Camping, Campsites & Activity Centres

Camping is an integral part of the Scouting Programme, and forms part of the Nights Away scheme.

Before organising a camp, leaders should ensure they hold the relevant nights away permit, and that they have completed a nights away notification.

See below for the range of campsite & activities around the Avon area. There are also Scout campsites throughout the UK and overseas. Many groups still camp in a traditional style in farmers fields (requiring a greenfield permit), and for lightweight camping expeditions.

If you’re not sure where to start, talk to your District Nights Away Adviser or District Commissioner.

Benjamin Perry Boathouse

This activity centre is situated on Phoenix Wharf, in the centre of Bristol’s Harbourside.

Information about the centre

Booking Form

Woodhouse Park Activity Centre

Woodhouse Park is a National Scout Activity Centre and is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds, the Mendips and the Wye Valley as well as the historic cities of Bristol and Bath. Enclosed by picturesque woodland, Woodhouse Park is easily accessible from the M4 and M5, and offers stunning views over the Severn bridges. With hiking and orienteering, an obstacle course, climbing, archery and an indoor rifle range, there’s plenty to choose from. Great camping and indoor accommodation to suit every taste.

Glenny Wood Campsite

Glenny Wood is a fantastic campsite in woodland near Portishead.

Centenary wood

Centenary wood campsite near Bath was created to celebrate the centenary of Scouting. Contact County Office to book, at least 7 days notice is required.

Chelwood Campsite

Chelwood Campsite belongs to the 1st Keynsham Scout Group. It’s near Chelwood Village, Keynsham and has 30 acres of secluded countryside and woodland.

Cleeve Hill Campsite

Cleeve Hill campsite, Bath is ideal for District, Troop, Patrol or Pack camps and a great site for a traditional camp, a base to explore the surrounding area.


East Winds activity centre is in Brislington, Bristol. It has 2 bunk rooms for 8 and 6 people and toilets & showers. Contact Graham Shaddick, telephone 0117985 8242 or email East Winds 

Maefking Hall

Mafeking Hall is in Coalpit Heath and offers camping and indoor accomodation.