Nights away : camping

If you’re looking for Nights Away permits and supporting information, click here 
This page is a great opportunity to share information on nights away. If you have had a great experience, share it with the rest of the District Scouting community! You’ll also find information about some of the options for overnight camps in the UK and abroad, many of which have a full range of activities available.

This isn’t a comprehensive directory, but we hope that it provides you with some ideas or that you find something of interest to your Group. But don’t forget that groups can combine, if that helps ensure that our young people get more night away and #Skills for Life.

Local camping venues and activity centres

The following is a list of campsites and activity centres not too far from our District – where they have a website, click on the link.  Groups from the District recommend heading to Braid Wood Scout and Guide Activity Centre located in the Chiltern Hills, near Chesham. It includes an open field, a wooded area and campfires are allowed and some good hiking in the area. Facilities include a toilet and shower block.

Scout Park (Scout and Guide Campsite) 14.5 mi · London

Polyapes Scout Camp 8.7 mi · Cobham

Birchmere Scout Campsite 10.0 mi · Woking

Walter Davies Scout Campsite 12.6 mi · Slough

Southall Scout Activity Centre 4.9 mi · Southall

Frith Grange Scout Campsite 12.6 mi · London

Lees Wood Scout Camp 16.0 mi · Rickmansworth

Jordan Heights Scout Campsite 15.2 mi · Reigate

Dorney Wood Scout Campsite 14.7 mi · Slough

Earleywood Scout Campsite 14.3 mi · Ascot

South London Scout Centre 12.2 mi · London

Wilberforce Scout Centre 18.3 mi · Keston

Leeswood Scout and Guide Activity Centre 15.8 mi · Rickmansworth

Hargreaves Scout Campsite 22.3 mi · Romford

Paccar Scout Camp 13.4 mi · Gerrards Cross

Paddicks Patch Scout Campsite 22.9 mi · Reading

Bears Wood Scout Campsite 15.7 mi · Croydon

Girlguiding Chigwell Row Campsite and Activity Centre 23.4 mi · Chigwell

Braid Wood Scout Campsite 23.4 mi · Chesham

Tolmers Scout Camp & Activity Centre 21.1 mi · Potters Bar

Want to go further afield?

A great source of information about camp sites is provided by The Association of Scout and Guide Centres (ASGC) : Campsite Directory

Don’t forget that there is also a network of  Scout Activity Centres across the UK which offer overnight adventures as well as day trip options.

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) offers free membership to all scout groups/units. Further details of how to apply for this can be found from the YHA here.

You should check that your chosen site is not  on the prohibited and restricted camping directory, details of which  you can find here

You can book camp experiences via OSM – click here for access.

Tell us about your nights away adventure

Found a great camping site? Where was it, what were the facilities like? What did you enjoy and what could have gone better? Been to Disneyland Paris with your Cub pack? Enjoyed a Scout adventure abroad? “Tell us about it here!” opens a form for you submit and we can post your review on this page – alternatively download the paper form here: Nights away which should be e-mailed to

What’s coming up in the UK and beyond?

Here are links to various Jamborees and other events available in 2022 and beyond. Some of these camps are cyclical and assume that they will be proceeding  (Last updated 16/2/23):

Title Location Dates More information
Blair Atholl Jamborette 16/7/24-25/7/24  
Charnwood TBC  
Essex International  Boyton Cross, Chelmsford 27/07/24-03/08/24
Larkin Duncome Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire 27/07/24-03/08/24
Peak Derbyshire 2025
Auchengillan Blanefield, Scotland 2025
Kernow Cornwall 2025
West Sussex 2025
NorJam Norfolk Showground, Norwich 02/08/25-09/08/25
New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand 30/12/23-7/1/24
Roverway (16-22 yrs) Norway 22/7/24-1/8/24
Greater London South West County will be participating – a great opportunity for Explorers who will not go to Seoul and Network members
JOTI/JOTA Your HQ Oct-24
Pacific Canada 2024
Flow Austria 2024  
Australian 2025
17th World Scout Moot (18-25yrs) Portugal 25/7/25-3/8/25
JOTI/JOTA Your HQ Oct-25
World Scout Jamboree 2027 Sobieszewo, Poland 2027

Don’t fancy any of those? How about trying the all-year-round Jamboree at:

Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls