908.
Youlbury Scout Activity Centre is one of a number of The Scout Association's National Scout Activity Centres in the United Kingdom and is the oldest permanent Scout campsite in the world.
Throughout the world there are many museums related to Scouting dedicated to preserving, communicating, and exhibiting the heritage of the Scouting movement for purposes of study, education, and enjoyment of society. A downloadable world directory of Scouting museums is available from the US Scouting Service Project.
Downe Scout Activity Centre is one of the National Scout Activity Centres under the direct control of The Scout Association in Downe near Orpington, Kent. It provides camping and indoor accommodations for Scouts and Guides.
Scout Active Support is a division of The Scout Association in the United Kingdom that provides support to units and activities. Formerly known as the Scout Fellowship, it was renamed in September 2009.
The 3rd World Scout Jamboree was held in 1929 at Arrowe Park in Upton, Merseyside, United Kingdom. As it was commemorating the 21st birthday of Scouting for Boys and the Scouting movement, it is also known as the Coming of Age Jamboree. With about 30,000 Scouts and over 300,000 visitors attending, this jamboree was the largest jamboree so far.
Scouting in South East England is about Scouting in the official region of South East England. The largest membership is represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom, while there is also a presence of traditional Scouting groups, such as the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
Francis "Skipper" Gidney (1890–1928) was an early leader of the Scouting movement in the United Kingdom. He was appointed the first Camp Chief of Gilwell Park in May 1919, and organized the first Wood Badge adult leader training course there in September 1919. He served in the Scouting organization until 1923, and was honoured by having the Gidney Cabin at Gilwell, a training centre, named for him.
Foxlease is a training and activity centre of Girlguiding near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK. The Foxlease estate has been owned and managed by the Guides since 1922. The estate is 65 acres (260,000 m2) and main house is known as The Princess Mary House, in honour of her marriage. Foxlease hosted the Guides' Third International Conference, the Sixth World Conference and also the first World Camp.
Scouting in Wales is largely represented by ScoutsCymru, a branch of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom, although some groups of the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association also operate there.
Scouting in the region of Greater London is largely represented by The Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
Scouting in North East England refers to Scouting in the official region of North East England. It is largely represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some groups of traditional Scouting, including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
Scouting in South West England is about Scouting in the official region of South West England. It is largely represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
Gilwell Ada's Hoeve is one of the oldest Dutch national Scouting campsites, and from July 1923 until the 1960s hosted the Wood Badge trainings for Scouting leadership in the Netherlands. The site was founded as a Scouting campsite in 1923 by Philip baron van Pallandt on his Eerde Estate in Ommen. One of the largest Dutch sites of Scouting Nederland, it covers 45 hectares, and has 25 camping fields and other accommodation, hosting approximately 10,000 camping nights annually.
Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre is one of a number of The Scout Association's National Scout Activity Centres in the United Kingdom. It is the newest of the Scout Activity Centres and is both owned and managed by Hampshire Scouting. It is 31 acres
B-P's footprint is a casting, usually in bronze or brass, of the right foot of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout and Guide Movements, who is known as "B-P." The idea is that people may put their foot into this casting, so that they can say that they have "walked in the footsteps of B-P."