Scout Adventures (The Scout Association)

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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 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:[1]

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.[2]

Baden-Powell House[edit]

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.

Scout Adventures Downe[edit]

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.

Scout Adventures Ferny Crofts[edit]

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in Hampshire is a new centre, having been recognised as one only recently.[3] 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[edit]

A Scout camp at Gilwell Park

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.

Scout Adventures Great Tower[edit]

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).[4] It became Scout Adventures Great Tower in September 2016.

Scout Adventures Hawkhirst[edit]

Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre is a Scout Activity Centre on the shore of Kielder Water in Kielder Forest in Northumberland.[5] It became Scout Adventures Hawkhirst in September 2016.

Scout Adventures Woodhouse Park[edit]

Woodhouse Park is sited in South Gloucestershire overlooking the Severn crossings.[6] 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.

Scout Adventures Youlbury[edit]

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.

Scout Adventures Yr Hafod[edit]

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.[7] It became Scout Adventures Yr Hafod in September 2016.

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