Family Camp 2022

After a couple of years off, we’re excited to bring back our hugely popular Family Camp at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire! A fun-packed weekend of camping and activities for the whole family.


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Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July, 2022

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?

Our Family Camps are suitable for all ages, with the emphasis on fun and involvement, making full use of the site activities (weather permitting!). Most activities are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, but some do have age or height restrictions (see Activities Programme section below).

How much will it cost?

The cost will be £57 per person; no charge for those five years old and under. This includes all food, drink, and on site activities.

In order to book your space on the camp, a deposit of £50 is required. The balance is due by 1st July 2022. If preferred, you can pay in full at the time of booking. Payments are via bank transfer. Payment details are provided once booking form has been completed.

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
  • Zip wire (height restrictions apply)
  • Crate stacking (over 8’s only)

Scouts and over 11’s will also have the chance to do air rifle shooting (written parental permission required).

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!).

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

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!


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.

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!

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


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.

At least one parent must attend a meeting at 2nd Abingdon HQ in Farm Road on Tuesday 17th May at 8.15pm to discuss responsibilities, camp rules, menus, programmes, issue health forms and kit list. We need plenty of volunteers for loading, setting up camp, and unloading at the end.

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 2022.

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

Tuesday 17th May, 8.15pm
Parents meeting at HQ

Friday 1st July
Latest date for full payment

Monday 18th July, 7.45pm
Sorting out equipment at HQ

Wednesday 20th July, 7.45pm
Loading vans at HQ

Thursday 21st July
Advance setting up party

Sunday 24th July, 3.30pm
Unload vans at HQ


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