Scoutabout 2020

Between: 26th June 2020 - 28th June 2020 Location: South of England Showground, Ardingly Sections: Scouts, Adult Volunteer

26th – 28th June 2020

South of England Showground, Ardingly

We’re planning that 2020 will have all the usual activities and excitement plus much more! So if you’ll be a Scout or Guide in 2020, make sure you come to this once in a lifetime event. Put the event in your diary now and ask your leaders to do the same!

You can also take a look at our event video from Scoutabout 2017.


What is Scoutabout? Scoutabout is an extraordinary event that only happens once every three years – 5,000 Scouts and Guides aged between 10 and 14 from all over Surrey participating in a weekend of fun, learning and activities.

Where is Surrey Scoutabout? At the South East of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex – the only local place big enough to take us all!

When is it? Scoutabout happens every 3 years and the next event will be on the weekend of 26th – 28th June 2020.

So what happens at Scoutabout? Scoutabout offers over 200 activities including – Caving, Canoeing, Paragliding (pre-booked only), Archery, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Crafts, Shooting and all sorts of other activities!

View the Sway!

Scoutabout Information

Scoutabout Information

Scoutabout Fees

Scouts / Guides: £35 for the weekend

Leaders / Central Staff: £13 for the weekend

Young Leaders: £13 for the weekend

Adult Day Visitors: £7 for the weekend

Pitch and Strike  – Free – up to 10pm Friday and after midday Sunday.


These prices include camping fees and activities. Each group will need to bring their own camping and catering equipment and is required to bring their own food.

Each group is responsible for arranging their own transport to and from the event. To ease congestion, please seriously consider travelling by minibus or coach rather than cars. Both mini buses and coaches will be allocated ‘Fast Track’ entry into the site.

In order to secure your registration, a deposit of £70 is required at the time of registration. Details of where to send the payment will be emailed to you within a few minutes of receiving your registration.

Phase 1 – Register Troop or Unit by 31st January 2020

Phase 2 – Register activities and upload risk assessment  – opens January 2020

Phase 3 – Register participants’ full details from 1st February 2020


Scoutabout Registration

Scoutabout Registration

Welcome to the Scoutabout Online Booking System

Scoutabout is a weekend activity camp for Scouts and Guides from Surrey. Leaders of Scout Troops and Guide Units will need to register their interest using this system and send a £70 deposit before 31st January 2020. Register Now.

Further details about Scoutabout 2020 can be found on this event page.

If you have any questions regarding Scoutabout, please contact

Activity Providers, Service Teams and other adults that will be helping with Scoutabout (and not connected with a registered group) can also register HERE.


Click HERE to register the interest of your Scout Troop or Guide Unit.

Making a payment for Scoutabout

Making a Payment for Scoutabout

The Scoutabout Administration Team would prefer all payments via BACS. In order to pay via this method, you will need the information below:

CAF Bank

Sort Code : 40-52-40

Account No : 00013107

Please use payment reference: SAB20 followed by your booking reference.

For example, if the 99th Bentley Copse had the booking reference 12345, the reference would be: SAB2012345


If your Group is unable to pay via BACS, please make out a cheque payable to Surrey County Scout Council and send it along with your booking receipt, which will be sent to you via email automatically once you have registered to:

Scoutabout Administration

County Office

Bentley Copse Scout Campsite

Hound House Road






Once your payment has been received, you will receive and email confirming your payment. These payments are also viewable from the View Payments and Balance page on the online booking system.

Scoutabout Activities

Scoutabout Activities

 Help Make Scoutabout Special

The main reason Scoutabout has been so successful for many years, is because of the volume and variety of Activities that are available at the event. Whilst a number of these activities will be provided by Commercial Organisations and Specialist Scouting Teams, the vast majority of the activities provided are run by volunteer Leaders and Members of the Scout Network, Scout Active Support and Trefoil Guild.

The expectation is that every Scout Troop or Guide Unit will provide an activity at least one activity at the event. In most cases leaders of Scout Troops and Guide Units will be able to staff these activities, it is always sensible to gain additional support from Parents and other leaders to ensure that activities can run for the whole session and ensure at least one leader is available to support the members of their troop or unit.

We are now asking all registered groups and any additional providers to register their activity using the online booking system. This will allow the Activities Team to review the activities and approve any budget that may be required. Whilst some repetition is acceptable due to the size of the event, we are sure you will understand that too much repetition would be detrimental and therefore we do reserve the right to ask you to consider an alternative activity should this occur. This will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

When planning your activity, please consider carefully the impact of single use plastic such as cups and if at all possible, act to minimise the use of single use plastic.

