Activity & Adventure

Scouts take part in over 200 activities. Everyday adventure is central to Scouting. From abseiling to zorbing and all that is in-between. In East Somerset District we have a range of activity centres, a District campsite and specialist support covering land, water, creative, international and air activities. You can guarantee great facilities, expert training and a sense of adventure as standard. Our advisers, instructors and assessors run everything from taster sessions, to programme activities, training and assessment for activity authorisations. They are also an excellent source of information, advice and guidance for both internal Scouting & external organisation providing activity sessions and courses.


Activity and Nights Away Notifications

Activity Notification forms

This online form must be submitted at least 7 days before any activity. A copy of this form will be emailed to you for your records.  To complete the form, click on Quicklink at the top of the page and select Scout Forms and fill out the online form.  This will be automatically sent to your District Commissioner (and any other designated District contact).  A copy will also be sent to you for your records and to your Group Scout Leader (GSL). Click HERE to complete the form.

Nights Away Notification forms

This online form provides the information a Commissioner requires to approve an event to take place (i.e. POR 9.1b/9.1c). When you submit the form, it is automatically sent to the relevant commissioner (and thier designate where applicable).  This form should be submitted at least seven days before the event in normal circumstances. To complete the form, click on Quicklink at the top of the page and select Scout Forms and fill out the online form. A copy will also be sent to you for your records and to your Group Scout Leader (GSL). Click HERE to complete the form.

For all Nights Away held at facilities not owned or operated by Scouting, such as public or commercial campsites and youth hostels, the host District Commissioner must also receive a copy of the information, normally this should be fourteen days before the event. You can obtain details of the host District Commissioner from the Scout Information Centre – Tel 0845 3001818.


District Sites:

Tedbury Camp site (Frome):

Tedbury Camp Site (Frome)

The small 41-acre but beautiful site is Set in rural location on Eastern end of Mendip Hills. The camp site comprises group camp sized clearings amongst ancient wood. The site is ideal for weekend group camps or survival weekends away. The camp site has mains water access and a toilet block.

NEW charges from January 1st 2018 – Within the District £2.50 per Camper per Night. Outside the District £3.50 per Camper per Night. Also there is a new charge of £10 for Day or Evening usage (NO Camping)

For booking information please contact: Karla March (Booking Secretary) 01373 813839 email:

County Sites:

Huishwoods Camp Site (Taunton):

Huishwoods Scout Camp Site (Taunton) The site is set in 40 Acres of mixed woodland on an eastern spur of the Blackdown Hills, near Taunton. Camping and indoor accommodation is available all year. The site is managed by Blackdown Scout District. The warden Steve Mitchell and his team are dedicated to ensuring you and your group have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Horner Wood Campsite (Exmoor):

 Horner Wood Scout Camp Site (Exmoor) The Site is lies within Exmoor National Park at Horner. The site, which forms part of the Holnicote Estate – one of the largest areas of land owned by the National Trust, is leased to the Moors and Costal Scout District. There are three camping fields – The East Field which takes about 40 people; the South Field which takes about 70 people; and the West field, which can be divided, takes about 130 people. The fields are level and free draining and have the benefit of mains water. An on-site toilet block is now available since built in 2013. For booking information visit:

Regional Sites:

Woodhouse Park (Bristol):

 Woodhouse Park (Bristol) Enclosed by picturesque woodland, Woodhouse Park Scout Activity Centre is easily accessible from the M4 and M5, yet is set in peaceful countryside. With stunning views over the Severn bridges, the centre is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds, the Mendips and the Wye Valley as well as the historic cities of Bristol and Bath. Woodhouse Park offers the ideal location and facilities for an adventurous experience in the South West. With traditional outdoor activities available such as hiking and orienteering, Woodhouse Park also offers a number of other activities on-site, including an obstacle course, climbing, high ropes courses, archery and an indoor rifle range. As you would expect from a Scout Activity Centre, Woodhouse Park has extensive space for camping. This includes two sites offering magnificent views over the Severn Estuary, along with a training centre and accommodation lodge that offer the opportunity for indoor residential experiences. For more information visit their website:

Buddins Camp Site (Wareham, Nr Bournemouth)

Located in the heart of the beautiful and historic district of Purbeck, Buddens boasts 95 acres of varied countryside, heath, woodland, water meadows and plantations. With a variety of campsites, each with a different character, and a wide range of programmes catering for all groups, there is something for everyone. Visit:

Collard Bridge Campsite (Barnstaple):

Collard Bridge Campsite (Nr Barnstaple) The campsite is located not far from civilisation, but still fair enough away for a tranquil escape. Located not fair from Barnstaple in North Devon the campsite not only offers a large number of on site activities (including field archery) but also easy access to the North Devon coast and both Exmoor and Dartoor National Parks. For more information, visit the website:

Ferny Croft (New Forest):

