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Here you will find all the information you need to know for your child’s residential to Gilwell Park.  This page will also contain updates on the Year 5 children during their time at Gilwell.


Monday 7th May

The children arrived saftey at Gilwell and are now having a great time on the 3g swing!


    Tuesday 8th May

    Day Two at Gilwell

    Breakfast was amazing- eggs, beans, toast, sausages, hash browns , bacon and cereal. After that, we went back to the lodge to collect water and sun cream then got ready for our first activities. 

    Over the last 48 hours, each child has experienced new activities including: 3G swing, free fall, raft building and crate stacking. 

    Lunch was really tasty too and we’re looking forward to this evening’s hike after dinner. 

    From Team 1

    Wednesday 9th May

    Day three at Gilwell

    Everyone slept much better last night. Every room was quiet by 10 and the teachers even had to wake us up for breakfast at 730! We think it was Tuesday evening’s trek that tired us out (and the late night on Monday!). 

    Today’s activities included another amazing breakfast,zip wires, raft building and 3G swing. The sun is shining and we’re all drinking lots of water and putting on lots of sun cream. We’re all very excited about this evening’s campfire which will be extra special for one pupil who has their birthday today!

    Thursday 10th & Friday 11th May

    The children had a fantastic day yesterday trying more new activities - zip wiring, orienteering and Jacob's ladder plus wide games in the evening.

    They've eaten well and again had a hearty breakfast before rock piling and go karting to finish the week.

    Overall they've had an amazing week, they are all exhausted but happy and are looking forward to telling you all about it when you collect them  at 1.30pm from Branchet Lodge today.

    Right now they're are in competition to see who has won the prize for the tidiest room!

    Best wishes
    Mrs Simmonds, Mr Simmonds and Mr Sullivan

  • Arrival

    We ask that your group leader checks in at Scout Adventures reception before making your way to your accommodation or setting up camp. Our team will be happy to show you to your accommodation or camping area and answer any questions you may have about our facilities and site.

  • Parking

    We request that all vehicles are left in our car parks, leaving roads and paths clear for emergency access. Please remember our 5 mph speed limit on site for the safety of our guests.

    All coaches must remain parked in Branchet Car Park, just off the Main Drive. Vehicles are not allowed onto campsites. If you require assistance getting large items onto your campsite, please contact Scout Adventures reception.

  • Buildings

    Kitchens in our residential accommodation are full equipped to cater for the number of people they accommodate. Please be aware that we do not provide bedding as standard in our buildings. Please make sure you bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

    We ask that buildings are left in the same condition as they were found. All guests are expected to empty their fridges and freezers, as well as leaving appliances, utensils and crockery clean. A cleaning fee may be added to your final invoice if the building is not found to be left in a satisfactory state.

    We will provide and restock toilet rolls and soap dispensers in all toilets, so please let us know if you’re running short. We do provide basic cleaning equipment such as mops, brooms and hoovers in our lodges – but please be aware we do not provide cleaning chemicals, cloths and so on.

  • Camping

    There are 5 toilets and shower blocks on site, these are regularly cleaned by our team. Both hand soap and toilet rolls are provided. Accessible toilet and shower facilities can be found on Woodlands, Brachet and at Camp Square. All toilets are accessible to use by all campers and guests at our centre.

    We ask that all campsites are left in the same conditions as they were found. Please take everything with you and ensure you remove all litter.

    Fires may only be lit off the ground, or in an existing group fire pit. If you would like to use a campfire circle or borrow an altar fire, please contact Scout Adventures reception.

    We have limited spaces to refreeze ice blocks on site. This freezer is available in the foyer of the lid.

  • Catering

    If you have booked catering with us, we ask for dietary requirements six weeks before your arrival. We will pass these to our caters who will ensure these needs are met. We’ll let you know your meal time slots and where you’ll be eating before you arrive on site.

    Our caters always aim to offer the freshest food, so please be aware there may be changes based on produce availability.

    Please be aware that our kitchens have a high turnover of users and, unless previously agreed with our catering team, we cannot guarantee that any food prepared on site has not come into contact with specific allergens. It is the responsibility of the group leader to provide us with any dietary requirements and monitor students at meal times.

