National Scout Activity Centres

National Scout Activity Centres offer challenge and adventure to Schools, Scouts and other youth organisations through our network of 9 UK centres. We believe in helping all young people fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We make outdoor learning affordable and we’re passionate about what we do.

A range of facilities to meet the needs of your group, including camping and back-to- basics experiences. NEW tented villages at the majority of our centres.

New School Packages
All of our new school packages are available at Downe, Ferny Crofts, Gilwell Park, Great Tower, Hawkhirst, Youlbury and Woodhouse Park Scout Activity Centres.

Ultimate Adventure is only available at Great Tower.  Check out centre pages for prices. Choose from:

Original Outdoor Experience – Immersed in the natural surroundings of our activity centres and with guidance from our instructors, pupils will experience and develop tangible skills that are useful both in the natural world and importantly, back in the classroom. Whether working as a team to cook a meal over an open fire, or reflecting on individual performance and adapting technique to score a bulls eye in an archery session – this is the essence of what scouting and school residentials are all about.

Outdoor Adventure – From their base in one of our lodges or tented villages, pupils explore, paddle, cooperate, climb and think their way through a series of exciting skills and challenges – from high ropes and archery, to canoeing and orienteering. We believe adventure is the best way to learn and that’s why we’ve packed this course full of opportunities for pupils to encounter new situations and to forge strong working relationships that will benefit them in and beyond the classroom.  This is an unforgettable week of fun, challenge and adventure.

Adventure 50:50 – Relevant learning in real life settings is what adventure is all about. However, we know that sometimes the things you need to teach require some time in the classroom too. This co-created course splits your time between self-led sessions and instructed activities. We believe in learning by doing and embedding knowledge through experience. In this course we work with you to design a programme that uses your curriculum expertise and our expertise in the outdoors to ensure that your pupils haven’t just read about it-they’ve lived it.

Ultimate Outdoor Adventure – Overcoming your obstacles, reaching your goals and celebrating your achievements, no matter how small, that’s what Scouting and this residential is all about. This course provides a real sense of adventure, all under the careful supervision of our instructors-scrambling up the Ghylls, crawling through caves, sailing vast lakes or summiting mountain peaks; challenges don’t get much more exciting than this!