Event: Summer camp

Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. It will be a level 3 camp as we will be sleeping in tents. This year our theme is the Commonwealth so we’ll be taking a trip round the world, exploring new countries and of course staging our own Commonwealth Games – all without leaving the campsite in Surrey.

We had been concerned about low numbers but thanks to a last minute surge we can now confirm that camp will run for the full week as planned.


What to do now: We just have a couple of health forms and balance payments outstanding. Don’t forget to research your country – we’ve e-mailed out that list


Where: We will be camping on the Sherman Field at Bentley Copse Camp Site near Cranleigh.

Directions: You will need to make your own way to and from the site. You may like to follow our directions. Whichever way you come you will end up on the narrow lanes so please drive carefully. Do not rely on satnav as the camp site warns us that the postcode will take you to the wrong address.

When: We start at lunchtime on Sunday 16 August so that those that come back from holiday on Saturday can still join us. Camp will run through until lunchtime on Saturday 22 August. As usual we hope that you’ll want to join us for the full camp but we also offer a Sunday to Wednesday 3 night mini-camp option too.

What: This year our theme is the Commonwealth so we’ll be taking a trip round the world, exploring new countries and of course staging our own Commonwealth Games – all without leaving the campsite in Surrey. We plan to make the most of the activities available on site and will include wall climbing, rifle shooting and the assault course in the first half of the week. There will also be a hike up Pitch Hill. Those staying for the full week will also get the chance to take part in activities including archery and go karting. We’ll also have plenty of time for games on the field and a few other challenges on the way plus our evening camp fires.

Who: Camp has been open to all our invested members but the guest list is now closed.
We’ll also need some extra adults to help out. This doesn’t have to mean camping as we need to transport all the gear and will need help pitching the tents. If you would like to stay with us we will also need help in the kitchen with Marian and Hathi, you could help Jacala and Tabaqui run the activities or just come with us on our picnic hike. There is always plenty to do so please ask for more information if you are interested.
The final guest list is:
Full week (8+3): Olivia, Grace, Lily, Kinley, Charlie, Henry, Jake, William and Lucas plus Aaron, Hannon and Holly (Scouts).
Mini camp (5): Aiden, Craig, Katie, Theo and Ethan.

Cost: As usual we are using our Parbrook Cashback to keep down the costs that you have to pay. Sadly the costs of activites and camp fees go up every year which makes it harder to keep down costs. We’re subsidising the camp fees by around £25 for mini-campers and £40 for full campers thanks to the money you have raised for us via Easyfundraising. This means that the camp fees are £70 for the mini camp and £130 for the full week. You can reserve your place with a deposit of £19 for the mini camp and £27 for the full camp.

Paperwork: As usual we need a completed online health from all our campers.

Bring: The kit list shows all that you need to bring. There is nothing particularly unusual required for this camp. There will be some pre-camp research to find out more about a Commonwealth country but we’ll tell you more about that nearer the time.

Previous camps: We last camped at Bentley Copse for Summer Camp in August 2012. Have a look at our reports from past events to see what it is like – just click on the reports link at the top of the page.

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