 Ferny Croft (New Forest) Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, situated in the heart of the New Forest, is a stunning 31-acre wooded site. Only ten miles from Southampton and five miles from Lyndhurst, Ferny Crofts is the ideal base from which to explore this famous area. It is perfect for environmental, biology and geography activities as well as adventurous activities. Ferny Crofts offers a wide range of activities on-site. So whether you’re looking for a traditional camping experience making the most of the great outdoors, or you’d like a high adrenaline experience, we’ve got it covered. From abseiling to hiking, Jacob’s Ladder to backwoods cooking – if you’re visiting for a day trip, a weekend or longer, Ferny Crofts has more than enough to keep you occupied throughout your stay. For more information visit their website:

Drummer Lodge Campsite (Nr Eden Project):

Drummer Lodge Campsite (Nr the Eden Project, Cornwall) A real hidden gem for the Scouters who have not been here before. The small, friendly site is perfect for a weekend away or a week long summer camp with the group or unit. The site is run by the local District and is very well managed. It contains three good sizes fields, a toilet block and a fully equipped hall (for £10 per day) with bunk rooms, a main hall and a sub room (great for a week camp away).

For more information Contact:

Drummer’s Hill, Scredda, St. Austell, PL26 8XR
Sheet 200 SX014547
Shaun Wakeham – 01726 825004/ 07759508326

Butchers Coppice Campsite (Bournemouth):

 Butchers Coppice (Bournemouth) Butchers Coppice is a 7 1/2 acre campsite situated in the north corner of Bournemouth. They are also the closest Scout campsite to Brownsea Island. The Campsite has three indoor accommodation centres, all fully equipped to meet your needs. For the campers they offer a choice of sites on the main field or in small copse sites, all supported by a new heated toilet and shower block. For more information visit their website:


East Somerset Scouts supports and runs a large variety of fun and adventurous activities, courses and programmes each week all cross our District. We will support our leaders and helpers to take part in Instructor qualifications as well help to provide financial grant support from both District and National funds. For our young people we have land bases activities and clubs running each week, these include:

  • Rifle shooting (Variety of clubs running across the District)
  • Archery (Variety of clubs running across the District)
  • Climbing & Abseiling
  • Caving (taster sessions provide annually)
  • Monkey bridge and Zip wire experiences
  • Hiking and hill walking (Hill walking courses available for interested leaders)
  • Orienteering, Geocaching and letter boxing
  • High ropes courses
  • Woodland crafts
  • Survival skills
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Team building games / Wide games

If you would like to find out more about instructor qualifications or a local activity club for your child, please contact



Canoeing & Kayaking

We have an active canoeing section based at Sutton Bingham that welcomes scouts, guides and adults of all ages. Experienced paddlers and absolute beginners will find this a very friendly group. For more information contact Canoeing and kayaking is a very popular activity for our young people. Not only can our Young people be found most weeks at Sutton Bingham or in Langport taking part in Kayaking taster sessions or working through their paddlepower or Discovery national award programmes but also at our exciting District activity camps such as JAWS Scout camp and the BIG BASH Explorer camp. If water activities are for you then why not join a group near you and take part in this exciting sport today!

Dragon Boat Racing

Based in the historic Exeter Canal, our District Scouts have regularly used a Dragon Boating club called Execalibre , who gives the opportunity for Scouts and Guides aged 10 years and above to learn to handle a boat under oars with skill and confidence – and to have fun in doing so!

To find out more visit the Execalibre club website (Link)


Our sailing sessions are based in Sutton Bingham sailing club is run by local sailing instructors and managed by our District Scout Active Support volunteers. We organise both introductory sessions and training courses covering a wide range of abilities and are able to issue nationally recognised qualifications.

For more information contact: Chris Jones (County Sailing Co-ordinator)



Rafting is very popular in the East Somerset Scouting activity calendar and can been seen in a number of Scouts, Explorer and network programmes throughout the year. Events such as the very popular JAWS District Scout activity camp, Explorer District Big Bash and some group summer camp programmes all will see our young people designing, building and paddling rafts.

We also have a number of leaders and helpers training with rafting permits so if are a Scout group and would like to try rafting or if you are a leader or helper in the district and would like to take your rafting permit, please contact :

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Air Activities Badges

 There are lots of ways to get involved in air activities but we in East Somerset are very lucky to have the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum within our District. The Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton air Station is now able to cover the full range of activities for the Beaver and Cub Air Activities Badge and the  Scout Air Researcher Badge.



Gliding is becoming more and more popular with our Scouters in East Somerset. Our Scouters can get involved in Gliding and other air activities in a number of ways:

Mendip Gliding Club

Group evenings are available to just about any club, business, school or just come along with some friends! Group evenings also make enjoyable & unique Corporate Events. Anybody can enjoy the thrill of gliding. Gliding is the purest form of flying, eco friendly and really enjoyable so book quick to try it for yourself! We run the evenings on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s throughout the summer, other days can be arranged, please contact us for more information. If the conditions allow the glider can stay airborne for up to about 15 minutes airborne (weather dependent). £30 per person. Minimum of 8 per group Further details contact Barry Hogarth on 01934 833722 or visit