To register please visit the online booking system, if you already have a login, please use this and register your activity via the booking site here.

A list of previous activities is provided below; however we do encourage anyone with new and exciting activities for the event.

Activity Activity Activity Activity Activity
AA Demo Car Abseil wall Aerial runway Air rifle shooting Amateur radio station
Animal key rings Archery Astrodome Backwoods cooking Badge making
Balancing act Ballista Ball giant maze Bannock making and cooking Baseline compass course
Basic first aid Bead critter key rings Bead flag fridge magnets Bead flags Beany ducks
Beep test Belgian box Belt branding Black hole (caving) Blacksmith
Blind volleyball Bobbin challenge Bootlace race Bottletop badges Boules
Bouncy boxing Bouncy castle Bouncy slide Box cricket Box Kart races
Branding Bucking bronco Build a pyramid Bumble bees on pencil tops Bungee run
Bungee trampoline Camp fire biscuits Camp mirrors Candle dipping Candle holders
Candle leaf printing Candle making Candle painting Candyfloss & coconuts Catapult target range
Catch a fish CD clocks CD greeting cards CD pots and pulses Chariot building and racing
Chinese tattoos Circus skills Climb the rock Climbing wall Coconut shy
Coloured hairspray Computer games Computer survival challenge Cooking Copper bangles
Cork coasters Crazy golf Croquet Cross cut logging time trials Crossbow target shooting
Deadman’s crawl Decorated apples Decorated drinks bottles Decorated Glass tealight holders Decorated welly pegs
DIY makeover Drainpipe challenge Driving lessons Drone challenge Drum workshop
Duel @Soaky Corral Dunk tank Elasticated bead bracelets Encaustic art Engine building
Face painting Fastest goal Fencing experience Four man ski races Fridge magnets
Friendship bracelets Friendship people Frisbee golf Funky foam key rings Funny hair Dos
Game zone Get knotted Giant bagatelle Giant chess Giant connect games
Giant dominoes Giant Jenga Giant pick up sticks Giant puzzles Giant snakes and ladders
Gant twister Gladiator games Glass engraving Glass painting Glider making
Go karts Golf clipping challenge Grass heads Grass skiing Grass sledging
Greeting cards Gun run Hair braiding Hama beads craft Harley Davidson
Henna painting High ropes Hike tent pitching competition Holy water Hook a bottle of pop
Horse racing Horse shoe tossing Hot air balloon Human TT football Ice climbing
Ice hockey Icing and decorating biscuits Inflatable equaliser game Inflatable obstacle course Insect gliders
Japanese braiding JCB driving Jet skis Jewellery making Judo
Karaoke Karate/Self defence Key rings Kite making Laminated bookmarks
Large bubble making Laser clay pigeon shoot Lawn darts competition Leather craft Live steam railway
Macramé Love Knot Pin Making juggling balls Map symbol bingo Maze Milk crate stacking
Mind game Minefield Mini craft boxes Mini motorbikes Mini pioneering
Mobile climbing wall Monkey bike and unicycle Morris dancing Mud slide Nail painting
New age Kurling Orienteering Origami Painting spoons Pancake making
Paper rockets Paper spirals Paperfold cards Parascending Party coasters
Perfume making Pick up sticks Pillow fighting Plane table plotting Plastercasts
Pogo sticks Pole lathe turning Pom pom bugs and origami Porcelain painting Puppetry
Pushball Puzzle challenge Pyrography Quad bikes Racing mini
Radio controlled bomb run Radio controlled cars Red rose buttonhole Ring the bell Roll a car
Rope making and knots Rotating climbing wall Rounders Scalextric grand prix Scoubidou Pens/pencils
Scoubidou key rings Scoubidou woggles Sedan chair racing Sensor barrel Sequin hearts
Skittle alley Slippery pole Smokey tiles Snakes and ladders Snorkelling and scuba
Space hoppers Splat the rat Sponge bulls eye games Stained glass pictures Stilt football
Stilt walking Stress balls Super frisbee Surf simulator Syd the snake pencils
Tag rugby Tangram puzzles Team building Team challenges Tent peg making
Tetris square Tile painting Tissue honeycomb fruits Totem pole carving Trampolines
Trapeze Trebuchet Trek cart race Trick bicycles Twig race
Twirlygigs Tye dyeing Umbrella golf Volleyball Wall of hands
Water divining Water rockets Water tube Water wars Wellie throwing
Windchimes Window decoration Woggle making Wound make-up

Scoutabout Service Teams

Scoutabout Service Teams

Scoutabout is a large activity camp for Scouts and Guides held over the weekend of 27th to 28th June 2020. The event is attended by approximately 5000 young people and over 1000 leaders.