  • Site Information

    If you are arranging for shopping to be delivered, a member of your group must be on-site to accept delivery. Please ensure you provide a mobile phone number for the driver to contact you on.

    No dogs (or other pets), other than assistance dogs, are permitted at Gilwell Park, unless specific authorisation has been given in advance.

    Smoking is not permitted in front of young people. Our designated smoking areas are located in the Branchet Car Park, The Lid Car Park, and the Wilson Way Car Park.

    All the trees at the centre are managed to ensure your safety, we therefore  request that groups  do not damage trees in any way. You are welcome to use the wood you find around site and at the Wood Pile, but please use sparingly. Due to environmental concerns we no longer burn treated wood, including pallets.

    Bins are located around the site and outside all lodges. We do have chemical disposal points on site, please enquire at Scout Adventures reception.

    Centre quiet hours are between 2230 and 0730. Please ensure all generators are off during these times, and noise is kept to a minimum to avoid disturbing other guests.

    Our on-site shops are open daily during the peak season. Otherwise, please come and see us at Scout Adventures reception and we will be happy to get them open. You will find a range of souvenirs, clothing, camp essentials, sweets and drinks, and other items.

    Gilwell Park is a site open to all - so please be aware that there is a public footpath through the centre and you may encounter other guests or members of the public.

    You are welcome to use cameras at our centre, but please do not take photos or videos of others without their prior written permission. We also do not allow drones to operate on our centre, unless specific authorisation has been arranged in advance.

  • Activites

    Our activities are generally booked  several  months  in advance, and we ask that all bookings  are made at least 4 weeks before your arrival. The timings of all your sessions will be included on your booking receipt.

    Please be aware that our instructed activities have a maximum of 12 participants per session. Our instructors are unable to change this as they are required to run all activities in line with our approved operating procedures. There must always be at least one adult accompanying the participants on each activity session.

    For safety and comfort, please ensure appropriate closed-toe footwear is worn on all sessions. Shorts should be at least knee length and tops should cover all of the upper body. Long hair should be tied back, jewellery and neckers removed, and no skirts. All of our off-ground activities have a weight limit of 18 stone or 115kg.

    If you are a member of The Scout Association and running a self-instructed session that requires a permit, we are only able to accept permits that are entered into the Compass membership system. For all other self­ instructed sessions requiring a NGB qualification, we will require proof the instructor holds this qualification in advance. In any case, please contact the centre to ensure we have all the details we need.

    For air rifles sessions, please remember that written permission is required for all participants under the age of 18. At this end of this document you'll find our permission form, so please ensure that this is distributed and signed copies presented to the instructor at the start of the session. An adult over the age of 21 will also need to be present at each session.

    The meeting point for all activities is by the clock  tower  in Camp  Square. Please  arrive at the meeting  point a few minutes prior to your activity. If you have booked an activity in a box with us, this will be available from Scout Adventures reception at the booked session time.

  • Emergencies

    Groups are responsible for their own first aid cover, except when on one of  our activity  sessions. However, our staff are first aid trained and will be happy to offer you support if you need it. Should you need to call the emergency services, we ask that you let us know immediately after dialling 999.

    If you require urgent assistance, please contact us on 07885 76507 4. This line is available 24/7 and for urgent assistance only. During office hours, please contact the Scout Adventures reception for any routine enquiries.

    Please familiarise yourself with the fire evacuation plan posted in each building. Our fire assembly points are located at Wilson Way Car Park, the White House and The Lid.

    The signal for the emergency evacuation of the whole centre is a constant, single pitch siren. Every guest should immediately report to the emergency evacuation assembly point on Branchet Field, unless otherwise directed. Group leaders should assemble their group and report any missing persons to the assembly point officer. Groups should stay together and follow all instructions. Do not leave Gilwell Park by foot or vehicle until instructed to do so.

  • Departure

    When you have reached the end of your stay with us, please ensure that your accommodation is left clean and tidy for the next guests, as described in this information pack.

    Please ensure you check out at Scout Adventures reception and return any keys or equipment. Payment of all outstanding accounts is required prior to departure from the centre.

Preparing for your adventure

Below you will find information provided to us by Gilwell Park. A PDF copy is also avaliable for to download below.

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