Family Camp 2024

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July, 2024
Phasels Wood Activity Centre

Book your spot

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July, 2024

Once again we’re returning to the brilliant Phasels Wood Activity Centre. Phasels Wood is just off the M25/A41 near Hemel Hempstead, about 50 miles from Abingdon.

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Who can attend?

Family Camp is suitable for all ages, so the whole family can come along. There is something for everyone, with most activities being suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities (see Activities Programme section below).

How much will it cost?

The cost will be £60 per person but no charge for those five years old and under. This includes all food, drink and activities.

In order to book your space on the camp, a deposit of £50 is required. The balance is due by 1st July 2024. If preferred, you can pay in full at the time of booking. Payments are via bank transfer – details provided once booking form has been completed.

If you need help with the cost of the camp, please speak to or email Badger.

Activities programme

The programme includes a number of exciting activities that are suitable for most ages and abilities, including:

  • Archery
  • Indoor rolling-rock
  • Potholing (man-made system)
  • Toboggan cresta run
  • Pedal go-karts
  • Trampoline aeroball
  • Low-ropes trail

There will also be the opportunity to take part in at least one of the following activities:

  • Climbing/abseiling
  • Crate stacking (over 8’s only)
  • Air rifle shooting (Scouts and over 11’s only, with parental permission)

If bad weather stops any of the activities above, indoor craft activities will be available. 

Saturday evening entertainment

On Saturday evening we have a camp fire, usually accompanied by a fun selection of camp songs (you’ll all be singing along by the end!). Afterwards the youngsters can have a go at toasting some marshmallows and enjoy a hot chocolate. 

Arrival & departure

Campers should arrive between 5.00 and 7.00pm on Friday evening, supper will be provided. Flag break (the official start of the camp) will be around 8.45pm.

We will finish by 2.00pm on Sunday after a light lunch. We will need help packing up the communal camp facilities, so please try and make yourself available!

Food & drink

The camp fee includes all food needed for the weekend, although we do ask each family to bring a cake to add to the communal stock for snacks between activities!

Cooking at the camp is done communally, with all adults normally doing one cooking or washing up duty (as part of a supervised team) on a rota basis. All cooking equipment, crockery and cutlery is provided by the Scout Group. We have use of a fully fitted kitchen.

Allergies and dietary requirements will be catered for, with details requested during the booking process.

Tea, coffee, water and squash are available throughout the weekend. 


There are full toilet and shower facilities very close to our site, and a well stocked providore.

Sleeping is normally in families own tents, but we may have a limited number of 2-3 person tents available on request (let us know while booking).

Explorer Scouts can either camp with their families or in single sex tents.

Camp conditions & rules

In order to camp, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, and non scout siblings must be accompanied throughout by a parent. All children remain their parents responsibility at all times (unless being instructed on an activity).

As children under 8 will be on camp all adults must be a registered Occasional Helper with the Scouts and have a valid DBS disclosure which is done through the Scout system. These are valid for 5 years. NO ADULT CAN CAMP WITHOUT A DBS. If you do not already have this, we will get the relevant forms to you for completion, the earlier the better in our experience.

Please note it is Scout Association policy that all those under 18 should not consume alcohol on a Scout camp.

Should the weather be poor on the weekend, some activities may not be possible. If exceptionally bad there may be circumstances where the camp would need to be curtailed.

If you need to change family numbers / details, please do so before the end of May 2024.

If we exceed the number of campers we can accommodate, a waiting list will be started with deposits returned to those who have paid. 

If we have insufficient numbers to make the camp viable, deposits will be returned.


Register for the camp

Registration is now open to attend, with spaces allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Book early to ensure you don’t miss out!

Dates for your diary

Friday 15th March
Registration closes + deposits due

Monday 1st July
Latest date for full payment

Friday 19th July – Sunday 21st July
Family Camp 2024!


If you have any questions or concerns about Family Camp arrangements please email:


If you have any questions or issues regarding the camp arrangements, please email Tony Allsopp –, or speak to Paul Shipman (Badger) or John Gledhill (Group Scout Leader) at section meetings.