Surrey is lucky enough to have plenty of camping areas within the County. As a County, Surrey Scouts have been responsible for Bentley Copse Campsite for many years.
In addition to this larger “County Managed” site, there are several smaller “District Managed” sites which can be found in our list of campsites.
Surrey County’s own campsite nestling in the leafy foothills of the South Downs. Open throughout the year (apart from Christmas) with many local attractions available. Substantial information brochure available from the warden.
Birchmere is ideal for all sizes of camps from small units hiking through to week-long group camps and is a perfect base for exploring the local area. The site has ample room for up to 100 campers with plenty of room left over for on-site activities.
It also offers two indoor kitchens and activity rooms. In addition there is a wooded area – Woolgers Wood – that is perfect for bivvy-style camping, string trails or nature walks for Beavers and younger Cubs. Birchmere offers groups the flexibility to plan an exciting programme that includes the traditional camping activities on site and on the surrounding Wisley Common and easy access to exciting activities available in the local area.
Adjoining Wisley Common are Silvermere and Ockham Commons with extensive wood and heathland to extend walks over longer distances and providing ample scope for navigation exercises, wide games and spotting local flora and fauna. We are open to Scouts, Guides, D of E expeditions and other bona fide youth groups.
Epsom & Ewell and Leatherhead District
Boidier Hurst Scout Campsite, Headley Road, Boxhill, Surrey
Jointly owned by Epsom & Ewell and Leatherhead districts, this site adjoins National Trust land and has 11 individual sites set in mainly chestnut woods together with a large activity field. The site is open for camping from March 1st to November 31st. In addition there is the Manly building which can be booked to cater for 36 persons and has a kitchen and Leaders room. There is a modern toilet block with free hot showers and a site payphone. The site is close to High Ashurst, Surrey County Council Adventure Centre and a small village general store.
Boxhill and Headley Heath countryside areas are easily accessible. For more detailed information, please visit the website.
Contact: Carol Reeves
Our site is very secluded and safe, it feels like you are in a Woodland Wilderness. We have a superb Climbing Tower on site and can now also offer an Indoor Rifle range. Earleywood has 13 individual camp sites located across the site in small open areas of woodland. It is great for traditional camping and patrol camps, or can also be used for larger District camps as our total capacity is for 250. There are fire places on site and wood is available from the wood pile. There is also a water supply on site. The outdoor toilet block refurbishment is adding hot showers and will open in Spring 2013. There is a chapel and a camp fire circle. The Scout Centre and Rowney buildings also offer indoor facilities for pack holidays or wet weather accommodation.
Farnham District’s site with 8 Patrol sites and space for approximately 140 camping. The site is a pleasant mainly level 7 acre field with easy access from the road, and bonded on one side by a shallow river. Farnham town is 3 miles to the north with Tilford village within walking distance (bridle path).
Flush toilets, standpipes and a permanent building with kitchen and toilets (including disabled facilities) are available March-October. The Toilet block has male and female facilities including showers.
Activities and provision available on site include: Climbing tower, Archery, Rafting, Activity Trail, Rifle shooting facilities, canoeing on the river (limited), orienteering course, wet weather buildings and an area for bivouacs.
Jordan Heights is a secluded campsite near Reigate. It was once a hillside garden for a member of the Royal Society. During World War 2 it was used to house an army pigeon loft. Reigate District Scouts took over the lease of the campsite from the National Trust on the 1st November 2011: the site having previously been leased to Girl Guiding Surrey East since September 1952.
This is a unique site, hidden away, but within 15 minutes of Reigate Station. An ideal place to walk into or out of from the North Downs.
Jordan Heights is on the wooded slope of Reigate Hill, within easy access of Junction 8 of the M25. Access is via a bridle way and a zig zag path with steps. It is well suited for camps of up to 100 persons. The site is on three levels with a large hut known as Doreen’s Lodge on the main camping level. This has an open fire place and lighting from a generator.
If you want to be a backwoodsman or camp in the traditional way, this is the place for you. It has seclusion, mains water, two wash stations and four toilets with lighting run by a generator. There are tables and benches and lots of different garden games available for use by groups.
We have an archery range, a rifle shooting range, a transverse Climbing Wall, Axe throwing, Crazy Golf, Camp Fire Circle, Chapel, Pioneering Poles available, orienteering course
and assault course.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer, Network and Leaders will love it!
Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PF
Contact: Bookings Secretary Doris Sapsed,
5 Albury Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 1QY – 020 8397 7662
Epsom Division Guides’ campsite in Horton Country Park – part of the Green belt. This is a basic site but with a recently completed brick built toilet block with disabled facilities. Six altar fire areas, one campfire area – no solid shelter but space for several patrol camps or one Troop camp. Chessington World of Adventures, Ashtead Woods and Epsom Common, Epsom Town (BR to London 25 minutes) within walking distance (1 mile). Access via narrow lane unsuitable for anything larger than a minibus (300 yards to public highway) – onsite parking for no more than 6 cars.
Park Farm is the Banstead District Site and is two acres adjoining Banstead Woods and Park Downs. Since 2006 many improvements have been made and are still ongoing, including a recently opened climbing / abseiling tower with climbs for all levels of skill, a training room, an archery range and an indoor rifle shooting range. There are 8 concrete altar fire places for patrol cooking, alongside the individual tent pitches. The kitchen is well equipped and has a 6 ring catering cooker, double oven and a fridge freezer. A large hall is included for dining and for emergency accommodation for camps.
There are male and female leaders’ and boy’s and girl’s wash rooms with hot showers.
Visit in May to see Banstead Woods as a sea of bluebells. There is a nature trail nearby. Chipstead Station is a short walk away for frequent trains to and from London.
Located in 20 acres of woodland on the top of Ranmore, situated in the heart of the North Downs, the campsite was originally used as a base for logging: the remains of the sawmill building can still be seen in the small field. The main body of the campsite is nestled within the woods with a large activity area. We are in the process of re-developing the site to have more facilities, but currently, as well as a gated car park, campfire circle and chapel, we have 13 patrol sites, four of which have altar fires. There are also two water points, an elsan emptying point and limited toilet facilities. The site also has access to plenty of wood!
With the North Downs Way directly bordering the site to the south, this campsite has great links to other Scout campsites to the east and west of the site, all within half a day’s hike. The town of Dorking is a five minute drive down to the bottom of the valley, with the vineyard walks towards the north east of the site; the National Trust house Polesden Lacey is just over an hour’s walk to the north.
The town of Dorking has three train stations, all serviced from London to Horsham and Reading to Gatwick Airport. These stations are around 45 minutes’ walk from the campsite. Ranmore also has mobile phone signal on some networks.
Roverdene, Pilgrims Way, Hilltop Lane, Chaldon, Caterham, Surrey
Contact: Mrs. Gwen Hoare
Walton Firs Activity Centre
Located in Esher District
Walton Firs, Convent Park, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HB
Contact: Walton Firs Burwood Park, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HB – 01932 863243