In hiring or using the site you agree to abide by the below statements
The camp site is located in Pease Pottage, in what was Pease Pottage Forest. It is a heavily wooded area and ideal for Standing Camps as well as survival camps or shelter building. Shower and flushing toilets are on site as well as a well appointed Training Centre with catering facilities. The site has good communication links being at the last junction of the M23, as well as being close to bus services and mainline train stations. Gatwick Airport is situated to the north making the site easily accessible to international visitors.
OS Map Ref: TQ 255 335*
Arrival and Departure
We ask that all Scout and Guide Groups using the site arrive and depart in uniform, group shirt or necker. We would also ask that other youth groups using the site respect this wish and dress smartly and appropriately. Please respect the privacy of residents at the top of the lane and keep noise to a minimum
Site access is via the track at the side of East Lodge in Old Brighton Road North. We request where possible that you attempt to limit the amount of vehicles accessing the site. We request youth members are dropped off at the top of the lane and walk to the site limiting traffic to vehicles carrying equipment.There is parking for day visitors half way down the lane and for those camping we ask that after they have unloaded vehicles these are then moved from the site entrance to the overnight car park.
Vehicles, trailers or caravans are NOT allowed on the site. Keys and access to the site will be arranged on an individual basis.
Emergency Contact Phone Number
If while staying at the site you have an incident please contact the duty warden via email at [email protected] on +44(0)7784 272 168, email is often faster.
All camps and activities should have a risk assessment completed. Natural Hazards that can be found on site can be found under Wildlife on Site. The warden is also happy to discuss your risk assessment with you, to ensure all hazards have been picked up, but will not be completing or providing one. All high risk activities on site that use projectiles, e.g., shooting, archery, trebuchets, require a copy of the risk assessment for that particular activity to be sent to the Warden by email beforehand.
K2 Leisure Centre.
The K2 leisure centre is within walking distance of the site. is has excellent facilities for Rock Climbing and Swimming and can be booked for groups activities.
In and around the Camp site there is the opportunity to hike with good routes into Buchan Park, Tilgate and if you fancy all the way down to Balcombe. GPX files are available here for Buchan Park and Tilgate.
Good Maps to start with are
- Explorer 134*
- Landranger 187*
- Landranger 198*
Or if you have a Nokia, Symbian, IPhone or Android phone visit http://www.viewranger.com/.*
ViewRanger is ideal for tourists, walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers, horse riders, geocachers, river boaters – in fact anyone who enjoys the outdoors. It is a unique mapping, navigation, tracking, and information tool for mobile phones that provides information about your immediate surroundings through a natural and intuitive display.
There are all the major supermarkets and good shopping in Crawley for all your supplies, with many of the supermarkets open 24 hours.
The training centre has Catering facilities as well as a Main hall and Meeting room. Tables and Chairs are available. Sleeping in the centre is allowed however this is provisioned on the floor. A disabled toilet is available. The centre can be hired for occasional use. Further details are available from the booking secretary.
The toilet and shower block is open to all campers. We ask that you respect these facilities and leave them as you would expect to find them. The site does not have a maintenance team and we would ask for co-operation between groups camping on the site to ensure that they are left in a clean and tidy manner. The ladies shower block has a disabled toilet.
Electricity for the hut is provided by two coin meters. One for the Hall and Kitchen and one for the meeting rooms. These require £1 coins to operate them.
Water is metered on the site and we ask that where possible you conserve water. All the sites have recently had new Standpipes fitted to them.
There is a main Camp fire circle for all to use. All other fires must be kept off the ground either by using the available altar fires or through other built up means. Due to the make up of the site wood should not be an issue. Any material burnt on site must be in line with the Regulatory position statement from the Environment Agency
Within the site is an fenced area known as the Chapel. we would ask all groups to respect persons using this area for contemplation.
All rubbish must be removed from site. There is no facility on site for the disposal of rubbish and it must be taken with you on your departure. Please do not litter the site and keep the site clear of rubbish.
Trees and Woodland
A large portion of the site is still woodland. Shelter building and coppicing is allowed however please discuss with the booking secretary areas that can be worked. Please protect sound, living trees.
There is a supply of poles on site however please provide you own rope and equipment to use them.
Camp sites are set up for your use, however the more adventurous scouts are welcome to camp in the woods or where they see fit, giving consideration to other using the sites. We ask that persons do not camp on the ‘Main Field’ as this is for all to share and use for activities. We would like you to consider the ‘Chapel’ out of bounds except for those using the area for contemplation. Camping is prohibited in this area. ‘Dora’s’ is specifically for use by those of Explorer Age and the ‘Network’ area likewise. Please note that you will often not be the only group on site, so please respect other using the facilities.
Criminal Record Checks for over 18s
To ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of all young person using the site, any person over 18 years of age residing on the site overnight must have a current Enhanced DBS.
- Dogs are not allowed on site.
- Firearms or Weapons etc; including archery, are not allowed without specific approval from the Booking Secretary.
- You are responsible for undertaking your risk assessment of your activities. The Booking Secretary can advise you of hazards you may encounter on the site.
IF IN DOUBT ASK!!!
For further details please email [email protected]
Deposit must be made at the time that the booking is made. Cheques to be made out to “Crawley District Scout Council”. Final payments to be collected on site. Invoicing for Card payments on request.