The Scoutabout Team is currently looking for individuals willing to help support the smooth running of the event during the weekend.  They are open to adults as well as Explorer Scouts and Senior Section Guides aged between 14 and 18.  This year’s teams are:

1st Aid team information 2020

Activities team information 2020

Catering team information 2020

Fire safety team information 2020

Gate team information 2020

Media team information 2020 – The Media team is now full.  Thank you for your interest!

Scoutabout service team advert 2020

ScoutaboutFM information 2020

Site team information 2020

Stewarding team information 2020

Tuck shop team information 2020


Further details about a Service Team can be found by clicking on their name.

For Leaders, Helpers, Sectional Assistants, Scout Network, Senior Section Members over 18 years old, Trefoil Guild and Scout Active Support Members there are several opportunities including the Stewarding Team, Catering Team (supporting the 200 or so Service Team Members that will be running the event) as well as general support with Activities etc.

To register your interest, please click on the correct link below:

Explorer / Rangers click HERE

Adult members click HERE.

Documents and Downloads

Scoutabout Documents and Downloads

Find what you need below (links will go live as the documents are produced):

Scoutabout 2020_Poster_RGB_Print
Scoutabout service team advert 2020 (Explorers and Rangers)
Initial Information for Leaders
Scoutabout 2020 Clothing
Parascending flyer and application forms
Risk Assessment form
Risk Assessment Guidance
Site Map
Permission to Camp Health and Activity Permission Form Instructions (video relating to Beavers Go Wild but same process)
Final Details for Leaders 2020
Event Timetable
Scoutabout Expense Form

Leader Support

Scoutabout Leader Support Information

The role of the Leader in Scoutabout is:

  • To promote Scoutabout to the Scouts/Guides.
  • To send out materials advertising Scoutabout to the Scouts/Guides.
  • To register and give preliminary numbers for your Troop/Unit.
  • To provide an activity for the event. Scoutabout anticipates approx. 4,500 Scouts and Guides will attend and we need over 200 activities to make this activity camp as successful as previous years.
  • To provide a well-considered Risk Assessment (RA) for the activity, preferably using the Scoutabout RA form.  If a generic RA form is used, please ensure that the extra information requested on the Scoutabout RA form is provided.
  • Ensure there are enough leaders to support the activity as well as giving leaders time for a break and a chance to wander around the event.  It is worth finding parental help or help from Leaders of other sections.
  • Ensure that all adults helping have a DBS.
  • To provide final numbers to the booking site.
  • To ensure that health forms are filled in.
  • Ensure that Scouts/Guides and adults all have their forms returned.
  • Ensure that Scouts/Guides and leaders have their wristband for entry to the site.
  • Ensure that activities are set up and ready before the activity sessions start. Vehicular access will be restricted during Scoutabout
  • Work with your District/Division to provide appropriate transport for equipment and Scouts/Guides. Coaches and minibuses will be fast-tracked
  • Work with your District/Division to provide central catering. This reduces the amount of equipment required, reduces the potential fire risks and reduces the number of caterers required
  • We do not expect Scouts/Guides to be accompanied by leaders during the activity sessions but they are still your responsibility.
  • You are responsible for your Scouts/Guides behaviour, health and happiness. Scoutabout, will provide adult assistance, first aid etc to support you.
  • Check the lost property for random scarves and trainers before you leave!
  • Arrange time to walk around the activity sites, make contacts, pinch ideas, network and enjoy yourselves!
  • Ensure that your expense claims are handed in.  Payment will be by BACS.
  • Feedback to your ADC/Divisional Commissioners or direct to the Scoutabout team so we can make future events even better.

ADC or Divisional Commissioner Support

Scoutabout ADC or Divisional Commissioner Support

The role of the ADC/Divisional Commissioner in Scoutabout is:

