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Copley Centre

The Copley Scouting Centre is based on the outskirts of St. Ives

The site

Situated adjacent to the River Great Ouse (a backwater of the river with access to the main river, forms one boundary), this is a small wooded site of four acres in a very attractive setting. The camping areas are grassed clearings of varying size.

The site is suitable for all Scout activities including boating and canoeing as small craft can be launched from the bank of the backwater or down a launch ramp close by. Pioneering poles, pallets, milk crates etc. are available for use on the site.

Each camping area has a permanent concrete fire pad and there are dedicated backwoods cooking and campfire areas on site. A supply of firewood is available but campers are asked not to be wasteful. Cutting and felling of trees and scrub is not allowed. Wet and dry pits are not permitted. Recycling is encouraged with the provision of separate storage bins.

Male, female and accessible toilets and showers are situated in the HQ building. All doors to the building have ramped access.

The kitchen in the HQ building is equipped with two domestic electric cookers, a domestic fridge/freezer, water heater, microwave, kettles and a limited selection of pots, pans and untensils sufficient to cater for a sleepover.

The number of vehicles on the site car park is limited but there is ample parking 100 yards away by the Leisure Centre. Arrangements for heavy vehicles, buses or coaches are to be made with the Warden. Caravans are not allowed on the site.

Dogs are not allowed on the site.

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Campsite Directory - June 2017

The campsites listed below are formulated from those currently either listed on Scout Campsite listings/websites, Girl Guiding UK websites and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme websites. The campsites listed are either within Cambridgeshire County Boundaries or within 30-45 minutes of travel from such

Scout Campsites

Copley Centre, St.Ives Large number camping and backwoods sites
Holt Island Campsite, St.Ives Small number camping and backwoods sites
Haverhill Scout and Guide Campsite Large number camping and backwoods sites
Three Fishes Campsite, March Large number camping and backwoods sites
Barton Crofts Scout Centre, Wisbech  Small number camping and backwoods sites
Bradfield Park, Bradfield Combust  Large number camping and backwoods sites
Bidwell Centre, Two Mile Bottom  Large number camping and backwoods sites
Wadenhoe Campsite, Oundle Large number camping and backwoods site
Boyd Memorial Campsite, Henlow  Large number camping and backwoods sites
Skreens Park, Essex Large number camping
Risden Park, Harlow Large number camping and backwoods sites
Mepal Outdoor Centre, Mepal Although this is a privately run site it is suitable for Scouting

Other Scout Campsites

Suffolk Scouts Campsites
Essex Scouts Campsites
Bedfordshire Scouts Activity Centre
Hertfordshire Scouts Activity Centres and Campsites
National Scout Campsite Directory






Girl Guiding UK Campsites

Jarman Centre, Newmarket Large number camping and backwoods sites



National Trust

Wicken Fen, Lode Small number camping backwoods only (Greenfield site)



Duke of Edinburgh Campsites

Private Sites that appear on the D of E Website in Cambridgeshire. Most only take approx 20 campers but some offer private fields which are up to 2 acres in size. These obviously need to be verified that they comply with the requirements of our own rules and facility requirements before use and or booking.

Agden Farm, St.Neots  
Apple Acre Park, Fowlmere (2 acre site available)
Ferry Meadows Campsite, Peterborough  
Highfield Farm, Comberton  
Hinchinbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon  
Karma Farm, Isleham  
Ferrer House, Huntingdon  
Lode Holiday Park, Wisbech  
Parklands Park, Wisbech  
Sacrewell Farm and Country Park, Peterborough  
Westview Marina, Earith  
Yarwell Mill Camping Park, Peterborough  











There are another 12 or so Duke of Edinburgh sites within a short distance of Cambridgeshire borders - see the Link

Camping Risks and Safety Advice

Camping is one of the most important activities that Scouts take part in. From our experience, it can also result in a large number of accidents. 

Unity (Scout Insurance Services) has been insuring Scout camps and activities for over 80 years, and has had to deal with many accident claims and reports. By analysis of incident reports, and learning from the mistakes and misfortune of others, Unity offers the following advice to help you have a safer camp.

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Danemead campsite is a well wooded Scout site particularly useful for backwoods sty le camping. It is just off the A10 near Broxbourne.

Site map and full details can be obtained from their Booking Secretary, Elaine Maul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Their website also gives much information, go to

Wicken Fen

The wild camp site at Wicken opened last summer and is ideal for camping with Scout Groups. It was used by five groups last summer who all had a great time, one group even returned for their winter camp as well.

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Isle of Wight

For Camping on the Isle Of Wight please visit the Isle Of Wight Scouting website here

Barton Crofts Scout Centre

Barton Road, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech Cambs

Attractive, tree lined secluded site suitable for troop or pack camps
Extensive range of pioneering equipment available
Optional use of HQ building to include fully equipped kitchen and hall
Hot Showers
Good local village shopping, 3 miles Wisbech

Contact: Geoff Wilkinson 01945 870271
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Holt Island

Close to the Copley Centre, Holt Island is a lightly wooded island in in the River Ouse. Holt Island is an ideal spot for water activities with access to both a sheltered pool and the River Ouse to offer activities for a whole range of skills and abilities.

For further information and bookings email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pikes Poll Scouting Centre - Birmingham

Pikes Pool Scouting Centre is Birmingham Scouts own adventurous campsite & water activities centre situated to the south of Birmingham near Bromsgrove - just a few minutes drive away from the M5 and M42 Motorways.

The centre consists of 55 acres of woodlands and meadows offering excellent locations for camping and adventurous activities. At the heart of this is the 1-acre Pikes Pool providing the ideal site for beginner sessions in both self-run and instructed canoeing, kayaking and rafting activities as well as being an excellent training venue for the more experienced.

Pikes Pool Scouting Centre
Pikes Pool Lane, Burcot, Worcestershire B60 1LJ
Site Tel:  0121 445 4477  0121 445 4477 Bookings:  0121 445 1285  0121 445 1285

Castell Mountain Cottage

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Castell is a 150 year old shepherd's cottage set in the wild and wonderful countryside of the Snowdonia National Park about seven miles south west of Bala.

Indoor accommodation offers lounge with wood burning stove, dining/work room, kitchen and ablutions on the ground floor. Upstairs there are two bedrooms each with three sets of bunk beds. Outside there is a field suitable for up to six expedition tents.

The accommodation is "basic but comfortable" and is available for use as bunkhouse accommodation and campsite. Crockery and basic cooking utensils are provided.

View the cottage website for more information and contact details.

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