  • Promote Scoutabout amongst the Scout Troops and Guide Units.
  • Ensure that each Troop/Unit has the opportunity to attend
  • Ensure that each Troop/Unit attending provides or supports an activity.
  • Help leaders to consider using parental help to run activities or to help with central catering. This will help leaders so they can have a look around and it can also be a very useful recruitment tool
  • Arrange and co-ordinate transport. We expect over 6,500 people to attend so coaches and minibuses will be fast-tracked
  • Ensure that all Risk Assessments are completed and returned on time
  • Liaise with the Scoutabout team if issues arise in the planning or preparation stages for the event
  • Liaise with your SASU, Network and Explorer Scout teams to get them to support or provide an activity.
  • Arrange and co-ordinate central catering. Combining Troops/Units will reduce the amount of catering equipment required, reduce potential fire risks and reduce the number of caterers required. Ideally we would like to see catering at District or Division level.
  • Act or appoint someone as Contingent Leader responsible for the layout of your District/Division campsite and the maintenance of good camping standards
  • Liaise with the Scoutabout team if issues arise during the event
  • Ensure your Troops/Units provide the activities they have agreed to
  • Ensure that all Scouts and Guides from your District/Division leave the site with appropriate supervision.
  • Leave your District/Division site clean and tidy and don’t leave anything behind
  • Collect feedback and provide this to the Scoutabout team.

Scoutabout FAQs

Scoutabout FAQs

How much does Scoutabout Cost?

The cost of the event itself is £35 per Scout/Guide and £13 for Leaders which covers site hire, activity hire and provision, badges, infrastructure etc.  You will need to add the cost of transport and food to the event cost.

Why does each Troop/Unit have to run an activity?

We buy in some key activities but for the event to be a success, over 4,500 Scouts and Guides need to be entertained.  Scouts/Guides have all sorts of interests and we don’t want them to spend all day queuing for the bigger rides.  The sheer variety and creativity provided by the groups makes Scoutabout an exciting event for the Scouts/Guides and to do that all leaders are asked to help with activities.  In the end it is a matter of logistics.  Troops/Units bringing Scouts/Guides expect them to be entertained and we rely on the leaders to help.  It keeps the costs down and over 200 activities make Scoutabout one of the largest activity camps that Scouts/Guides ever attend.

I don’t have many Scouts/Guides or leaders coming.  Do I still need to run an activity?

Obviously we want there to be as many activities as possible.  If you only have a few Scouts/Guides and have combined with another Troop/Unit to ensure attendance it is usually possible to run one activity between you. This should be agreed with the Scoutabout activities team first.  If you have lots of Scouts/Guides attending, it is expected that an activity will be provided.  It would be worth asking parents and other section leaders for help.

What first aid facilities are available?

Leaders are responsible for the health and happiness of their Scouts/Guides including minor first aid in the same way as other campsites. We have a centralised 1st aid team for more serious accidents/incidents.

Can I drive onto the site?

Only vehicles with a site access pass will be allowed on site on Friday Evening and Sunday afternoon. Other vehicles will be directed to the car park

Can parents come on to the site at the end of the event?

Parents will not be invited to enter the site as a part of Safeguarding procedures.  Should a parent need to enter the site, they will be escorted.

Can I swap attendees if one Scout/Guide drops out at the last minute and another one can come in their place?

Yes you can swap attendees on the online booking system. If you need to swap participants on the day, you’ll need to visit the late registrations tent on arrival.

Can leaders bring their children?

It may be necessary for some leaders to bring their children because of childcare and they will need to be supervised by the leaders. They will not be permitted on the activities

Do I have to escort Scouts/Guides around the site?

Leaders are not expected to escort Scouts/Guides around the site.  The Scouts/Guides should buddy up and go around with their friends.  They meet up with their leaders at mealtimes because the leaders are running activities at other times.  Leaders should manage to find time to have a wander around the site and look at activities, pinch ideas, network and see what the Scouts/Guides are doing.

What toilets are available?

Toilets have been bought in and are kept cleaned throughout the weekend by the service teams.  They are positioned around the site and near the camping areas.  There are also some toilet blocks that are already on the site.

Power on Site

No generators are to be brought into the camping areas.

How do I claim my expenses?

You fill in a claims form and submit it to the County office and you will be paid by BACS.

Scoutabout Team

Scoutabout Team

Surrey Scouts


Name Role

Paul Iverson

Scoutabout Event Leader

Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts)


Katy Cozens (Admin)

Katy deals with all Scoutabout admin


Kevin Yeo (Admin)

Kevin deals with the booking site


Richard Ayears

Site Manager


Mark Wingett

Activities Team Leader


Alistair Tickett

Media Team Leader

Deputy County Commissioner (Media & Comms)


Ian Macqueen

Deputy County Commissioner (Events)


Surrey East Guides

Name Role

Ruth Warren

East Surrey County Scoutabout Rep

District Commissioner Horley West


Surrey West Guides

Name Role

Janet Cowley

County Outdoor Activity Adviser – Adventure Team Lead


Scoutabout 2017 Gallery

Scoutabout 2017 Gallery

Or watch the gallery HERE

Scoutabout 2020
Scoutabout 2020

South of England Showground, Ardingly

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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